Best Thing We Ate
Best Thing We Ate: Pork Chop at Foreign & Domestic
On Tuesday we escaped the downtown masses for the still buzzing Foreign and Domestic. The North Loop-area neighborhood restaurant’s fabled $1 oyster night held up to its briny promises, and, as usual, the rest of the meal enchanted too.
It’s hard to resist F&D’s gruyere popovers, but we held out for a nightly special of parmesan gougeres, which welcomed us into a dinner of over-the-top goodness, as did the enormous chicken and a biscuit featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, with perfect fried chicken, fried egg and plenty of spicy gravy on a hefty black-pepper-cheddar biscuit with lemon jam and romaine-and-red-onion slaw.
But our favorite part? The seriously seared pork rib chop from Black Hills farm. The sweet pickled jalapeños and red onion enhanced the tender meat, and the collard greens with potatoes and mushrooms complemented the pork well. And what’s an entree without something fried? Chef Ned Elliott keeps it classy with gouda corn fritters that have just enough melty cheese in the middle. Add in a swirl of brown pan gravy on the plate, and you have heaven.