That's all I can really think of to start off this post. Have you ever really wanted to like something, give it a real, REAL chance, and hope that it turned out as wonderful as you imagined...?
...and fail? Yeah. I'm sorry.
I had visited Union Pig & Chicken not long after they had opened. My personal problem with the restaurant is - I can't eat pig. If I do, my intestines do the most violent dance, causing me pain, nausea, and cramping. Gross, right? So I don't do pig - unless it's cured, like bacon, which seems to not have the same effect.
|Union Pig & Chicken|
TMI? I'm sorry again.
Anyway, I had tried the fried chicken, and it was good - not great, but much better than KFC or Popeye's or any chain restaurant. I really did want to LOVE it, but I can't say that I did.
Then I went back, hoping to confirm that it was indeed the wonderful place that it should be.
I went with James and some other friends of ours - John, Christina, and Gabi. However, Christina and Gabi are not from Pittsburgh (although I would definitely consider them "honorary Pittsburghers") - they hail from Germany and Croatia, respectively. We had gone to Salt of the Earth on their last trip to Pittsburgh, and decided to keep the Kevin Sousa tradition alive on this trip.
I started off with a beverage with which I am currently obsessed - horchata. Their version was a Pumpkin Horchata, which seemed to have some pumpkin spice mixed in with the usual horchata ingredients:
|Cornbread and Fried Chicken|
James had ordered a few different items: pork shoulder (which I did not try, of course), brisket, and collard greens with bacon:
|Pork Shoulder, Brisket, Greens with Bacon|
Probably the best thing that James ordered was the Shrimp Ceviche, which was a special that night:
Christina and Gabi decided to order a dessert, and upon all of us trying a taste of theirs, the rest of us followed suit:
I can't apologize enough. I really, really, REALLY wanted to love the food, but I didn't. I don't think I'm biased due to the inability to eat pig - the non-pig items were just not balanced. The special and the dessert were great, but not the main attraction to the restaurant.
I'll stick to Salt of the Earth.
Union Pig & Chicken
220 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206