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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Osso buco, carnitas, bacon yogurt, pigging out at DBA

I just filed a column about so-called gay restaurants in the city, the best of which these days is Roxx Tavern in my opinion. The restaurant has been featuring a Friday-night special of a Flintstone-sized pork shank (badly photographed at right), which I very much enjoyed. It's available through March.

Roxx calls it "pork osso buco," a term that confuses me, just as the increasingly common term "lamb osso bucco" does. Traditionally, osso buco is made with a veal shank.The shank is cut into short pieces. The "buco" (hole) refers to the opening in the bone that gives access to the marrow, which is for many of us the best part of the dish. Veal is, for good reason, a controversial dish, so maybe traditional osso buco should be retired from menus. But I don't get use of the name with lamb and pork with no access to marrow.

Yeah, I'm being picky. Putting that aside, I've not run into pork shanks frequently in Atlanta. A dependable exception is Murphy's, where it is my favorite dish on the menu. The kitchen there serves it with crispy skin — almost a carnitas effect....

Speaking of carnitas, they were on the slider menu at The Shed at Glenwood last night. I'm amazed every time I have them here. They, practically alone in our city, have the crispy outer texture that they are supposed to have. Last night, they were layered with a fluffy avocado puree. Also available was braised pork in a green salsa with nopales...

More bacon:

This week AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery has added Maple Bacon and French Roast
Coffee as the newest two additions to their line of distinguished ultra-fresh grass fed milk
Greek Yogurts. These new flavors will be available initially at all Whole Foods Markets in
Atlanta...starting on February 22. AtlantaFresh willbe sampling these new flavors at Whole Foods Markets over the next few months. Check the AtlantaFresh Facebook page for exact stores, dates and times....

Speaking of bacon and pigs:

D.B.A. Barbecue is excited to pig out for National Pig Day at The Pig Out on Thursday, March 1, 2012 beginning at 6 p.m. In true pig-out fashion, DBA will suspend its regular food menu and replace it with an all-you-can-eat buffet for only $20! An array of pork barbecue cooked to perfection in the 1000 lb. Southern Pride Smoker will headline the buffet menu that will also feature suckling pig, ribs, bacon, pork rinds and pork inspired sides and dessert items, like bacon potato salad and candied bacon chocolate cake. To help wash all that food down all that food, specialty drinks for the evening include an assortment of Moonshine for only $3 and $3 Red Hare Lager.

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