Try These 5 Seriously Outrageous Pork Dishes in Houston
Half a pig head for dinner? Why the hell not!
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From a nearly half-foot pork chop carved tableside to family style pig head, here are five of Houston's Most Outrageously Delicious Pork Dishes:
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Half a Pig Head Where to get it: The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer
Last month, The Hay Merchant introduced a family-style section to the menu. The pièce de résistance just may be this split down the middle, roasted pig head ($45, feeds 4-6). Bring some friends and build your own pork wraps with shreds of succulent meat, tortillas, lettuce cups, kimchi salsa and pickled veggies.
The porkobuco is cooked in the style of osso buco so the meat falls off the bone.
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Porkobuco Where to get it: Brooklyn Athletic Club, 601 Richmond
Ossobuco is usually made with a veal shank, but BAC flips the tradition on its head with a massive Neiman Ranch pork shank instead. The monster shank comes perfectly caramelized and tender as all get out thanks to a braise in a rich wine and herb stock. Served with decadent pan gravy and a smoky bacon, chopped pecan, potato and asparagus hash, the porkobuco ($25) is an absolute must try.
Chef Ruben Ortega's bright and vivid flavors celebrate the best of Mexican cuisine.
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Lechón Where to get it: Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer
The majesty of authentic Mexican cuisine shines with chefs Hugo Ortega and Ruben Ortega's beautifully-prepared, achiote-rubbed, whole-roasted suckling pig. Get the lechon appetizer ($12), where the tender pork is served shredded inside a banana leaf and topped with chicharron (crispy pork skin) for good measure. Served with fiery habanero salsa, cilantro, pico, and corn torillas, this is DIY tacos done oh so right.
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You'll get this best deal on this baby during Friday lunch.
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Table-Carved Pork Chop Where to get it: Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, multiple locations
Perry's pork chop is famous for a reason: The table-side carved delight stands around five inches tall and is juicy and tender. The prime chop is cured, roasted, slow-smoked, and caramelized before coming to the table dripping in garlic butter. For the best deal, get a lunch cut with homemade applesauce and whipped potatoes for just $13.95 during their Famous Pork Chop Friday Lunch (also available during Wed. lunch at the Clear Lake location).
Wash this pork shank down with a craft brew or some soju.
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Bo Ssam Where to get it: Dosi Restaurant & Soju Bar, 2802 S. Shepherd
You may need some soju to wash down this whole roasted Black Hill Farms pork shank. The Korean-style succulent pig is served with all the fixin's — bibb lettuce, pickled veg, kimchi, ssamjang, rice, and savory pot gravy — for your wrapping, topping, and dipping pleasure. Get the 3-6 pound shank for $16/pound.
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