The general ambiance of The Potted Pig is very casual. A wood furnished dining room creates a more countrified atmosphere, making the diners feel right at home. There is also a nice patio you can choose to dine in – there are half-circle booths, raised tables for bigger groups, smaller booths for couples, and cushioned wicker couches for casual encounters.
You see Caesars and cocktails topped with olives, and sometimes you see fruit added as a finish on slushy drinks. Now, it might just be me, but I have never seen a drink topped with a strip of bacon. However, if you come to The Potted Pig you can enjoy a refreshing, strong cocktail and munch on the bacon strip resting on the rim of your glass. This is the ultimate combination for people who love to eat and drink. Looking at the drink and dinner menu, it is evident that bacon can be added to anything you can imagine.
For me, The Potted Pig proved to be a particularly difficult restaurant to dine at. Bringing a vegetarian to a restaurant called “The Potted Pig” is probably not the best idea, but there are a few options on the menu that can be altered to accommodate a vegetarians needs. I ate the Irish Grilled Cheese – hold the bacon, please. This sandwich had beer braised onions, a smoked tomato aioli, and cheddar cheese grilled on a thick piece of bread. I also had the Prosciutto & Melon Salad, but minus the prosciutto. Now, you would think that this salad would seem inadequate without the prosciutto, but it was actually quite good. It was a salad made of spinach, melons, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, all topped with a balsamic and herb vinaigrette. I went with a few carnivores so they were able to provide their experience with the bacon-filled options. One friend ordered In the Piginning, which is a ground prime rib stuffed with cheese and served on a bun filled with lettuce, tomato, and red onion with french-fries as a side. The cook puts a little scorched piggy on the top of the sandwich – an appropriate finishing touch.
There are some fairly uncommon items on this menu, with very inventive names. For instance, as an appetizer, The Potted Pig offers a Poblano Pig Popper (talk about a mouthful). This is a grilled poblano pepper wrapped in bacon and cream cheese with chive sour cream to dip. There is also a wide selection of pizza for the Italian in all of us.
The service was excellent. Our server was very friendly, casual, and made light-hearted jokes with our table. The appetizers came out in good timing, while the main courses took a little longer to be prepared and served. Prices can vary depending on what you order; they are somewhat expensive, but well worth it. The portion sizes reflect the price, so you are definitely getting your money’s worth. Sitting outside, the only thing I can recommend is to constantly be on the alert for bird droppings. Being in a prime location for birds to perch overhead, the birds will leave you a little present if you’re not careful. The patio is also fairly noisy because it is located at the five-points on 10 Dunlop Street East.
Overall, The Potted Pig is a fine new restaurant where you can eat like a pig and not feel guilty for it.