Monday, November 15, 2010
The Ravenous Pig
Winter Park, FL; on the outskirts of downtown Orlando is another small city/town that's a world of its own. It is a nicer part of Orlando that I had never been too until recently. There many really nice restaurants and a pretty relaxing town that you could just walk in the autumn weather and enjoy. So I guess everybody I know has been to the Ravenous Pig except me, which naturally made me want to get there even more. I went last Saturday for lunch at around 12, and the place was already pretty full; and they had only been open for a half hour.
The Ravenous Pig is an American Gastropub which is the only one of its kind in Orlando, FL. You take Pub Food + C.I.A Grads + Nice Town = A great dining experience. All of their menu is about locally grown, sustainable, organic and fresh ingredients, which I am accustomed to already. The beers on tap and in bottle form are all from microbreweries around the country, NO BUD LIGHT HERE! I ordered the Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner, from New York. Light, Crisp and really Dry.
Just like any other chef, a new place means trying new things and the things you hear so much about. So we decided to get the Charcuterie plate with our beers as an app.
Chorizo, Soprasatta, Toscano, Pork Terrine, Ossau-iraty (sheep's milk cheese), pickled green tomatoes, grain mustard and grilled bread. Every bit of it was delicious, pork terrine had pistachios and apricots wrapped in bacon...Amazing!
For our entrees, my girl got the Irish Trout B.L.T which had sauce gribbich, roasted peppers, bacon, house made pickles and shoestring fries. The trout was extremly soft and juicy, they must have learned how to cook fish from Bluezoo!
I on the other hand got the award winning and heavily popular; Pub Burger... caramelized onions, buttermilk blue cheese, house made pickles, roasted peppers, shoestring fries as well. Simply put......BEST BURGER IN ORLANDO, FL!
Lunch for the two was $45, not bad for two micro brews, a charcuterie plate and two sandwiches which by the end we were stuffed. Ravenous Pig is a must go if your ever in the Orlando area, and if you know me personally call me when your going I am always up to go again.. and again.