Today’s society is much more complex than it used to be. Go back 20 years and you do not have nearly the options that you have today. Take for instance department and convenient stores and the selections of drinks, candy, sauces, dressings, etc. Do not get me wrong, this is great to have a plethora of options and items at our disposal. With this concept, unfortunately, prices have skyrocketed. However, a lot of times people just want to keep it simple and spend their hard-earned money on delicious food without all the flare, bells, and whistles. This is one of my missions, to relentlessly drive home the idea that you do not have to pay an arm and a leg for a great dining experience. This week, I traveled to Hog’s Head Bar and Grill which locals call “The Pig Bar.” The prices are low, and the food is delicious. Let us dive in!
The food – Upon reviewing the menu, you will notice it gives you great variety but does not overwhelm you with selections. Start out with an appetizer of your choice such as Angry Chicken which is grilled chicken strips baked in buffalo sauce and finished with blue cheese crumbles. If you want to play it safe, you can next go to a pizza or burger. They have gourmet pizzas in the Buffalo and Barbecue variety, and a burger called the Big Bad Wolf which has BBQ pulled pork, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Take it up a notch and try one of their signature sandwiches, wraps, and hoagies such as the Carolina Pulled Pork which has pork, topped with Carolina BBQ sauce, and finished with coleslaw. If you want the full course meal try one of their entrees such as the Pasta DeBaldo which has green peppers, onions, mushrooms, chicken, sausage, and shrimp finished with your choice of Cajun Alfredo or marinara. Let us look at few more items.
The chicken wings – Hog’s Head Bar is regionally famous for their chicken wings. Most places you are going to pay at least $12 a dozen. Here, they are only $8.99 and comes with your choice of ranch or blue cheese and celery. The chicken is fresh, they are crispy, and they give you a variety of sauces. The spicy garlic parmesan (captioned) is super flavorful but hits you with a good amount of heat on the back end. They also have wing specials throughout the week.
The Cajun steak (captioned) – Who does not like a good Philly steak? The difference in this sandwich compared to your traditional Philly cheesesteak is the touch of spice and heat that adds to the flavor. It starts with shaved steak and has roasted red peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, cheddar, and provolone cheese. It is served with a side of Cajun mayo. All sandwiches, wraps, and hoagies are served with fries. For a small upcharge, substitute waffle fries.
Hog’s Head Bar & Grill Final Take:
YOU DON’T HAVE to LIVE HIGH OFF the HOG to GET a GREAT MEAL at the PIG BAR
My final take – The Pig Bar is not somewhere that is going to hit you with flashy signs or bright lights much like Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas. What it is going to do is serve you delicious, creative dishes at a price well below the average cost of dining out while eliminating the cumbersome task of finding somewhere affordable to dine out. The service is good, and the staff is friendly. They also have specials on most to all days of the week. Hungry yet?