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The Noble Pig

Saw this on triple D last week and I'm thinking about trying it for lunch today. Anybody out there have any words about the place, atmosphere, food quality and value? Thanks

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    1. re: singlemalt

      They definitely stuffed the Noble Pig Sandwich on the DDD show a bunch bigger than mine have been. Shame on you boys. Stuff 'em for us too. We're the ones that keep you in business. Not that the DDD exposure doesn't help.

    2. The Noble Pig and the tongue sandwich are both excellent, and the duck pastrami is good, too. I'm a fan of their pickles as well. I expect the other sandwiches are also good, but I keep coming back to those three! It's in kind of a crummy-looking strip mall; inside, the atmosphere is "lunch counter". Pleasant enough. It's a little pricier than your average sandwich place, but not overpriced for the quality. I'd recommend it without any caveats.

      1. I can't think of another place in Austin to get a better sandwich. Lunch counter atmosphere is a good way to put it. The prices are on the upper end considering the location and atmosphere, but well worth it in my opinion. A word of warning - the line has increased dramatically with the new exposure. Go early or be prepared to wait.

        1. I'm in the minority here, but the time I tried it I got the noble pig, and it was disappointing. A pulled pork sandwich should be overflowing with meaty goodness, mine had a small lump of unappealing meat. It was mostly bread....I need to try it again but wow there are much better sandwiches in Austin.

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          1. re: LakeLBJ

            Agreed. My sandwich there was pretty meh. I'd rather go to Fricano's and get the Jonah anytime.

          2. I've tried the noble pig and enjoyed it. Not long ago I had the duck pastrami and it was quite a disappointment. The pastrami was very fatty. I usually enjoy duck but this sandwich did not do it for me.

            1. I enjoy the BLT and beef tongue sandwich at Noble Pig. I'm not a big fan of the Thai chicken or knuckle sandwich (which is like a bastardized French Dip and needs a little reworking).

              I also like their breakfast dishes, which are reasonably priced and filling. The waffle with sausage is my fave from the menu.

              They added a half sandwich option on the menu for $4.50. This is perfect for me as I usually want a side in addition to the potato chips and escabeche to go with the sandwich.

              Atmosphere is good. One of the owners is usually manning the register, and you get a sense that they have quite a few regulars judging by how he chats with folks. It has outgrown its space though, but I think they're planning to knock down a wall between the current restaurant and the neighboring space that they also rent.

              Word of advice... Go before 12 at all costs or come in for a late lunch. It's crazy busy between 12-1.

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              1. re: verily

                "Go before 12 at all costs or come in for a late lunch. It's crazy busy between 12-1."

                I second this advice. Also, the parking is terrible.
                I hear if you go between 10-11, you can get breakfast or lunch.

                1. re: TroyTempest

                  I always end up parking at the gas station and getting a dirty look. They need more parking spots over there. I'd call the property management's bluff, lots of empty strip mall space even just up the road. I like the Knuckle sandwich and the pastrami. My favorite thing though is the fresh potato chips. Really good flavor. I wish they sold them on the side.

                  1. re: Rptrane

                    Finally got to try this place today. Talk about an out of the way location! I tried tongue for the first time and really liked it. Tried the Nobel Pig and it was just ok. Tried the Thai Chicken and it was outstanding. But the best thing for me - by far - was the Asian soup with pork. So rich and delicious and the pork was delicious. Great place and one of the many unique treats that is Austin. Now I really want to try that Cajun restaurant down the road called Stuffed.

              2. Had lunch there today. Brandon, one of the owners, told me they had just signed a lease for a second location on Burnet at 48th.

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                1. re: PappyAustin

                  Did he give you the scoop on the place next door that they used as their deli for a while?

                  1. re: amykragan

                    He said they had pretty much given up on using that space. They don't have the parking needed to get the building permits. In fact, he said they are going to consider relocating later this year because of the parking and seating limitations in their current space. Nice problem to have.

                    1. re: PappyAustin

                      Argh, that's horrible news to me. I can walk to their current location.

                      1. re: verily

                        lucky you (for now i guess). It's hell if you have to park

                        1. re: TroyTempest

                          the parking is awful. if they want to stay in the NW area, there are many open spots in the surrounding strip malls with lots of parking, some virtually empty.

                  2. re: PappyAustin

                    Yeah! Now THAT'S good news!

                    1. re: amysuehere

                      Well hell yes, that's good news because I live near 48th and Burnet. Also, I remember, during their first year in bid'ness, that I was worried whether they would make it. I hope, in some way, that I helped, at least a bit, by slinging praises their way on this venue.

                      1. re: rudeboy

                        I'm psyched too. I've always wanted to check this place out, but never had the time nor desire to drive that far for a sandwich, even though I know they're supposed to be fantastic.

                        1. re: popvulture

                          Sooooooo good! I don't want them to move too far...we need coolness up in these parts too!

                          1. re: girloftheworld

                            It sounds like they're expanding, rather than moving.....they're website shows where. Next to Pinthouse Pizza. My dream of opening a charcuterie shop on Burnet Rd. is ruined!

                            1. re: rudeboy

                              glad they are not leaving NW. we need all the deliciousness we can get up here in the hinterlands!

                  3. We felt like a weekend drive and took the long way through the lake to get there. I agree that their prices are on the high side considering they have to have low overhead in that location. We split a Noble Pig, pickles and coleslaw since it was a late lunch and we had steak dinner plans. The stuffing on the sandwich was indeed smaller than the bread but we both agreed it was very flavorful. The pickles and coleslaw were excellent. My new favorite coleslaw. The line was 4 deep when we got there but increased after we ordered. I doubt we'll drive all the way out there again but Burnet Road is in my hood. If they open in the Slow Burn (silly name I've heard my area referred to recently), I'll go again.

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                    1. re: chispa_c

                      The breakfast is even more meager in size but damn the execution is on point. I had eggs bacon and a waffle. The waffle wasn't the size of an eggo but it all tasted great. I rarely complain about small portions unless then prices are sky high. They appear to be using real ingredients and taking their time. I 'll pay a premium for quality.

                      1. re: Rptrane

                        The breakfast menu did look good to me. I agree that paying a premium for quality is worth it. I just don't want to drive all the way out there again. I hope they open the Burnet location.

                    2. Just saw in the Austin Business Journal that the Noble Pig has signed a lease to relocate their 620 store. That is good news for all of us who have been frustrated with the lines and especially the parking challenge. Their new location will be Lake Creek Village shopping center. 12233 RR 620. Think that is the shopping center where there is a RC Fowlers Wing place.

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                      1. re: PappyAustin

                        The latest I heard from them was they are moving into the old Vino then they are opening a new place out on 620

                        1. re: girloftheworld

                          The old Vivo space is at the address noted above on 620

                        2. re: PappyAustin

                          Talked to Brandon, one of the owners, today. The current location will close at Christmas and will re-open in their new location .6 mile to the east about January 15. The new Burnet Road store needs to obtain one final permit and the subsequent build out will take about 3 weeks. They hope to be open there by the end of November, but we all know how unpredictable that is. They were very busy at lunch time today.

                          1. re: PappyAustin

                            Thanks for the update Pappy. Where will the new location be on Burnet Road?

                            1. re: sweet100s

                              Near 49th St. Very close to The Omelettry.

                              1. re: PappyAustin

                                next door to pinthouse pizza

                            2. re: PappyAustin

                              Great intel! Thank you.