10 Best Pork Belly Dishes in Metro Phoenix
Heather Hoch If you're looking for great pork belly, this pibil is an ideal place to start.
By Heather Hoch and Lauren Saria
During our quest to find Phoenix's best offal dishes, we noticed a great deal of pork belly popping up on the menus around town. While pork belly didn't quite make the weirdness cut for our offal specifications, we thought the delicious, luxurious cut of pork deserved a list of its own due to all of the wonderfully unique ways Valley chefs are serving it up. From humble digs in North Phoenix to upscale joints where pork belly gets the royal treatment, you can find a wide range of pork belly experiences in town. Just make sure to bring a friend on your pork belly adventure if you want to try all ten because these sinful dishes are better shared.
Pork Belly Pibil at The Mission
The Mission's take on modern Latin cuisine often result in delicious dishes you can't get anywhere else in town, like the spicy homage to chicken and waffles and the avocado margarita. However, one of the best ways to start a Mission meal, aside from the tableside guacamole, is the decadent pork belly pibil ($12). The small slab of roasted pork belly might not look like much, but the appetizer is definitely sharable. Accompanied by sweet, tart pickled onion and orange, creamy banana-habanero aoli and a ridiculously smooth avocado crema, the pork belly pibil starts off great and gets more interesting bite after bite as you experiment with condiment combinations.
Lechon Kawali at Halo Halo Kitchen
Heather Hoch Halo Halo' lechon kawali served as a combo for lunch.
Filipino food may not have a strong presence in Phoenix, but the folks over at Halo Halo Kitchen are certainly holding it down with their lechon kawali. The cut of pork belly in this dish is boiled and then fried until the skin is crisp, the outer layer is crunchy and the inside is still tender. Served with fragrant rice and your choice of another dish for $6 as a combo or $9 per pound a la carte, you can choose to eat your pork belly at home or at Halo Halo in North Phoenix with chile lime Cholula and lechon sauce (a tangy liver-based sauce).
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