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Pork rinds at Trummer's on Main
Pork rinds at Trummer's on Main
Lani Furbank

Pig Out on Fancy Pork Rinds at These Restaurants

The favorite gas station snack goes upscale.

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Pork rinds at Trummer's on Main
| Lani Furbank

Pork rinds may be a quick, grab-and-go gas station snack, but these crackling puffs are far more complicated than their plastic packaging implies. The laborious preparation process involves boiling the pork skin until tender, drying it in a dehydrator or oven for hours, and finally deep-frying it. This makes the skins puff up and gives them that pleasant crunch.

If deep-fried pork skins aren't decadent enough, push the fat content right over the edge and try Right Proper Brewing Company’s pork rind nachos ($11). They're exactly what they sound like— pork rinds piled high with pulled pork, roasted tomato, sour cream jalapeños, scallions, and cheese sauce.

The restaurants below are also giving the king of the snack world the status it deserves. They're adding a fancy flair to create a sought-after bar bite or appetizer. Here are 10 upscale variations of pork rinds that put the bagged variety to shame.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 393-7777
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Prepared to order, the pork rinds ($7) at Art and Soul are seasoned with salt, paprika, hot sauce powder, and lime. For a more filling menu offering, the rinds also make an appearance on the snack board ($22) along with deviled eggs, pimento cheese, pickles, cured salmon, and Cajun boudin balls. The pork for the rinds comes from a collective of Amish farmers in Pennsylvania.

2. B Side

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8298 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 676-3550
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Pork rinds fit perfectly with the philosophy of Red Apron’s bar concept, where chef Nathan Anda embraces whole-animal butchery. His rinds ($4) are dusted with a house-made ranch seasoning made of dry buttermilk powder, dried parsley, dried dill, onion powder, dried minced onion, garlic powder, and pepper. The pork is sourced from Animal Welfare Approved farms in North Carolina (certified pasture-raised and hormone- and antibiotic-free).

3. Chaplin's

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1501 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 644-8806
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Chaplin’s three-chile pork rinds ($4) add even an extra kick to the seasonal spicy stamina ramen ($14), which includes sliced pork and a poached egg in a garlic ginger broth. The rinds can be added to the soup or ordered as a side dish. The pastured pork comes from Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm in Lucketts, Va.

4. Jackson 20

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480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2790
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There’s no denying chef Brian McPherson’s pig prowess, especially after seeing his kitchen's charcuterie-curing operation. His pork rinds ($9) are listed on the bar menu, served with "rooster sauce" – a Sriracha aioli. The pasture-raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free Iberico pork comes from Bev Eggleston’s EcoFriendly Foods in Moneta, Va.

5. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 608-5959
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On Masseria’s bar bites menu, the pork rinds ($10) have a refined Italian air about them. They are seasoned with black truffle and Parmesan cheese. The pastured pork is sourced from Leaping Waters Farm in Alleghany Springs, Va.

6. Momofuku CCDC

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 602-1832
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After a long wait in line (or try to score a reservation), start dinner at Momofuku CCDC with Old Bay pork rinds ($6) from the snacks section of the menu.

7. NoPa Kitchen + Bar

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800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-4667
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Nopa’s pork rinds ($6) are flavored with black garlic honey and Aleppo chile. The pasture-raised heritage pork is from Autumn Olive Farm in Waynesboro, Va.

8. The Dabney

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122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 450-1015
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Barbecue flavored pork rinds have been spotted at The Dabney both as a snack item and as a garnish on their current trout dish.

9. The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-7777
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The Royal’s chicharrones ($12) are accompanied by roasted corn aioli and radish salad to lighten them up a bit. The hormone- and antibiotic-free pork is from Bounty Hill Farm, a collective in Pennsylvania.

10. Trummer's on Main

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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Still popping and crackling loudly when served, Trummer’s pork rinds are deep-fried to order and dusted in a smoky-sweet house-made BBQ rub consisting of smoked paprika, ginger, cayenne, onion, garlic and brown sugar ($6). The pastured pork is from Holly Brook Farm in Berryville, Virginia.

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1. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Prepared to order, the pork rinds ($7) at Art and Soul are seasoned with salt, paprika, hot sauce powder, and lime. For a more filling menu offering, the rinds also make an appearance on the snack board ($22) along with deviled eggs, pimento cheese, pickles, cured salmon, and Cajun boudin balls. The pork for the rinds comes from a collective of Amish farmers in Pennsylvania.

415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. B Side

8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22031

Pork rinds fit perfectly with the philosophy of Red Apron’s bar concept, where chef Nathan Anda embraces whole-animal butchery. His rinds ($4) are dusted with a house-made ranch seasoning made of dry buttermilk powder, dried parsley, dried dill, onion powder, dried minced onion, garlic powder, and pepper. The pork is sourced from Animal Welfare Approved farms in North Carolina (certified pasture-raised and hormone- and antibiotic-free).

8298 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031

3. Chaplin's

1501 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Chaplin’s three-chile pork rinds ($4) add even an extra kick to the seasonal spicy stamina ramen ($14), which includes sliced pork and a poached egg in a garlic ginger broth. The rinds can be added to the soup or ordered as a side dish. The pastured pork comes from Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm in Lucketts, Va.

1501 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Jackson 20

480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

There’s no denying chef Brian McPherson’s pig prowess, especially after seeing his kitchen's charcuterie-curing operation. His pork rinds ($9) are listed on the bar menu, served with "rooster sauce" – a Sriracha aioli. The pasture-raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free Iberico pork comes from Bev Eggleston’s EcoFriendly Foods in Moneta, Va.

480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

On Masseria’s bar bites menu, the pork rinds ($10) have a refined Italian air about them. They are seasoned with black truffle and Parmesan cheese. The pastured pork is sourced from Leaping Waters Farm in Alleghany Springs, Va.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Momofuku CCDC

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

After a long wait in line (or try to score a reservation), start dinner at Momofuku CCDC with Old Bay pork rinds ($6) from the snacks section of the menu.

1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. NoPa Kitchen + Bar

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Nopa’s pork rinds ($6) are flavored with black garlic honey and Aleppo chile. The pasture-raised heritage pork is from Autumn Olive Farm in Waynesboro, Va.

800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C.

Barbecue flavored pork rinds have been spotted at The Dabney both as a snack item and as a garnish on their current trout dish.

122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, D.C.

9. The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Royal’s chicharrones ($12) are accompanied by roasted corn aioli and radish salad to lighten them up a bit. The hormone- and antibiotic-free pork is from Bounty Hill Farm, a collective in Pennsylvania.

501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Trummer's on Main

7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124
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Still popping and crackling loudly when served, Trummer’s pork rinds are deep-fried to order and dusted in a smoky-sweet house-made BBQ rub consisting of smoked paprika, ginger, cayenne, onion, garlic and brown sugar ($6). The pastured pork is from Holly Brook Farm in Berryville, Virginia.

7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

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