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Captain Porky's

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38995 N US Highway 41, Wadsworth, IL 60083-9652
+1 847-360-7460
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Waukegan, Illinois, United States
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64 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The food in this little shack is really delicious ! This restaurant is basically for seafood but there are other items on the menu that supplement the seafood . The main thing is that whatever you choose to eat will be succulent . Where ever you live , you will make plans to visit this establishment over and over .

Thank JC-n2-Cl
NE Illinois
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101 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We have tried this place 2-3 times...only because we love ribs, but after the third try and declining food...we are officially done with this restaurant! The ribs are tough and not much meat on them...sides are not good either! I've personally never been to the restaurant to eat...my husband has always grabbed it on the way home from work...could have... More 

Thank JFLovestravel51
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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146 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Stopped at this place on the way back from Madison. It was the perfect low-hassle food stop for a road trip. So many choices of delicious smoked meats and fried seafood, it was hard to choose. I chose the Smelt with coleslaw, and my husband the crawfish tails and hush puppies. I can't believe how fast we shoveled that food... More 

Thank noxiousburrito
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had the Catfish, Crab Cakes, Alligator, Fried Shrimp and of course some bbq. ALL of it was wonderful. Everything ordered was first rate and delicious. My son picked it up and brought it back. We all shared our choices and single person was impressed. Next time I am in town I am most certainly ordering again and again.

1 Thank L J
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We have been here before and the food is always good. We had a smoked salmon salad, fried perch, wild mushroom salad, and Oreo cheesecake. It did not disappoint. Food was very good and although there isn't a lot of ambiance the good food makes up for lack of tablecloths and table service. One of our favorite places for fried... More 

Thank Barbara S
Bloomington, Illinois
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235 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The staff here is wonderful!! We stopped in for lunch after a co-worker suggested it, and that it had been on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I had to stop! We both had BBQ, and I had the garlic potatoes which were legendary. Great place for lunch. They also have seafood as well.

Thank CopperAddict
Wadsworth, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Just had their Baby back Pork Ribs on sat. with greens,FF, and corn bread/excellent. When you walk in the place just smells amazing. They have a wide range of pork products, fresh fish,ie. salmon,walleye,blue gill,shrimp of all sizes, and approx. 10-12 others types of fish. You can eat in on picnic benches or take it home with you. A lot... More 

Thank jddonlin
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We had the cozy corner by the window, felt like we were by ourselves, even though the place was hopping! We loved the combos and shared from each other's plate. We will be back again. The cod and shrimp were very lightly battered and delicious.

Thank KnowQuality
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Stopped by before, and after, a visit to the nearby Tempel Lippizan horse show. They have a nice variety of fresh seafood & meats. The accidentally made some extra food for our order and gave us it at no charge. We saw a nice dessert menu but were full, so after the show we stopped by for warm bread pudding... More 

Thank LyleK
Wadsworth, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The food is awesome! We live close by and enjoy takeout a few times a month. If you're driving through on 41, they do have some seating if you'd rather sit down. It can be pretty messy so eating on the go isn't too wise. I only wish the lobster Mac n Cheese was available everyday.

Thank Jodi L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38995 N US Highway 41, Wadsworth, IL 60083-9652
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Wadsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 847-360-7460

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?