Pork Chop BBQ in Flemington
Stopped by a new BBQ place in Flemington today. It’s located on Rt 31 North, just after Minneakoning Rd and just before the BJs. It is called Pork Chop BBQ and it serves Portuguese and American BBQ. According to the owner, they are brand new and haven’t officially had a grand opening. They are still in a soft opening phase. Their menu includes some traditional bbq items such as ribs, pulled pork, and wings but also a good selection of Portugese items. This is a very small space with only a few tables. It appears that they expect much of their business to be take-out. I didn’t eat there so I can’t report on the food, but I can tell you that it smelled great in there.
If anyone has the chance to try it out, please report back.
Husband and I ate there last week. The service was a little slow as it seemed the cashier/order taker was overwhelmed as all the tables were full and there were a few people waiting for takeout. Hopefully that will work itself out over time.
We got a rib dinner ($10 for 4 ribs with rice and a side) and a beef and chicken combo. The ribs were good but on the small side, so I would suggest spending extra for the plate with more ribs. The chicken was very good, as was my beef spare ribs. The combo was a HUGE amount of food! We got our order to go, and the combo was served in a big foil tray. In retrospect I wonder if the combo was intended for two people.
All the dishes are served with rice and your choice of side. The rice was plentiful but somewhat soggy for my taste, though I did like that they topped it with pickled vegetables. The coleslaw was good, and the corn bread was not too bad if you like sweet cornbread. (I do, my husband who is from the south does not).
In addition to meats, the menu listed some seafood items that I would like to try, as well as a few dishes I didn't recognize. They offer paella, but it was busy so we didn't want to wait for it to be prepared. I didn't see any takeout menus available, but hopefully they will have some soon because I'd like to phone in my order ahead of time to avoid the wait.
I figure I'll be back in a month or so after they've had a chance to work out some of the kinks.
Ive taken out food here a few times with pretty mixed results. The pulled pork, cole slaw and black beans have all been great. The babyback ribs were frankly inedible - salty beyond belief and threw out an entire rack. They also seemed to be dry rub, which admittedly isnt my favorite, but that notwithstanding they were truly terrible. Also forgot to pack the cornbread I had paid for, which is something Id expect at Burger King, but not for a small, new business that is trying to make a good impression.
I went to this place last week with the intention of having lunch. I walked in about 1:30 PM and there wasn't an employee in sight. There was a fellow chowing down on something while staring at a TV screen (soccer game as I recall) and another individual who was not eating but was talking on his cell phone and staring at me the whole time I was there. At first I thought he was an employee but after a couple of minutes it was clear that he wasn't.
I waited at the counter for 2-3 minutes (yes, I timed it) and no one appeared. I left.
This place may have wonderful BBQ but last week they lost a potential customer. As is often pointed out on this board, you have but one chance to make a first impression. I won't be back.
Btw, I believe the name is actually Pork Chop's BBQ.