A few weeks ago we tried The Pig, appropriately named, in Chapel Hill. This is a new restaurant which opened up in the space which used to be the Barbecue Joint. The menu focuses on all things pig, including sandwiches of smoked pork, barbecue, headcheese all the way to pork tamales. The pigs (and most everything they serve for that matter) are local and pasture-raised and most of the various pork products are made in house such as bacon and bologna.
The space is very simple and with a few tables and counter service. But, this isn’t the kind of place you go for the atmosphere and decor. It is all about the food! We analyzed the menu for a long time and finally decided to try the headcheese appetizer, the fried chicken sandwich and the pork tamale. I typically shy away from things like headcheese but G wanted to try it and it got rave reviews from the couple behind us in line. It was wonderful! It was perfectly composed with different textures and nice salty, vinegary tang. My only complaint was that it was a huge serving for an appetizer. The chicken sandwich was very good. Perfectly crispy chicken with a nice white bun. The highlight was the pork tamale. The pork was succulent and simply seasoned so not to overpower the sweet masa. Additionally, the pork to masa ratio was perfect, providing enough pork for each bite of masa. The salsa it was served with used roasted tomatoes which gave it a nice smoky flavor.
The food was perfect, simple and prepared with a true understanding of how to highlight the meat! We will have to return to try the barbecue and more.
630 Weaver Dairy Road, Suite 101
Chapel Hill, NC 27514