I’ve had a life long love affair with pork so when a friend suggested that we go for dinner at a place called The Pig, how could I say no? The Pig serves up its dishes as small plates so it’s the perfect place to go with a group of people and sample as much as you can from the menu. All the ingredients are locally sourced and if you must know where your food comes from, they note down the names of the suppliers on a chalkboard in the waiting area.
At Pig, you have to start your meal off with the charcuterie platter, which comes with a selection of cured meats – the best of which is the Surryano ham, Virginia’s attempt to produce Serrano style ham. Along with the meats, there are pickled vegetables, olives, dates and two sauces – house made honey mustard and mint. A small tin bucket holds slices of toasted bread.
I would then recommend sampling and sharing the rest of the menu. One of my favorite dishes is the Braised Cheek, which is served with sautéed greens and just about the most scrumptious stone grits I have ever had! Each delicious bite transports me to pig nirvana!
There are plenty of handcrafted alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to accompany your meal with and don’t forget to leave room for dessert. (If they have the Sticky Toffee Pudding, go for it!)
They do have a few non-pork options and there are enough side dishes to keep a vegetarian happy but it really is all about The Pig here and I love it!