|Address||565 W. Fairbanks Ave.|
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|Beverages||Beer & Wine|
|Noise Level||Loud Noise Level|
The Ravenous Pig calls itself “an American gastropub,” gastropub being a British term for a pub that serves more than a basic bar menu. This wonderful restaurant goes way beyond that. Chef/owners James and Julie Petrakis met while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and they obviously learned a lot while there. The menu changes regularly, but everything is worth trying. The Pig’s burger was the winner of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide’s first Burger War!
Beyond burgers, try the pork belly if it's available, and the steak frites is one of my favorites. As with those served with the award-winning burger, these fries have a spritz of truffle oil. From the pub menu during a lunch visit, I chose lobster tacos, lamb mezze and pork ribs. The tacos were wonderful, three crispy shells with lightly fried chunks of lobster and crunchy hot peppers. The mezze had lamb ribs, tender and aromatic, and lamb meatballs. The pork ribs were one of the few disappointments. They had precious little meat, and what was there was soggy and mealy.
Roasted cod was another good entrée. A beautifully white fillet, flaky and cooked just so, was served with a puree of cannellini beans and bits of smoky chorizo, drizzled with a sherry vinaigrette.
Roasted suckling pig – how could they not have suckling pig? – had big chunks of moist meat accompanied by doughy rye gnocci dumplings.
For dessert? Pig tails, which is a cute rendition of curly-Q fried dough.
565 W. Fairbanks Ave.