Is there a meal that is more delicious, more relaxing, more satisfying, and more fun than brunch? I should think not. Brunch is the King of all meals. Usually brunch is when we have time to leisurely sit around the table and recharge, have great conversation, and enjoy delicious bites.
This past weekend, I attended a bloggers’ brunch at James Beard nominated The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. The Ravenous Pig has been around for awhile, and recently moved into a new and bigger location, just down the street from their old place. They actually took over the space one of their sister restaurants had previously occupied- Cask & Larder. Cask & Larder is now operating at the Orlando International Airport.
In addition to the move, there is now Sunday Brunch at The Ravenous Pig. And in true Ravenous Pig style, the brunch menu is distinctive and creative. We were served a number of appetizers for the table. The charcuterie board was a wonderful offering of various meats and cheeses. The petite munster cheese with caramel popcorn was perhaps the table favorite, but I loved the gorgonzola with cherry balsamic jam.
I loved the salumi nero – salami dyed with squid ink. Various meats included house bologna and pork pate.
We tried the Hush Puppies with crab and the Avocado Toast with squash, mangoes, and a sous-vide egg. The Avocado Toast is on the starter menu but it is big enough for a meal.
We all ordered different entrees so we could experience a great variety on the menu. Though must of the group were meat eaters, there were a few Pescatarians and Vegetarians, and the Ravenous Pig kitchen is quite accommodating. It is important to communicate with your server as to any dietary restrictions you may have. Our server, Nico, was very knowledgeable of the dishes that had meat and was quick to offer suggestions to please everybody.
The hands down table favorite was the French Toast – pistachio chocolate bread pudding with coconut whipped cream and bacon maple run syrup.
The Ravenous Pig also offers an extensive cocktail menu, including some concoctions exclusively offered at brunch. The Bourbon Fix will set you on your way with Buffalo Trace bourbon, fino (dry) sherry, lemon, orgeat syrup, raspberries, blueberries. Also popular at our table was the Rosemary Clooney – vodka, crème de violette, Contratto wine, lemon, grapefruit bitters, and fresh rosemary. And don’t pass up the very strong rum infused Brunch Punch, served in a traditional punch glass for $5.
And there is also a boozy iced coffee on tap – subject to availability.
The menu changes often, seasonally and monthly so everything pictured here may not be available when you visit. However, you get the idea. Incredible creativity, and I am told many of the favorites are always available.
Sunday brunch at The Ravenous Pig starts at 10:30am and runs until 3:00pm. However, the restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. check with the website for hours.