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pork cheeks at rouge

MC Slim JB | Jan 24, 2004 01:08 PM

We used our "amuse-bouche" cards, a free-appetizer promo saved from a prior visit. They graciously accommodated our no-seafood request by serving half-sized portions of their iceberg wedge with a subtle blue-cheese dressing and crumbly bacon, a perfect small appetizer. We know better than to order full apps here: the entree portions are generous.

A new item I had to try was a pork cheek duo: one that was "confit'd", as the menu put it, rich and somewhat dry and falling apart, and another that was barbecued into a lovely chewiness. Served on pasta drizzled with truffle oil and loaded with undercooked sweet peas. An unexpected and thoroughly successful combination of refined and rustic flavors. Mmmm, that's good jowl!

Our other plate was their vinegary, Carolina-style pulled pork, probably my favorite BBQ entry here, with lots of lovely sides (great cornbread, slaw, beans). A pretty amazing meal for not a lot of money ($54 plus tip with a couple of drinks, including one of their amazing house blackberry-infused vodka gimlets), and just the ticket on a near-zero-degrees night. Super-friendly, efficient service was the capper. This is a great neighborhood spot.

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