The last time I was at The Pig, I was a vegetarian. Despite this, I quite enjoyed the restaurant’s brunch, as there were plenty of salads and Southern comfort foods to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. The Pig is a pork-centric restaurant in Logan Circle that serves up hand-crafted cocktails and cuisine, with much of it coming from EatWell DC Restaurant Group’s farm in La Plata, Maryland.
It was in this vein that the restaurant recently launched a summer Farm Tasting Menu, available Friday and Saturdays. The menu is a set three-course meal, which changes weekly based on the farm’s yields, at a startlingly affordable price of $35.
As I’ve always loved farm-to-table cuisine, I was excited to go back to see what The Pig had to offer as a carnivore. So, last month, the boyfriend and I scheduled our weekly date night there.
We began with an amuse of kale chips, sprinkled with yogurt powder, orange zest, and sea salt. Kale chips are a favorite snack of both Bitch and beau, so The Pig started off on a high note.
For drinks, we ordered the usual—a glass of red wine for me and a classic Old Fashioned for him. My Tempranillo was lovely and his cocktail well-crafted.
The first course was smoked pork loin, pickled bok choi, moody blue cheese and buttermilk. The second course was the winner, with cherry-smoked porchetta, bourbon, a kale agro-dolce, and Calabrian pistachios.
The third course was a hot pink pork sausage, Vidalia onions, a carrot and rabe slaw, and hickory BBQ. This was a bit too much meat for me, but the beau enjoyed it.
We also shared the charcuterie board, which is not on the tasting menu, and we were particularly fond of the prosciutto and the pate with a raisin walnut wheat bread. And, also on the regular menu: the bacon-wrapped peaches with gorgonzola, which were out of this world.
We concluded with a fresh and healthy dessert of peaches from the farm topped with a berry compote. “This dessert is really good,” said the boyfriend, who rarely eats sweets. As he never eats anything unhealthy, a dessert made solely of fruit was clearly the way to his heart.
The Farm Tasting Menu is available on Fridays and Saturdays, and alternates weekly. You can check out this week’s menu online and make a reservation by phone or on the website.
1320 14 St. N.W.