All too often, pork chops are better in theory than in practice, with oversized slabs of overcooked pork that get to be a grind on my molars after just a few bites. Thankfully, Chef Jonathan Whitener takes more pride in sourcing (and cooking) pork chops at Here’s Looking At You, the eclectic Koreatown restaurant he runs with front of house partner Lien Ta.
Heritage Pork Chop ($46) won’t always be on the menu, since heritage pork takes longer to raise and is harder to come by. Luckily, I was able to coincide my visit with beautiful rosy slices and succulent rib meat, which lay out like a fan in a bowl with beer yeast tonkotsu broth, meaty king oyster mushrooms, and purple cabbage. The pork itself is fat-rimmed, but still nice and meaty, reaching peak potential on a grill that feeds on stonefruit and hickory wood.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.