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Old 12-07-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Ringgold
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I know it might be out of style, but I love well prepared pork belly. In Dallas there is the French (something), forgot the name. French Room? Heard some good reviews about it, but is there somewhere local to SATX? That may be comparable to Dallas (the reviews are over the top)? I've never eaten there so I don't know how good it is.
I am really picky about pork belly. The best I have tried was in Atlanta - they got their chops from Benton Farms that had a really nice smoky flavor and the topping was subtle and did not overpower the natural flavor of the pork.
I know it doesn't sound good, nor is it healthy, but it is worth it if you have not tried it. If you like bacon, you would love pork belly. Promise.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I know it might be out of style, but I love well prepared pork belly. In Dallas there is the French (something), forgot the name. French Room? Heard some good reviews about it, but is there somewhere local to SATX? That may be comparable to Dallas (the reviews are over the top)? I've never eaten there so I don't know how good it is.
I am really picky about pork belly. The best I have tried was in Atlanta - they got their chops from Benton Farms that had a really nice smoky flavor and the topping was subtle and did not overpower the natural flavor of the pork.
I know it doesn't sound good, nor is it healthy, but it is worth it if you have not tried it. If you like bacon, you would love pork belly. Promise.
Ay Curamba!,...that sounds good,..I'm gonna keep an eye on this post!
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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The Monterey on St Mary's
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Ringgold
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The Monterey on St Mary's
Have you had it? If so, could you describe the experience? Thanks.

Found the info on it (and the reviews were favorable as well):

The Monterey
Category: Gastropubs
1127 S St Mary's St
San Antonio, TX 78210

Hours:
Wed-Sat 4 pm - 12 am
Sun 11 am - 5:30 pm
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Price Range: $$
Attire: Casual
Good for Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Delivery: No
Waiter Service: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Good For: Dinner
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only

Review I found on the Pork Belly:
"The pork belly had a nice honey crisp skin that enveloped the meat; served with almonds, the first bite is definitely one that will keep you coming back for more. Once inside the belly dish, the meat melts on your tongue, providing a lingering taste of well prepared pork belly. Kudos on this one... "

Now, I'm hungry.

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Old 12-08-2010, 08:31 AM
 
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Benton's doesn't sell chops to the best of my knowledge.

With that said, Monterey serves both Benton's bacon and pork bellies (different provider).
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:32 AM
 
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Hit up BenjaminNicholas here on this board. He's been plenty of times. I definitely gotta try that and the bone marrow. They do get their bacon and I'm assuming their pork belly from Benton as well. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Ringgold
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Benton's doesn't sell chops to the best of my knowledge.

With that said, Monterey serves both Benton's bacon and pork bellies (different provider).
i know. bad choice of words. But, yes they have excellent cuts of bacon and pork bellies.
So really? Benton's is a great start. I can't wait to try it.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Again, pork bellies are a different provider. Benton's is a source for bacon and cured/uncured hams.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Ringgold
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Jwebtx,

Wait, did Benton's quit selling pork bellies? Last I checked, they were shipping them all over the States. I will be passing by in 2 weeks. Only 10 minutes out of the way. Have to find out. Maybe get some of that delicious bacon.

We're talking about the same place, right?
Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams
2603 Highway 411, Madisonville, TN 37354

I am definitely going to Monterey's on the news that the pork belly is from Benton's. But I won't be able to go until after Xmas. And I am torn between the Bone Marrow dish, which I have only heard great things ...
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Ringgold
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The called me at Monterey's today. Confirmed. Pork Belly is ordered from Benton's. Now I definitely have to try their version as they have the most incredible bacon and pork belly I have ever tasted. Can't wait to try the Monterey's version and I will also be trying the Bone Marrow served on crostini.

Great suggestion on Monterey's.

Oh, I found their menu. Much less plates than I would have expected, even though I know this is seasonal.

http://themontereysa.com/menu/
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