I have been trying to eat really healthy since my return from the rainforest land of Costa Rica where my diet consisted of fruit and fish daily, but sometimes a girl just craves some meat. Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop In Venice calmed my craving as I ‘Oooohed’ and ‘Aaaaawed’ with every bite I ate.
I started with the delectable ribs that fell right off the bone, then my next 10 bites consisted of perfectly sauced smoked brisket called The Chop. Who knew brisket takes 16 hours from start to finish? Truly amazing! Smoky and sweet. To calm my meat palate down a bit, I was presented with sweet potato tater tots and fried pickles or “frickles.” Both were given in little bags in a generous amount. As I drank my cherry vanilla cola from the retro soda machine, I moved on to the signature sandwich called the Belly Up, a pork belly sandwich with their own barbecue sauce and homemade cole slaw on a brioche roll. The 12-hour process to create this juicy feast from start to finish includes their own injection, a two-hour spice rub and a cooking time of 6-10 hours. I have not seen a barbecue sandwich done like this anywhere in LA. Perfection! What I also loved is they snuck a tiny chocolate chip cookie in the wrapping.
I was able to see the 300 pound capacity smoker in the back of the shop that they brought in from Tennessee. Other items you may want to try are the PBLT (thick sliced pork belly) or the Abbot Joe, similar to a Sloppy Joe with a fried egg on top. They even have Slop Tots and Chop Tots, like chili cheese fries but better. Their formula consists of brisket on top of tater tots with Parmesan and aged cheddar cheese melted on top.
Located on a convenient corner spot in Venice, what was deemed the coolest neighborhood in America last year. I loved standing and eating at their outdoor street table chatting with new friends who were also ‘Ooooohing’ and ‘Aaaaahing’ at the meat perfection. To learn more about the chef, Co-owner John Swire, the cooking process and food, as well as watch the creations come alive, check out the Joe Eats LA video on their site. All sandwiches are under $9.
Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop
1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.