I’m not sure who this Phil guy is, but I’d like to congratulate him on his excellent taste in pork platters. I’ve had his highly recommended “Phil’s Fave Porko Platter” at Mono Loco in heavy dinner rotation lately.

Even beyond the porko platter, Mono Loco has stepped it up in the past year to become one of my favorite dinner and drinks spots. Their food has been quite good (particularly any specials) during all our visits and their bar scene has become one of the most fun in town. But it’s Phil’s Platter that keeps drawing me back with its crispy pork and crispy plantains over rice and beans, topped off with pico, queso, two cremas, lettuce, and tomatillo salsa.

Let’s start with the pork, the obvious twinkle of Phil’s eye. It’s fried to a crispy perfection so it’s salty, crunchy, and completely addictive. It becomes even more addictive when you eat it with the sweet, grilled plantains. Why aren’t grilled plantains served with all dishes?

The crumbled queso and subtle drizzles of sauce add a nice creaminess with a hint of pico spice. The generous helpings of lettuce, rice, and beans round everything out for a full hearty plate (at $16)— and it is a big plate of food that’s not for the faint of heart. I recommend sharing it, or go at it alone if you really need some help balancing out those Mono Loco margaritas. Either way, get to Mono Loco to try it. You can thank me and Phil later.