Pig & Fiddle: A first look
|A pig and a pint, now available at 50th and France|
We stopped by on a recent evening for a quick bite and a first impression.
Two things the Muddy Pig does very well are keep a well-curated beer list and play great dining music. The same can be said at the Pig & Fiddle. The beer selection is full of craft brews, with a good amount of local beers making an appearance. While they were sadly out of Fulton's Sweet Child O' Vine, they did have Lonely Blonde on tap. (A Surly Cynic made a nice stand-in.)
The music can probably be described as Adult Alternative, with selections from the Ryan Adams repertoire. Warm wood tones and attractive lighting add to the ambiance. The staff is attentive, if still new. When we asked our server what was in the pasty, in addition to the pot roast promised on the menu, he stammered, "Vegetables? Like ... potatoes?" Fair enough.
|Mussels in bacon beer broth|
Our first course arrived with a steamy whiff of disappointment. The top layer of mussels were dried out and overcooked. The beer broth they were steamed in was studded with bacon that was an unfortunate specimen of the thin, wussy variety. Served with a small bowl of chunky fries, they were $16.
Thankfully, the sausage sandwich rode in triumphantly. A pleasantly Polish-like flavored meat, split open and grilled, it was served atop a bed of housemade sauerkraut, crowned with a fried egg, all on a crusty, grilled hot dog bun-type roll. The salty meat was doused in rich yolk, spiked with a pleasantly tart sauerkraut, with just a bit of caraway seed on the flaky, bready roll. A manly sized portion for $12 includes a side of fries, salad, or mashed potatoes.
|Beef pot roast pasty with pickled onions|
The mashed potatoes are not hard up for butter--the rib-sticking, skin-on Yukon gold spuds were rendered creamy-rich.
With the expertly chosen beer selection, the weight of the dishes, and the roaring fire, the atmosphere is a refined, man-scaped vibe--decidedly dudely. A great spot for men with discerning tastes to grab a respite from the lady-like shopping areas nearby.
Pig & Fiddle
3808 West 50th Street, Minneapolis
Hours 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. daily