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Sep 28, 2006 09:34 PM

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.

Thank you.

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  1. 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!

    1. OCEANFRONT Restaurant at Casa Del Mar in Venice would be plan A, closely followed by CUT which is Plan B.

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      1. re: russkar

        Casa Del Mar is in Santa Monica. James Beach, in Venice does an awesome pork chop, but the rest of their menu is pretty boring.

      2. I have always liked the pork chop at Patty's Place in Seal Beach; never been disappointed.

        1. 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.

          you can book both on

          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.

          happy birthday!

          1. 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.

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            1. re: RSMBob

              Yet another "unreal" thing about Joko's is the incredibly long wait and their disdain for honoring reservations.