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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.

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.

        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.

          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

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

            1. Carmen has a great Rack of pork, and I actually really like the pork chop at the Beehive as well.

              1. Not a restaraunt per se, but Down Home Delivery (in the JP/Roslindale area) does southern food for delivery. They have a southern fried porkchop that's freaking outstanding. Think chicken fried steak, with a pork chop instead!!!!

                1. Pork Chops Past: I remember loving and craving Paul Sussman's thick and delicious pork chop at the late lamented (though it's hard to grieve totally, as Oleana's took over the spot) Daddy-O's

                  1. The chicken fried pork chops at Highland Kitchen are off the hook. Served with collard greens and mashed potatoes, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

                    Highland Kitchen
                    150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                    1. The only thing my wife and freinds that we usually go with order at "The Venetian" in Weymouth, is the pork chops and vinegar peppers. Choice of sides. Always gets at least two meals out of it. They are quite good. And cheap! Did I mention free parking?

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                      1. re: CocoDan

                        CocoDan, my parents have been getting that their forever (I was raised in East Weymouth, well, until 5th grade that is, I am 40, and I remember them ordering that dish when I was like 5!)......but just an FYI, their pizza (at least it used to be) was off the hook as well.

                        1. re: devilham

                          I have always really liked their pizza. I think it's the best on the South Shore. Carmine's in Squantum is a very close second.

                          Their pasta sauces are also quite good, and we always keep a supply in the freezer for a quick meal.

                          Not a gourmet outlet, but real good for the price.


                          1. re: CocoDan

                            After we moved away from Weymouth, we lived in Scituate, and I would take dates to that place!!!! I couldn't help it, I just craved their pizza!!! But enough on this, don't want to hijack the thread, and I know for a FACT that there is a thread that covers Weymouths two best pizza joints anyways (I think it Denley's? The other one, it's a bar...and it's awesome, also haven't been in probably 35 years though)

                            1. re: CocoDan

                              Dan, I still order pizza from Carmines since you suggested it and for the most part I'm really happy with it. The last few weeks though, someone else has been making the pizza and the flavor has been really flat. It's as if they forgot to put any of the seasoning on, so I add some oregano and pop it in the oven for a few minutes and it's fine. I've thought of about mentioning it next time I order, but I'm a little hesitant, afraid they may get insulted I guess.

                        2. Mexican Cuisine once had a chorizo stuffed smoked pork chop in salsa pipian. yessirree bob.
                          i have a thing for smoked foods. smoke almost anything and i'm delighted.( i make a killer rick bayless-inspired stew w/ smoked pork shoulder, chorizo, smoked onion and smoked tomato, buttercup squash.......i posted it a few yrs ago in CH's home cooking board.)

                          1. The best pork chops I've ever had are probably from Mrs. Jones in Lower Mills (Dorchester). I do recall having some great pork chops as a kid--why am I thinking The Acropolis in Cambridge? Or maybe those were lamb chops.... :-)

                            1. Bitter orange marinade and pork chops quickly fried or grilled is one of the best combinations I can think of. The Forest Cafe dish that opinionated mentioned was loosely based on such a yucatan orange sauce and they dropped the smoking for just "smokey chorizo" after Jim Fahey left (although I now see the reference to salsa pipian which was one I never ordered). (The East Coast grill also did a pork chop with orange and some smokiness on the brunch menu a few times, but haven't seen it for ages.) BTW opinionated chef Zocalo does cochinita pibil which sounds like your dish might be based on. There certainly are caribbean restaurants which may use a bitter orange marinade, but I mostly do my own.

                              The ham chop at Henrietta's is pretty dern good. Also in the breakfast/brunch realm, the Neighborhood Restaurant often has "Febras" (thin portuguese chops) on the Saturday specials menu (and Sunday they will usually do them) and nearby JJ+s has a good bifana the pork version of a prego no pao (and the Snack Bar does the man of war which is the same chop with egg, ham, cheese as a sandwich). As far as pork and vinegar peppers, I prefer it from Abbondanza in Everett to Vinny's which I am in the minority of not liking it because of the sauce. I did like the Daddy O's version, but you have to remember that at that time the double-cut pork chop was in demand and now its pork belly, although the Blue Room seems to sometimes offer one still. Grill 23 also has a nice version which I've only had a taste of and would order myself.

                              Grill 23 & Bar
                              161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

                              The Blue Room
                              Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

                              35 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116

                              1. 2nd the Vinny's and Taranta mentions.

                                Cafe Bella in Randolph does a great chop as well.

                                As much as I hate the place overall, Davios does have a good chop.