Recently, I ordered the smoked pork chop at Reef, an upscale seafood restaurant headed by famed Houston chef Bryan Caswell.
Back in May, this pork chop was featured on The Food Network's program "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and was recommended by chef Marc Forgione, Bryan Caswell's co-star on and winner of "The Next Iron Chef - Season 3." While I didn't catch this episode myself, I had heard all about it and was eager to try this double-thick, bone-in pork chop. And considering Reef is highly regarded for its seafood, I was curious to see how the pork chop would hold up.
The good news is, Forgione wasn't just kissing ass. I see many more people flocking to Reef in the near future purely for this pork chop, which is pecan-smoked, grilled, and then baked with a brushing of herb butter.
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It's served atop some spicy cabbage, field peas, and finished off with a splash of cherry mustard. For such a gargantuan piece of meat, it is surprisingly tender and juicy. Not to mention, extremely flavorful. I guess sometimes it pays to order the unexpected.
And I don't think you'll find a better pork chop at a seafood restaurant, or a better pork chop in general, than this one from Reef. I must recommend that you also order some of Reef's crispy fries to accompany your meal. They're served with a special Sriracha remoulade that's out of this world.