A Taste of Austin’s Noble Pig
Last night, I had the pleasure of being invited to a tasting at the Noble Pig. Visiting the Noble Pig has been high on my list to visit since it opened last fall. But as my friends can tell you, I rarely venture outside of the twenty minute driving radius from my house. Since Noble Pig is about thirty minutes from home, it just didn’t happen until last night’s food blogger event.
And let me tell you, Noble Pig is totally worth the trek!
Owner/Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez started us off with a plate of pate, sausage, and mustard — all of which they make from scratch. Each of these delicious items can be found incorporated in Noble Pig dishes, or can be purchased a la carte from the deli case to take home. This includes Country Style Pork Pate, Sweet Italian Sausage, Linguisa Sausage, and Shiner Bratwurst.
While I really enjoyed everything I tasted, my favorite dish of the tasting was this Biscuit Stuffed with Pecan-Smoked Pork Belly and Cheese. It was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and I kept thinking that it would be the perfect hangover food — totally yummy and the kind of comfort food I crave when I wake up late after a big Saturday night out. Noble Pig is open for breakfast starting at 6 a.m. every day of the week.
Lunch highlights included this Smoked Duck Pastrami with Rye Pickles and Russian Dressing. Chef Bates told us they bring in whole ducks, cover them with pastrami seasoning, smoke them, and then put ‘em in the oven. Of course the pickles are made in-house also and sold in the deli case.
Another really tasty dish is this Beef Tongue with Roasted Shallots, Red Peppers and Manchego sandwich. The tongue is unbelievably tender after having been slow-braised for seven hours in smoked paprika. Also, did I mention that all of the bread is made from scratch in house as well?
After all of that savory goodness, you’ll likely be craving something sweet, and Noble Pig didn’t disappoint in that area either. We sampled tiny bites of Buttermilk Basil Pie, French Toast with Blueberry Compote and Nutella, and 5 Spice Chocolate Pudding with Pecan Meringue. The French Toast, a breakfast item, and the chocolate pudding on pecan meringue were the crowd favorites last night. They also sell the chocolate pudding in the case for takeaway.
Oooh…now I’m getting all sorts of romantic picnic ideas involving Noble Pig sandwiches, a bottle of wine, and a to-go Chocolate Pudding!
As we drove away from Noble Pig and headed home, we passed Stuffed, a store specializing in animals stuffed inside other animals, such as the Thanksgiving Turducken (a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey). Unfortunately, Stuffed closes at 8 p.m. so we’ll have to check out this other meat wonderland the next time we visit Noble Pig — which I have a feeling will be soon!
The Noble Pig is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Stop by and show some love to their amazing chefs — John Bates, who was sous chef at Wink before becoming executive chef at Asti, and Brandon Martinez, who has worked at Aquarello, an award-winning Italian restaurant in San Francisco.Tags: breakfast, lunch, noble pig, sandwich