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Remembrance of Pork Chops Past

Well, previously I had two pork chops that were in my own personal pork chop pantheon:

-The pork chop with vinegar peppers from Vinny's at night. I mean seriously truly amazingly delicious. Nevermind the cave man sized portion out of which I think I got a total of 4 meals...

- A close friend also has an entry in the Hall of Fame. He buys a whole rack of smoked pork chops from Karl's Sausage house, then crisps them on his grill for about an hour under lowish heat. The rack is served whole at the table, truly amazing.

- Well at the urging of HeatherMB who also doggedly finally got me to try Vinny's, I knuckled under and had the pork chop at Eastern Standard on Friday. Honestly, was not even that hungry. So it is first house smoked, then grilled, served on a bed of creamy polenta, and topped with fresh local kernel corn. Spot on. Once again pork chop perfection. Almost everyone at the bar in our crew had a bite, and agreement was, superb.

Anyone else feel free to chime in with your own pork chop's past.

On an Eastern Standard note. One in our party had the burger, which was just fine, but not that noteworthy, and another had the Cuban Sandwich which he deemed only just passable. "Chez Henri has nothing to worry about.

The cocktails were spot on. The pours of wine more then generous.

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. Ages ago, Doyle's served stuffed pork chops that were actually really good, especially since you'd had a few by then.

    1. The pork chop at Taranta is a memorable experience. It's glazed in a peppery, sugar cane glaze and served with a saute of Peruvian corn, spinach and onion and I think mashed yucca. The pork chop is perfectly cooked, juicy and tender. It's enough for at least 2 meals. I don't typically order pork chops when I go out but I do if I am at Taranta.

      I've never had the pork chop at Vinny's; only their chicken parm which I do enjoy.

      1. i do like ESK's pork chop and also their frisee salad, roasted bone marrow, their charcuterie plate, and the lamb sirloin. I like their drinks and the range of their menu: i can always have the frisee if I'm not hungry and some oysters and leave happy. There's a nice mix of "fancy it up" and "dress it down" here and I think it's held up pretty well. As to the burger, I've yet to try theirs or the radius or craigie burger. I get a darn good one at the Washington Square Tavern in my neighborhood.

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        Washington Square Tavern
        714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

        1. The porterhouse pork chop at 75 Chestnut is pretty amazing. I don't know how they get it to be so tender. A side of shallot mashed potatos and I'm happy.

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          75 Chestnut
          75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

          1. grilled pork chops at Don Ricardo's. Sliced thin, marinated in something Brazilian or Peruvian, grilled, and absolutely delicious

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            Don Ricardo's Restaurant
            57 W Dedham St, Boston, MA 02118