Pig & Pickle Pretty Perfect

Categories: First Taste

The Elvis.
When it comes to dessert, Bosworth and Riesner prove they're just as adept at baking as they are at cooking. And a stellar sweet ending the friendly and helpful staff calls The Elvis ($7) proves the point. Featuring creamy peanut butter cheesecake between pieces of flaky, cinnamon-sprinkled squares of pastry dough and alongside a brûléed banana resting in a miniature pool of homemade strawberry jam, the creation is then sprinkled with nuts and topped (naturally) with a strip of crispy bacon. It's a decadent gourmet version of the King's favorite sandwich in a far more manageable size.

Dinner only (for now) and decidedly casual, Pig & Pickles' low-lit room of brick and wood features an open kitchen, a full bar, and a private dining room called the "Pig Pen," which, Bosworth says, when completed, will sport a barn door as the entrance. And its late-night hours, from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., make it a must for the after-hours crowd.

Bosworth and Riesner's Pig & Pickle has come right out of the gate as one of Scottsdale's newest and most noteworthy restaurants. I can't wait to return.

Pig & Pickle
2922 North Hayden, Scottsdale

Open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. daily.
Late Night: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

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I know those guys and I'm so happy you liked their place. Looking forward to trying it.


Not to be critical of your criticism, but I think the reason behind the option of "with or without chorizo" on the mussels is to make that wonderful dish available to folks that eat seafood but not meat. 

Let it be noted that while they have plenty of meat-laden dishes, there are quite a few vegetarian choices as well. I had the Shepard's Beany Pie one evening. It is a vegetarian (not vegan) take on an ethnic meaty dish and it was soooo delicious with lentils in place of the traditional ground lamb. On a return trip I am looking forward to trying the Vegan Burger...with bacon as a $0 adder of course!

Check out their menu for yourself: http://www.pigandpickle.com/dinner-menu.html

Carrie Lynn Brown
Carrie Lynn Brown

Just noticed this place yesterday! Glad to know it is a must-try!!

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