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t.susannah.chen Sep 25, 2011 04:02 PM

The BF and I got into a heated discussion about this today. I never order pork chops because I find that they're either hit or miss, and usually the latter, rather than the former. A good pork chop should be flavorful, reasonably fatty on the edges, juicy as hell, and in a perfect world, layered enough in flavor so that you don't get totally palate-fatigued 1/3 of the way through it. The best pork chop I recall having was years ago at Town Hall, but shortly thereafter I stopped ordering pork chops after too many regretful incidences. (I wonder if it's still any good after all these years?) So if I were to jump back into the pork chop game, where would you suggest going for a no-fail PC?

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Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

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  1. Cynsa Sep 25, 2011 07:21 PM

    NOPA and Mission Beach Cafe have delectable pork chops on their menus.

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    Nopa
    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Mission Beach Cafe
    198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Frosty Melon Sep 26, 2011 08:37 AM

      I was not a fan of my pork chop at Town Hall last month. But it was soon followed by a much better one at Schmidt's in the Mission. It must've been an inch thick which made me leery it'd be dry, but it was much juicier than Town Hall's.

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      Town Hall Restaurant
      342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

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        Justin L Sep 26, 2011 12:18 PM

        Second Nopa!

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        Nopa
        560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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          Nopa Sep 26, 2011 01:04 PM

          3rd Nopa

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          Nopa
          560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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            absc Sep 26, 2011 02:21 PM

            4th on Nopa.

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            Nopa
            560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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              drewskiSF Sep 26, 2011 04:02 PM

              5th

        2. Civil Bear Sep 26, 2011 01:17 PM

          The Tee-Off does a great high-end pork chop in a dive bar.

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          Tee Off Bar & Grill
          3129 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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            DavidT Sep 26, 2011 01:19 PM

            The pork chops grilled over charcoal at Joe's of Westlake in Daly City are worth a try. You would think they would get dried out being cooked like that, but they don't. They are served plain, with no sauce or heavy seasoning. Just pure pork!

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            Joe's of Westlake
            11 Glenwood Ave, Daly City, CA 94015

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              chocolatetartguy Sep 26, 2011 02:12 PM

              Barely across the bay, but the brined Berkshire chops from Cafe Rouge's butcher shop. They must serve it in the restaurant sometimes too.

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              Cafe Rouge
              1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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                lazybaker Sep 26, 2011 02:27 PM

                Although it's not always on their menu, Perbacco's double thick maple brined Berkshire pork chop is to die for. I would always choose that over Nopa's pork chop, but Nopa's is a very close second.

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                Perbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                Nopa
                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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                  budnball Sep 26, 2011 04:06 PM

                  once and again NOPA!

                  1. mariacarmen Sep 30, 2011 09:18 PM

                    i'm so behind the times, i've still not been to Nopa.
                    I used to love the pork chop at foreign cinema - they had a lavender brined one that was thick, juicy, with good fat around the edges (the best part), and flavored all the way through. i think they bring it back now and then. right now they're featuring: "Smoky masala pork chop, chanterelle-radicchio-leek bread pudding, Gruyere." Sounds wonderful.

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                    Nopa
                    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                    1. Greyhoundgrrl Oct 1, 2011 03:25 PM

                      Love the house-smoked pork chop with escarole, bacon, and apricots at Chenery Park.

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                      Chenery Park Restaurant
                      683 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

                      1. Pei Oct 1, 2011 07:37 PM

                        I'm with you on the no love for pork chops, but I do have a lot of respect for the one at Zuni. Aside from that, I stay away from pork chops unless they've been fried a la Chinese pork chops or wienershnitzel

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                        Zuni Cafe
                        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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