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As I continually do research on local establishments to dine at, I came across Pork & Mindy’s while watching an episode of Travel Channel’s Food Paradise where the main theme was pork. Located in Wicker Park, Pork & Mindy’s labels itself as “Creative BBQ.” Powered by celebrity chef Jeff Mauro, this bbq offers innovative twists on classic pork sandwiches.

There were two sandwiches featured on Food Paradise, thus there were two sandwiches I tasted during my visit. The first is Bao to the Pork, a pulled pork sandwich fused with Asian influences. The pulled pork shoulder is served on a steamed bao bun, topped with pickled daikon and carrot, cucumbers, and jalapeño relish, drizzled with Asian Plum sauce. The unique factor of this sandwich is the steamed bao bun with its light and fluffy texture. The other sandwich is the 3 Big Piggies. In between a brioche bun is a mountain of “Pig Candy” bacon stacked on top of pulled pork that is also stacked on a fried pork loin. It takes a lot of effort to fit the sandwich and taste all three in one bite, but one should never complain on big portions.

After my trial with these two sandwiches, I look forward to going back to Pork & Mindy’s to taste their other sandwiches, and of course to tackle the 3 Big Piggies once again.