100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Pig's Feet at Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Pig's Feet at Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
Lauren Saria

This year we're marking the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix 2015 by sharing some of our favorite dishes at restaurants all over the Valley. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

12. Pig's Feet at Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

Chef Christopher Gross is nothing short of a Valley legend. If you get him talking you'll soon find out he's been everywhere (including Paris, London, and Aspen), met everyone (celebrities including Julia Child, Jaques Pepin, and Martha Stewart), and can cook pretty much anything. He won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest and was the first Arizona chef to win the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence. And after all that, believe it or not, you can still find him in the kitchen at this Biltmore restaurant Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge. 

Gross has fun with the menu, which isn't just French standards like escargot en croute and chicken Viennoise. There are also approachable American favorites like a ribeye and burger that benefit, of course, from Gross' impeccable technique. Still, his most well-known dish is probably pied de cochon, or pig's feet, a rustic French dish that you can find at the restaurant every Friday night. 

Though it's rustic, the dish is far from easy to make. Gross has to pressure cook the trotters until they're broken down and soft, then add in vegetables, ground pork, and spices before frying the mixture in chicken fat. He rolls the whole thing into a log, which goes into a water bath for two more hours — and that's all before he can wrap each puck in pastry dough to be baked for 15 minutes. In the end you get buttery, flaky crust that gives way to fragrant pork meat and feet, the kind of stick-to-you ribs meal that's impossible not to love. 

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100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Pig's Feet at Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
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Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-522-2344

www.christophersaz.com


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