4

Food Fight: Pork (A Special Menu of Menus Edition)

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

You'd think doing a Food Fight with so many places under one roof would be easy. It's not. But such is life at the annual and extremely popular Houston Press Menu of Menus event, held Tuesday night at the Spring Street Studios. I got there early, beat the heavy crowds, and did a quick once-over of the place. I was in search of a good battle. What I found was pork, and lots of it.

Lucky's Pub

Lucky's churned out a very respectable showing with their sweet barbeque pulled pork on top of a crostini. My pickle-topped bite reminded me of really good ballpark food. The tanginess of the pickle and the sweetness of the pork were pleasing, yet unspectacular. With stomach space at a premium, I decided to move on.

The Rolling Hunger (Food Truck)

Never heard of The Rolling Hunger? That's okay. This food truck has only been open for a little over a week. Hell, even after visiting with one of the workers, I still don't know too much about this truck. Thanks to the loud outdoor music, I had a difficult time hearing the gentleman. But I got enough info. This is fusion eating, highlighting Korean, Mexican and Vietnamese influences. I sampled the Korean pork mini tostadas. The meat was super-tender, sweet and topped with a guacamole sauce, tomatoes and red onions.

Harry's Restaurant & Café

Yet another pulled pork representative. I'll give Harry's credit for one thing--that pork was very moist. But it lacked some flavor, and the accompanying mashed sweet potatoes were an odd choice. That pork needed a buddy, it just wasn't the potatoes.

Rudyard's

Bravo, Rudyard's. It was a smart move serving the pulled pork in a mini, soft corn tortilla -- the perfect vehicle to get that tender pork from the plate to my mouth. Top it off with a little jalapeno salsa, and you've got a darn good appetizer.

Results

  • Gold Medal: The Rolling Hunger-This was not only the best pork dish, but the best thing at Menu of Menus. Find this place. Now.
  • Silver Medal: Rudyard's-Just well composed and extremely tasty.
  • Bronze Medal: Lucky's Pub-Good, but not enough to hang with the big boys.
  • Participation Award: Harry's Restaurant & Café-That delicious pork still needed a kick.

Follow Eating Our Words on Facebook and on Twitter @EatingOurWords

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.