Move over, bacon. Take a back seat, pancetta. Pork belly is the real deal for pork fiends in the Emerald City!
Pork belly is divine when done correctly, but can be too overwhelmingly soggy and fatty if not cooked properly. I look for a generous slab that has been sliced into manageable squares, with a crispy crust and loads of flavor. Here are five of the best pork belly dishes in Seattle to get in your belly before your weight loss New Year’s resolution kicks in!
At Lark, Chef John Sundstrom’s menu features locally-produced and organic cheese, charcuterie, vegetables, grains, fish, and meats, all prepared in season. The menu is constantly changing, but you should head there right now for the scrumptious Pork Belly with Kimchi Fried Rice and Eggs. Lark serves brunch until 2:00 p.m. and absolutely nothing will cure your hangover quite like pork belly.
With three Seattle locations, Skillet is always a great choice for brunch. If you want a different take on chicken and waffles, try their cornmeal waffle served with maple braised pork belly. I prefer the decadence of the perfectly crisp pork belly to the greasiness of fried chicken. Pair it with a mimosa for one of the best brunches in town. (Just make sure to make a reservation!)
Moving from brunch options to lunch dinner, Local 360 has two pork belly dishes that somehow feel extremely fresh, despite their addition of our fatty friend. The Pork Belly Chop Salad comes with blue cheese dressing and a perfectly cooked soft egg, while the Root Beer Glazed Pork Belly is served with an heirloom apple slaw, Belgian endive and Nouc Cham. I don’t know what their secret is, but Local 360’s pork belly is always perfectly crispy.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya.
There’s an art to eating ramen. First, you lean over and put your head close to the bowl. Then, using chopsticks, grab some noodles and slurp them into your mouth. (The slurping helps to cool down the hot noodles.) You then take breaks to sip the broth and try bites of the absolutely delightful pork belly at this Bellevue favorite. Trust me, it’s worth the upgrade.
If you're not in the mood for ramen, they also have an amazing Japanese Pork Bun, a tender pork belly sandwich made with a fluffy steamed bun with green onions and cucumber.
Matt’s in the Market.
A banh mi is a stable of Seattle’s best, cheap lunches. The next time you’re in the mood for the crusty delight, try the banh mi at Matt’s in the Market. It’s pork belly confit with pickled daikon radish and carrot, fresno chilies, hoisin, cilantro and sambai aioli on a Le Panier baguette. Yum!