701 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco
701 Bald Eagle Drive
At Porky's Last Stand you can choose from barbecue delicacies like baby-back ribs, smoked chicken and pulled pork. Porky's also offers some local flavor with the likes of smoked oysters, frog legs and gator nuggets. Entrees come with a choice ...More about Porky's - Marco »
Porky’s Last Stand is a restaurant built on barbecue. As the name implies, this is the place to come for some good old-fashioned pork, whether it’s spare ribs, baby backs, sliced pork, or all the way with the Hawg Fest For Two.
But a trip to Porky’s doesn’t have to involve pigging out. They offer lighter meals, and even seafood, so it’s possible for dining companions with different agendas to each find what they want on the menu.
Each day brings new specials in addition to the regular menu items, and many in-the-know Marco Islanders schedule their visits for specific days to enjoy their favorites.
Lunchtime on a recent Friday brought a blackened chicken spinach salad, and a beer-battered grouper sandwich as specials. It also brought Sandy Moore and Maria Aguilar.
“I love Porky’s. The wait staff is very friendly, and you get a lot of food for the money,” said Moore.
“We come here on Fridays for the spinach salad and on Wednesdays for the prime rib wrap. And we always request Joy’s section,” added Aguilar.
Both the spinach salad and the grouper sandwich cost $8.95.
The grilled herb-rubbed chicken sitting on top warms the spinach, and brings out the flavor of the tangy sweet bacon vinaigrette dressing, with crumbled bacon adding a little crunch. Along with tomato and red onion, generous helpings of hard-boiled egg and cucumber slices round out a lunch that will fill you up and still let you feel satisfied.
The open-faced, beer-battered grouper special can be assembled and eaten as a sandwich, but it is equally appealing as a platter. The grouper is a hefty portion, golden-fried and joined by a full range of sandwich fixings and a side of French fries. The coleslaw that accompanies the dish deserves special mention. Crisp shredded cabbage and vegetables come lightly covered, not drowned, in a sauce that blends creaminess and piquancy, the perfect complement to the grouper.
It’s possible to spend even less on lunch at Porky’s, and still dine well. The Caesar salad is just $6.95, or $7.95 topped with chicken, and some patrons order it again and again.
“This is the best chicken Caesar salad ever — I live on it,” said Diane Sweeney, who works nearby at Gulfshore Insurance and comes by often.
Or for as little as $3.25, you can have a cup of soup and one trip to Porky’s extensive salad bar, housed in a farm trailer and presided over, apparently, by Porky himself, an overall-clad pig mannequin.
Porky’s Last Stand has just celebrated their 10-year anniversary on Marco on Sept. 20, and they just reopened the original restaurant in Golden Gate.
“I like our variety of everything,” said manager Toni Ison who has been at the restaurant since it opened. “We have a very good salad bar, soup and sandwich specials, a lot of wraps, steaks and seafood. A lot of people think it’s just barbecue.”
With live entertainment, free happy hour food, a full bar, pool tables, and catering and events including hog roasts available, Porky’s has something for everyone.
And at lunch, they definitely have something tasty for not much cash.