79. Pork Rillettes at Buena Vista Deli

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Lesley Elliott
79. Pork Rillettes at Buena Vista Deli

Rillettes are not difficult to make -- all it takes is pork fat and patience. Yet, the effort seems exponential in comparison to a quick run to Buena Vista Deli resulting in instant gratification.

Although they sell it in sandwich format with cornichons and mustard on a golden brown baguette (good), we like to buy a long French crusty loaf and get their pork rillettes by the pound (even better). Thin strands of silky meat are bound together by buttery fat; sometimes, there are even pockets of fat globules that you can smear as a top layer of paste over your meat.

Sprinkle a bit of sea salt, open a bottle of red from the Loire Valley, and be transported to a rustic farmhouse in France where little piggies become big crocks of smooth and salty rillettes ($12.95 per pound).

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Location Info

Buena Vista Deli

4590 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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