"Street food at its swinest," boasts the website of the Porker Cart. Owner Chad Clevenger spent years in classic kitchens, but when he hit the streets as a mobile vendor, he went hog wild, serving up a rotating menu of pig products, everything from ribs slathered in tequila-habanero barbecue sauce to braised belly loaded into tamales. The cart makes special appearances at events around town -- and does catering -- but at lunchtime, it can usually be found at 17th and California streets, where it provides gourmet grub for business types willing to venture off the mall. And despite his focus on pork, Clevenger also offers a variety of vegetarian options, including a daily special.
Swine sultan Chad Clevenger's humble stainless-steel cart, perched on a downtown corner, unleashes a snort of pig-centric street food in all guises: pork belly, pork cheeks, pulled pork slathered with barbecue sauce and heaped with slaw, grilled macaroni and cheese hog-wild with pig, and, on occasion, a simply incredible posole. It's an unduplicated, indelible bowl of New Mexican warmth, tinted a ruddy complexion from the fiery red chile, laden with hominy, aromatic with onions, Mexican... More »
We couldn't resist posting a graphic close-up of one of our favorite dishes from Chad Clevenger's Porker Cart.This dish starts with a bed of cold soba noodles bathed in a light soy vinaigrette and tos... More »
Just got off the horn with Chad Clevenger, chef/owner of Mel's Bar and Grill, who called to say he was done -- finito -- with the restaurant that he took over from Mel Master in July 2008. "I'm pretty... More »
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