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Although the Georgia Pig serves breakfast daily and lunch includes nonsmoked fare like cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and Brunswick stew, no array of food items nor the coffee-shop setting can distract diners from the brick pit that sits front and center behind the counter and emits irresistible barbecue aromas. The Georgia-style sauce is thin and bright, the ribs thick and succulent, the chopped beef and pork sandwiches superb -- deeply redolent of hours basting above a plume of burning hickory. The sides could be better and more varied (fries, coleslaw, and beans are about it), but you can't go wrong with coconut cream pie for dessert, slapped down on the table by the friendliest of wait staffs. The homey restaurant is centrally located on 441 in Davie.
Want to know how to spot good barbeque? It's not just the smell — though if the air outside is perfumed by the sugary scent of wood smoke, you're in good shape. Nor is it the queue out front — people still line up to get McDonalds. The secret is in the grill man. Take a look at the guy: Does he have an innate connection to the meat? Can he just stare at a pork shoulder, smokin' away above the coals, and commune with its innermost fleshiness? Does he look as much a part of the place as the ancient oven that he mans, his face wrinkled and hardened from years of staring into the pit? That's the guy I want cooking my 'que. At the 55-year-old landmark Georgia Pig, that man is owner Wayne Anderson, and he turns out the most deeply smoked, immaculately rich BBQ you'll find in South Florida. The chopped pork — oh my God, the chopped pork — is infused with hickory and tumbled into layers of crunchy skin bristling with bacon-ized pork fat and succulent bits of tender, reddened flesh. The Pig's sauce, a water-thin spritz of vinegar and spices, serves only to enhance the flavor of the meat, not mask it with sickly syrups or bombastic tomatoes. You'll also find killer brisket, unctuous ribs (check out the smoke ring), authentic Brunswick stew, and decadent banana pudding. Be sure to thank the grill man on your way out.
Happy Memorial Day weekend. Prepare to celebrate this three-day holiday with tons of barbecued and grilled meats and cold drinks. If you're not into the DIY barbecue thing, there are -- contrary to po... More »
Bacon's good no matter how you cook it. Take the thick-cut smoked bacon at Georgia Pig, which makes for one hell of a breakfast. Or the bacon club (no turkey or other meat, just two servings of bacon)... More »
This dingy but lovable hole in the wall is known for thick-cut bacon and mouthwatering barbecue. But once a week, around 11 a.m., construction workers, cops, students, and retirees line up outside the doors. Why? Fried chicken Fridays. Crisp, double-fried skin sheaths juicy chicken inside. Ask for a side of white vinegar to douse on the chicken and make a delicious bite transcendent. Eight bucks buys light and dark meat, rice, gravy, and black-eyed peas, which can be swapped for potato salad... More »
Want to know how to spot good barbeque? It's not just the smell -- though if the air outside is perfumed by the sugary scent of wood smoke, you're in good shape. Nor is it the queue out front -- people still line up to get McDonalds. The secret is in the grill man. Take a look at the guy: Does he have an innate connection to the meat? Can he just stare at a pork shoulder, smokin' away above the coals, and commune with its innermost fleshiness? Does he look as much a part of the... More »
Georgia Pig has been around for more than half a century, which says a lot in restaurant-fickle South Florida. And not much seems to have changed except the jukebox, which now runs on CDs, and the parking lot, which was expanded a few years ago at this always-busy little eatery. The Pig still doesn't accept credit cards, and it retains its '50s-style atmosphere, which relies heavily on what can only be described as retro swine chic: ceramic pigs, carved-wood pigs, plastic pigs, etc. There's... More »
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