Hi All -
I doubt anyone will know the place I'm talking about, but if I'm to have any luck on the internet with this search, Chowhound is surely my best bet.
So! Sometime in the early to mid 1980's, there was a hole-in-the-wall Puerto Rican restaurant on Arch Street in New Britain, CT. Now, I should point out that I don't know for a fact that it was indeed a Puerto Rican restaurant - I was a small boy at the time, but my father is pretty certain the place was Puerto Rican.
Anyhow, my family would visit the restaurant every so often for what were, in my family's opinion, some of the best (if also kinda oily/greasy) pork chops we had ever tasted. They were somewhat crisp on the outside, but not tough. They were sometimes a bit oily, but never short of delicious. I remember they would keep them hot in a small little heat lamp device and then serve them up in paper bags (we would get them to go). They also served some rather tasty fried chicken, but we always went for the pork chops. Unfortunately, the place went out of business, and we have never found anything to compare (nor did my father ever ask exactly how they prepare the pork chops, or if they have a special name). And so, I turn to you, oh faithful Chowhounder. Does anyone remember a place like this? Or, if not, anyone know what kind of pork chops I had? It's been so long that I can't really accurately describe the flavor - just that they were either fried or "oven fried" (possibly deep fried??), and bursting with flavor (and, um, oil!). I don't remember them being especially garlicy or seasoned or anything..
Anyway, thanks in advance for any and all help with this - much appreciated!