|The Ravenous Pig's Smoked Venison with chicory glazed heirloom carrots, pine nut purée, parisian gnudi, pickled blueberries, and sorghum gastrique.|
Since our Best Of Broward/Palm Beach edition (due out June 16) doesn't cover north of the Palm Beach County line, it's fitting to declare a few out-of-the-area favorites. And the winner for Best Orlando Restaurant is the Ravenous Pig.
In the true sense of the gastropub, the Ravenous Pig places a strong emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. Chef-owners James and Julie Petrakis take these ingredients and elevate them into dishes that are foodgasmic. Most of the dishes on the menu are made in-house, including the charcuterie platter. The day I visited, the selection combined brown sugar fennel, hunter, pork cheek pastrami, speck, merguez, rabbit rillette, country terrine, comte cheese, and valdeon, a blue cheese from Spain.
I heard from one of their pork suppliers that they often host special events. To find out more, I contacted Erin Allport, their public relations director.