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Restaurants asking how you want your pork prepared? [moved from New Jersey board]

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[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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: tommy

      I recently had the Bershire Pork at Per Se in NY, and was not asked what my doneness preference was. I should probably call to complain.

      1. re: creamfinger

        Perhaps the Berkshire Pork you had was braised? Then no temp. On a chop, a temp should be offered. Anywhere I dine, if I am ordering a thick piece of pork I am offered a temperature.