After a failed attempt to visit the recently “reopened” Hector’s in Chapel Hill, GWG was forced to wing it and instead found ourselves doing what we do best (pigging out) at a place appropriately named The Pig. Tucked away in a small shopping center off of Weaver Dairy Rd., this barbeque spot greets you with a metal pig sculpture that hints at what’s inside—a place that knows the nuts and bolts of serving up good hog.
featured items included a Mexican Dog and Veal Pâté with Pork Rinds. Surprisingly, the restaurant also offers regular vegetarian choices, although we did not give those a try this time around.
—the South is well represented with staples including collard greens and fried okra, and it didn’t seem you could go wrong in picking your pork pairings (the veggie plate is definitely worth considering).
We knew we had to try the barbeque so we ordered a small tray which includes slaw, pickles and hushpuppies. Going off the size of the order, we wonder what the large looks like—maybe it really is the whole hog. The meat was a bit dry but add a bit of vinegar-style sauce and a splash of hot sauce and it stands up very well, particularly for Eastern style barbeque. All of the side items were great and provided a nice collection of textures and tastes—the slaw is creamy, the pickles are homemade and a bit sweet, and the hushpuppies melt in your mouth.
—airy and crunchy with a fatty flavor. The rinds were also served with a side of mustard to add contrast to this meat on meat appetizer. Spreadable meat is always a bit suspect and we were hesitant to take our first bite. It was an adventurous item to try, but the pâté was a bit gamey for our taste and one or two of these seemed like enough.
—barbeque’s second favorite sidekick behind slaw.
—some people look at us with surprise when we order a crazy, excessive, and sometimes bizarre combination of menu items. We got a bit of that reaction at The Pig when, at the last minute, we decided to add the Mexican Dog to our order, and we ended up being glad we did. The dog consisted of chorizo covered in salsa and cheese—simple and delicious. This is an item that we can imagine picking up on the way home for a fast, filling meal.
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