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First look at The Pig

How could I stay away from a place called The Pig?  During my first, brief visit, I sampled a few small plates and the “Little Pig” charcuterie platter. I loved the lamb and pork meatballs with creamy grits.  I also enjoyed the charred pork belly with celery root puree and what can I say about the trotter ravioli other than they were foot-smacking good. (Get it?)

I had one tiny issue with the trotter ravioli, however.  I thought the duck egg yolk was too powerful and drowned out the delicate and flavorful ravioli.  My suggestion: yolk your ravioli sparingly.

The charcuterie platter or “The Pig” was solid. Besides the meats, I also liked the raw ramps and sage-flavored sauce accompaniments.

If you’re a bourbon lover, The Pig has a decent selection, although some are a bit overpriced compared to pricing at other local eateries/bars.

For those that don’t want to pig out on pork, The Pig offers non-pork options that include some seafood, rabbit, lamb, and venison.  Vegetarians, there are a few options for you as well, mostly in the form of side dishes.

All in all, my first visit left me interested enough to make a second trip and try the crispy pig ears and other pork dishes.

1320 14th St. NW
Washington DC, 20005
(202) 290-2821
Open daily from 5pm
No reservations, Brunch coming soon

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Restaurant review: Standard (14th & S St. NW)


I had dinner at Standard today.  Yes, it *may* have been a bad idea to try a place with predominantly outdoor seating on such a sweltering day as today.  I figured I could sweat out the calories as I was ingesting them. (Clever, yes?)  Had I not thoroughly enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich, fried pickles, and Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier (I cut and paste that one), I may have complained.

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Restaurant review: My Volt experience felt more like a fizzle

I was so excited.  Just like many others who’d watched Bryan Voltaggio on Bravo’s Top Chef, I’d been trying to get a reservation at his restaurant in Frederick, MD – Volt.  My friend and I had heard it was easier to get in for lunch.  On a whim, I checked Open Table on Friday.  Surprisingly, there was one lunch slot available for the next day.  Perfect! We could have a “destination lunch” (as my friend called it).  Yes, for me, Frederick is a destination since I rarely leave my neighborhood in DC much less DC entirely.  So, my day had come! My friend was so excited he didn’t even wear jeans, opting for a “smart casual” look composed of what I call “fancy pants” and a dress shirt.  When I got in the car, I felt a little under-dressed in my jeans and sweater.  Oh well, who cares. We were going to Volt!


Maybe it was because I had such high expectations that I walked out of Volt a little disappointed.  It was a good meal, but it wasn’t great.