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.
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.
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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Table-Carved Pork Chop Where to get it: Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, multiple locations
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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).
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.