If you’re looking for kitschy decor and ambitious gastropub fare, Flying Pig Pub + Kitchen has both to spare. This bar and restaurant from Aaron Browning and husband Roddy Browning is situated on an Oceanside side street in a former auto body shop with aqua and red walls, reclaimed wood, a winged wild boar head, and flying pig paraphernalia. No, those aren’t just vintage albums; they’re also menus. Don’t let the decor fool you. The Brownings, and chef Mario Moser, take their food, craft beer (and pork) seriously.
Grilled All Natural Duroc Pork Chop ($23) featured Comparc pork from Northern California. They plated a lean, juicy char-grilled slab with orange, allspice and rosemary orzo, black plum, fennel, burnt honey & orange oil vinaigrette, and almonds. This might sound like a lot going on, but the Brownings and Moser managed to find balance. Better yet, my menu came in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s legendary (Pronounced ‘leh-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd) album. My only complaint is that Flying Pig wasn’t playing “Tuesday’s Gone” at full blast.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.