You like deep-fried pork, don’t you? Sure you do, and Tonkatsu Kiyoshi, a small Japanese restaurant in the southwest, is exactly what you’re looking for. The pork affection here goes so far as to include a very appetizing mascot, a cutlery-wielding pig.
For the uninitiated, tonkatsu is panko-breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet, and it’s delicious. There are two variations: hire katsu (tenderloin), the leaner option, and rosu, its fattier, more flavorful brother. Go for the latter. Served with white rice, miso soup and Japanese pickles, it’s a very satisfying meal.
There’s also an interactive component here, allowing you to prepare your own dipping sauce. Begin by crushing sesame seeds at your table with a pestle, then add tonkatsu sauce, essentially a sweetened Worcestershire. The sesame mellows the otherwise pervasive sauce. And if you’re into heat, you can even add karashi (Japanese mustard) for a bit of bite.
Tonkatsu Kiyoshi 7780 S. Jones Blvd. #103, 837-7300. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.