A Quest for Fried Pork at Cibao Dominican Food

Great pork is worth traveling for. If I were Game of Thrones royalty, that would be the motto of my House. Dominican cuisine knows how to treat pork and Philly has some great Dominican kitchens. Like Bran searching for my three eyed raven, I trekked all the way up to Frankford and Ontario in the hopes of finding some crispy skinned pork somewhere new.

Cool off with fresh limeade. Its perfect and you deserve it. Then you can start with a crispy beef pastelillo ($1.25).

You’ll want to see whats happening at the steam table.  The stewed beef- carne de res guisada- looked super tender, so I pointed to that one.  The small, $6, was served over yellow rice. The beef was tender, though a teensy bit dry, but came with a nice stew sauce that the yellow rice absorbed.

Unlike the let down of finding out your raven is an old tree man, my journey ended with as much revelry as it began.An $8 plate of chicharron de cerdo, you know, fried pork skin, was chopped up just for me. This Dothraki feast worthy pork featured perfectly crispy skin, ample shreds of pork, and melty layers of fat one would require when Winter is Coming. This is my new favorite chicharron in town. Get yourself some.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • High ranking chicharron
  • Inexpensive, comforting, home cooked Dominican food

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Frankford and Onterio??
  • Steam tables scare me
Cibao, 3382 Frankford Ave 215 426-1480



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