Let me preface this post in asking that there be no judgment when you finish reading it. I have been anxiously awaiting this restaurant’s doors to open for quite some time now so when my friends and I finally had the opportunity to try it out, we might or might not have gone a little overboard on ordering. Case in point: we ordered 3 appetizers, 3 pizzas, 2 sides and every dessert on the menu. Literally. Every single one. If that’s not doing it up right, then I don’t know what is!
Jokes aside, the dream team behind Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen have done it yet again with the oh-so-scrumptious Hog & Hominy. Sticking to their roots, Hog & Hominy is a little bit Italian mixed with just the right amount of Southern. Located right across the street from their first baby, Andrew Micheal Italian Kitchen, Hog and Hominy is a more relaxed version of what they do best: combining creative dishes with a fabulous atmosphere. Throw in a game of bocce and a great bar and you will likely never want to leave, especially after you sample how delicious the food is!
The brick oven pizzas are said to be their bread and butter. Now do not get me wrong, the pizza was tasty with loads of fresh ingredients and several options to choose from. wWe went with the Margherita, the Sausage and the Boom-Baba, which as a twist, had figs on it. Surprisingly enough though, mostly due to the fact that I could eat pizza every day of my life, it was the supporting menu items that stole the show.
Upon first inspection, I have to admit that I had no clue what half the items were, but we took a chance on them and man did they impress! For appetizers we ordered the Popcorn, Poutine and Crispy Head Cheese and all were unreal, with the stand out being the Poutine…which in laymen’s terms are fries that are soaked in this neckbone gravy sauce. Yes, super weird to me, but I could have licked the plate it was so good…sinfully good, actually!
For sides we went with the creamed corn and greens and let me just tell you…best. I. have. ever. had! No joke, my grandmother could have written the book on greens and creamed corn, and as much as it hurts me to say it, theirs rivals hers.
Lastly, but certainly not least, were desserts. Before our awesome waiter could even get the descriptions out of his mouth, we had ordered every single one. No joke. Chess squares, peach crostata, two kinds of gelato and peanut butter pie to be exact. (Again folks, lets remember, this was all in the name of research.) To say they were all good would be the understatement of the year, because they were all out of this world. It is no exaggeration to suggest that I could live off the peanut butter pie for the rest of my life. It was perfect in every single way, with this banana cream filling that just about did us all in…and did, actually. We ate every last piece of dessert and could not have felt more accomplished. Pretty ridiculous I know, but goodness it was worth it!
Hog & Hominy delivers on all fronts. Not only will it leave you satisfied on the food front and probably a little embarrassed given how much you will likely consume in one sitting, but the service is impeccable, as is the interior, which is industrial chic in every way. Due to the fact that most of us could not move after dinner, we missed out on the Bocce court but it is on my list next time for sure. Overall, not a single complaint from our corner…just the oh so important question of “when can we go again?!”
For more information about Hog and Hominy, visit their website by clicking here: www.hogandhominy.com