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Jun 4, 2011 03:57 PM

Dinner at The Pig

My wife and I drove over for dinner Friday night. Had heard/read good reviews so took a ride. She had the beef brisket dinner with collards and fried okra- I had the pork belly sandwich and potato salad. Tea to drink.
She said the collards were as good as she's ever had- also really liked the okra. However, the brisket was terrible... extremely fatty and gray! Quote from her- "Rudy's (Texas) would never serve meat like this." The fat ran right through the middle of the slices and there was easily as much fat as meat. An could watch them cut your brisket at Holy Smokes in Garner (now defunct, sob) and they always trimmed that fat away before serving. Color was much better also!
The pork belly was very good- tender and succulent. Overall, though, they ruined the sandwich by putting it on an ice-cold bun. If they don't ever steam their buns, shame on them. If they just didn't steam mine, still shame on them. Potato salad was almost inedible- had some pink runny sauce that the chunks of spuds sat in. Only after taking the potatoes out of the sauce? and mashing them could I get some down.
Best part of the meal was the chocolate cake we took home for later.
In summary, good idea for a restaurant, poor execution. Doubt we'll be back.

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    1. re: NANCY

      It is on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill in the same place that has Bagels On The Hill.

      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        The Pork Ribs are fantastic as is the Chocolate Cake. Forget everything else.

        1. re: dvhartley

          in my neck of the woods (NYC) brisket has to be fatty to be good. I really liked the Pig's brisket, for especially that reason. The rare times I eat meat I want it to be fatty:)

    2. Have you been to The Q Shack in Durham? That's where I would go for brisket. At The Pig I would stick with pork items.

      Q Shack
      2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707

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      1. re: bbqme

        I've been very happy with all the meat items I've had at The Pig. Sounds like I should give the brisket a try.

        1. re: bbqme

          Q Shack remains my #1 brisket experience in all the land, but I've never visited Texas.

          Q Shack
          2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707

          1. re: mikeh

            I had excellent brisket for Big Al's BBQ, a food truck, parked in Rolesville.


            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              Man, photos on their website look great! We should carpool from Chapel Hill. Who's in?

            2. re: mikeh

              Dan Ferguson, the owner of the Durham ORIGINAL Q Shack, hails from Texas so that's probably as close to true Texas-style brisket we'll get around here. Also the only place I know that serves smoked beef sausage-- a bit fatty but also very tasty.

              Q Shack
              2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707

            3. re: bbqme

              Visited Q Shack in Raleigh at North Hills, had their beef brisket sandwich- excellent!
              The Pig should be sued for calling what they serve beef brisket......

              1. re: jiminea

                Just so you know, the Q Shack in Raleigh is under different ownership than the one in Durham-- they are former partners. That's why the one in Durham is called the Original Q Shack. I can't compare the two since I have only been to the Durham location.

                Q Shack
                2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707