The Mongolian Pork Chop @ Mustard’s Grill, Yountville

mustardsporkchopSo many posts dedicated to pork within these virtual pages, and I’ve never really mentioned the almighty Mongolian Pork Chop at Mustard’s Grill in Yountville. So, at long last, here it is: The one dish that has purportedly sold more than one million times over Mustard’s 26-year history. It’s a pretty good chop, glazed with the Mongolian-style marinade and the Chinese-style mustard sauce (they swirl together beautifully on the plate). More than anything, it’s an honest pork chop. Of course, Mustard’s Grill itself ranks as a true Napa Valley fixture, and in my mind, chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s restaurant remains de rigueur for lunch, especially if you wish to experience historic Napa dining. However, if you require something less venerable, but slightly better, I’d recommend the double-cut pork chop at the Rutherford Grill: That chop is truly a beast, and one to be taken quite seriously.

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