OAKLEY, Ohio - We are pleased to bring you this weekly feature from Julie Niesen Gosdin, the voice behind the food blog wine me, dine me . Julie serves up a "Pick of the Week," when she visits a local eatery and samples a signature menu item.
Pork Rillettes at Red Feather Kitchen
- 3200 Madison Road, Oakley
- Scratch cooking, refined
- Price range $10
The former Boca space is reimagined as a New American restaurant influenced by the partners' travels and the best possible ingredients.
My monthly dinner group picked this place--fortuitous, as I'd wanted to try it for a while. I kept trying to go on a Monday, when they're closed! It was worth the wait.
The menu is composed of small, shareable plates as well as large ones. To try the maximum amount of bites (without gorging ourselves), we picked a few small plates. The standout? Pork rillettes.
Instead of the standard spreadable form, the dish was formed into a patty and fried, topped with a six-minute egg (a soft boiled egg that's been boiled for -- you guessed it -- six minutes), pickled shallots, frisée and braising jus (the liquid meat was braised in).
I love pickles, particularly their pairing with something rich and crispy like these rillettes. We paired this with two other (excellent) small plates: shrimp and grits and fried calamari, which made for a great meal. You can pair the dish with Red Feather's extensive, well-priced wine list, local beer, or their craft cocktails.
Why is this a wine me, dine me pick of the week? Local ingredients, great preparation, fantastic flavors at a local restaurant? Always a winner with me!
- Fun fact: Rillettes are a French paté, made out of salted, shredded pork that is usually spreadable.