All-American Eats @ Kate Mantilini

One of my favorite dishes on this planet is a seared pork chop with mashed potatoes and applesauce.  Simple.  American.  Glorious.  Trouble is, it's uncommon to find a chef that gets a pork chop right these days — most are so afraid of not cooking it enough that they cook it to death.  Nothing more depressing.

So it was with delight that I tried the pork chop with applesauce at Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills.  It is, friends and readers, my favorite pork chop ever.  Juicy, juicy, juicy, with a delicious salty crust, homemade applesauce, and creamy potatoes.  Stop it.  I now go there just to order this dish (plus a plate of oysters).  The best thing?  You can place a double order and take the second chop home for lunch the next day.  Amazing.

Even more amazing is the hot butterscotch sundae with glazed walnuts to go with it.  You know how I feel about old-school comfort food, and when it's done right, it's art.  And in this lively space with its crowded, almost diner-esque menu, fantastic service, and comfortably modern decor, you can't lose.  A favorite time and again.


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