Green Pig Bistro, Arlington, VA

I’m reposting this from BakingMeHungry, originally posted August 17, 2012.

Last Saturday night was a much needed girls’ night out with a group of my besties.  EDO got really excited when we told her we’d venture out of the District and go to Arlington (gasp!), so she booked a reservation at the Green Pig Bistro, located at 1025 N. Fillmore Street, not too far from the Clarendon Metro Stop.  We put on our brown flip-flops and walked past some Starbucks to try out this new spot.

The restaurant had a very pleasant, relaxed ambience.  We had a few drinks at the bar (the bartenders were really nice!) before heading into the dining room.  It was a light, open space with a rustic feel and a view of the open kitchen.

I was very excited about the choices on the menu.  It had quite an assortment of foods that I don’t regularly see—rabbits and snails and octopus, oh my!

We started with several appetizers and snacks /sides (small plates).  My favorite was the green gazpacho ($14) made with tomatillos, jalapenos (it was not spicy), green apples, and avocado, topped with lump crab and frisee.  It was delicious.  I’m still thinking about it.

The fried pimiento cheese ($5) were light and crispy on the outside, and beautifully melty on the inside.  The cornbread with maple butter ($5) was also quite good—very moist and sweet.

The pig taco ($7) with pork, red cabbage and avocado in a corn tortilla (not pictured) was a dish I would also order again.

For the entrees, I was very excited about the rabbit cake ($22).  This patty of rabbit meat, held together with a bit of mayo, was a beautiful looking dish served over wax beans, but it left me feeling underwhelmed.  EDO thought the rabbit tasted like a turkey burger.  I think I agree.

EDO had the trout ($21) served with leeks, cucumber and charred tomato quinoa.  It too had a beautiful presentation and the leeks were delicious.  Otherwise, her meal was good, but not outstanding.

Woo ordered the Cornish hen ($19) served with cornbread stuffing, turnips, and chard.  This was my favorite of the entrees that we ordered.  The bird was nicely cooked, but the stars of the meal (according to Woo) were the cornbread stuffing and the root vegetables.

 

Pants did some crazy, spur of the moment ordering for her entrée.  She went with two small plates, including the snail ($8) and the duck liver gravy poutine ($9).  Snails and liver—gross, right?  I was actually pleasantly surprised.  The snail was served with mushrooms over toast.  They are very similar to mussels, and I really liked this dish.

The duck liver gravy poutine turned out to be an awesome plate of French fries smothered in cheese and gravy.  Delicious!

Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at Green Pig Bistro.  They have quite a few really wonderful appetizers and small plates, but their entrees left something to be desired.  The servers were very friendly and attentive and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere (I loved the wall of bookshelves filled with cookbooks that I noticed on my way out).  Next time, I’ll stick to an assortment of delicious small plates.

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