Very Best Porkchop
It's that time of year (birthday) where I get to choose where my SO will take me for a celebratory dinner. My question for the Hounds is: Who serves the very best porkchop?? A huge zin with the perfect porkchop will be birthday heaven.
We are willing to travel anywhere in the OC or LA (based in Newport). Surprisingly, the very best chop I have had so far in Southern California was at Beechwood in Venice. Second place would be Tabu Grill in South Laguna.
I like the thick, flavorful, properly cooked (medium/medium rare)tyoe of chop.
The Kurobuta pork chop at CUT is very good, better than their different cuts of beef.
For the non-Japanese variety, I like the pork chops at SADDLE PEAK LODGE.
Oh, and Happy Birthday!
the kurobuta at at PARKWAY GRILL in pasadena is surprisingly good although i think a huge zin will overpower this one. a weightier pinot might be the call.
joe's in venice also served us a beautiful cut off their tasting menu with some shiso flower relish we brought to them, but it's not always on the menu so, check first.
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my husband's pork chop was also very good at beechwood.
for the thin chinese "soul food" pork chop, we're addicted to the salty pork chop with chiles at phoenix cafe in chinatown.
hmmm, my mouth is watering.
Well, in my view, I have to go outside the boundries of LA and OC to enjoy the best pork chop I have ever eaten in SoCal, but technically (geographically speaking, anyways) it's still in "southern California". That would be at Jocko's in Nipomo cooked over the oak pit. Unreal...and worth the drive.
One of my favorite places in all of the CH-bounded LA area is Trabuco Oaks steakhouse in Trabuco Canyon. They occasionally have a pork chop as their special and the one time I had it it was darn good...well worth checking out. And if they don't have it and you have to "fall back" to one of their steaks, that's a no-lose proposition.