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Aug 14, 2012 12:45 PM

Best Pork Chop in The Triangle?

My husband claims that he has never had a good pork chop and thus all pork chops are dry and flavor-less. Where would you recommend me taking him so I can change his mind? Thanks in advance!

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  1. I've had excellent pork chops in the area. Watts Grocery had a succulent, delicious one. Their menu changes frequently - right now it is not offered.

    Joyce & Family in Fuquay-Varina does a terrific job of Southern standards, including pork chops. Their offerings change daily so call first. I have not been there since they moved, but they have got the recipes down pat!

    Office worker warning - immediate sound on Joyce's web site!

    1. Get a time machine and go to Magnolia Grill.

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      1. re: LBD

        Agreed about the Magnolia Grill pork chop, but if you can't get your paws on a time machine, Vin Rouge in Durham does a pretty respectable one. Look for "Côtes de Porc" (pronounced "coat deh pohr") on the menu. It comes with pommes purées, braised purple cabbage, apple cider sauce.

        1. re: ToothTooth

          We miss Magnolia Grill already, unfortunately neither of us tried their pork chop while we had the chance :(

          Thanks for the recommendations, I'm thinking of taking him to either Vin Rouge or Watts Grocery. I'm assuming if their pork chop is as good as their other offerings my husband will be sure to have a change of heart.

          1. re: SittingOnAMtnTop

            The key is good meat. The best pork in the area comes from Cane Creek Farms. It's available at the Carrboro Farmer's Market among other places. You don't want just any chop, you want pure Ossabow. The Ossabow is a unique breed of pigs that I could write paragraphs about (check out the book Pig Perfect). Eliza also supplies restaurants, but I would cook it at home and serve it with corn and what ever else is fresh.

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              I've been wanting to try an Ossabow chop, do they usually have them on hand at the farmers market? Mag Grill usually serverd Berkshire, my last meal there the menu specified Eden Farms.

              1. re: LBD

                When I want them, I contact Eliza ahead to make sure they have them. They also have Crossabow, which is an Ossabow crossed with a larger pig, which is less fatty than the pure Ossabow. My mouth is watering as I type this post...

              2. re: Tom from Raleigh

                I had an amazing grilled ossabaw pork chop at Panciuto a while back.

                1. re: brsmith2

                  Cane Creek now has Ossabaw chops available. Get them now. They run a bit on the small side, but they are awesome.