500BestSquareDouble-Cut Pork Chop @ Rue 127

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My favorite entree at this compact but excellent Mid-City bistro is a thick slab of bone-in pork loin. The menu makes no claim for its source–it’s not from a Mangalitsa or Kurabuta pig. It’s lean and beautifully trimmed. Yet it lacks nothing in its flavor. Could win against the pedigreed chops in a blind tasting. I suspect it may be brined (a good thing). The sauce is made with whiskey and roasted peppers, with corn coush-coush (pudding) on the side. Finally, they have the good sense to leave it a little pink in the middle (which the USDA has declared is perfectly safe).

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Rue 127. Mid-City: 127 N Carrollton Ave. 504-483-1571.

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