On your next vacation to Orlando, make like the locals and check out the award winning restaurant and bar, The Ravenous Pig. This American Gastropub is located right in the Winter Park area and serves up lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday. Created by married Culinary Institute of America grads James and Julie Petrakis, the restaurant offers seasonal, creative cuisine and the cocktails you crave to go along with it.
The Ravenous Pig Review
The décor is simple and chic, with brick walls and dim lighting. Diners lounge in one of their cozy booths or at their shiny sleek wood bar admiring the wine collection, or at one of their white table cloth covered tables. But what keeps customers coming back time and time again is their menu.
For lunch, guests nosh on house made soft pretzels with mustard and fondue, soups, or salads, featuring various veggies and cheeses. Perfect for lunch or dinner, diners can’t get enough of their hearty sandwiches as well. Their Pub Burger features all natural beef, cooked to perfection, with caramelized onions and buttermilk bleu cheese, served on a brioche bun, with tasty truffle fries or salad on the side.
Also a favorite, the flavorful lobster tacos pack a punch with bold flavors like cilantro, avocado, pickled jalapeno, and their cabbage slaw. And their Shrimp and Grits include green tomato chutney and chorizo oil, for a memorable meal. With a side of their Gruyere Biscuits, along with the smoked sea salt butter, you have yourself a satisfying meal in the making.
House made pasta, fresh seafood, and succulent beef selections fill the menu, but pork lovers will be in heaven, since they have bacon, pork belly, and pork terrine, as well as sausage dishes aplenty. Another favorite is the charcuterie and cheese plate, available in lunch and dinner sized portions. This meaty masterpiece includes ingredients such as house made mortadella, sopressata, and toscano, paired with gouda cheese, amongst the many ingredients, all accompanied by grilled bread, vegetables, and grain mustard. And to wash it all down, guests go for one of their innovative cocktails like The Ravenous Pig Old Fashioned. Featuring Bacon infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, vanilla maple syrup, and bitters, you have to sip it to believe it.
End the meal on a sweet note with one of their decadent desserts like the “Pig Tails,” which are warm cinnamon and sugar tossed fritters, with a rich chocolate espresso sauce. There are also classic selections like bread pudding, ice cream, and other seasonal tarts, cobblers, and custards to choose from. A variety of dessert wines and spirits are available as well, that will go perfect with each option, so make sure to ask your server if you would like suggestions.
On your next Orlando vacation, make sure to contact the restaurant for reservations so you won’t have to wait too long. Also make sure to inquire about any upcoming events, like their seasonal pig roasts or special dinners. Otherwise just head in and cozy up in Pub area for drinks and appetizers until a table is ready. Also keep in mind, The Ravenous Pig t-shirts and hats are for sale, to remember your dining experience. The restaurant is less than 20 minutes from Orlando’s Sunshine Resort™ I & II and under a half an hour from The Fountains.