Restaurants asking how you want your pork prepared? [moved from New Jersey board]
[We've moved this digression from the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806123 -- The Chowhound Team]
I've never been in a restaurant were I was asked how I wanted my pork prepared. Beef, yes. Salmon, sure. ...but pork?
I've been dying for a decent pork tartare, but you just never see it on a menu.
Since the FDA has loosened its regulations on pork cooking temperatures, you will be seeing better restaurants asking.
I've always ordered pork medium, when I thought the restaurant would bother honoring it, and if I thought they would probably overcook it if I didn't. Not specifying, of course, puts any blame for cooking beyond ones preference squarely on the diner, not the restaurant.