No. 76: Duck Confit at Table 6
Duck confit — duck that's been cured with salt and spices and slow-cooked in its own fat — pops up on menus all over town. You'll see duck-confit tacos; shreds of the tender duck perched atop grits; duck confit eggs Benedict; and all manner of other dishes where the meat of the duck is more of a garnish than a primary ingredient. But at Table 6, chef Michael Winston lets the classic French preparation speak for itself. His duck confit, crisp-skinned and rich, is served on the bone with a couple of simple sides to bring out the best in the flavorful, fatty meat.
The menu at Table 6 changes frequently, but a few favorites have stood the test of time over the 13 years the cozy restaurant has called the corner of 6th and Corona its home. You might find a comfort-food version of an Alsatian tarte flambée one week, with pimento cheese, bacon and pineapple (sounds weird, but trust us) in place of the traditional lardons, caramelized onion and crème fraîche, but you'll always find some form of the duck confit, as well as near-infinite variations on housemade tater tots and an always-juicy pork chop.
The confit pictured here is sided with a pistachio pancake (it's not quite a paper-thin crepe and not quite a fluffy American hotcake) and a lightly dressed mache salad. That's all this duck needs to win our hearts at one of the city's most charming — if sometimes overlooked — eateries.
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