I rarely speak of it on the blog, but I love folks who put together a great concept with decor & ambiance that matches it. It’s not as easy to do as some people seem to believe.
The minute I stepped into Swine Southern Table & Bar, I felt as if I was about to bear witness to a “religious experience.” I was right.
After ordering a Victory Prima Pils to get things started, we (my wife Marcela and I) settled on the deviled eggs, the brisket sliders, and the chili. The deviled eggs came out first.
Is there a proper technique for eating these guys? I considered the fork & knife routine but decided it was best to go the one-bite route. It was a great move to have the bacon and pickled mustard seed topping them too.
The brisket sliders and chili showed up just as we were finishing those up. The pulled brisket in the sliders was topped with pickled red onions. They were great four-bite affairs.
I liked the chili, but I prefer mine without any beans; it was Marcela’s favorite. It had a little bit of heat which was also lovely.
There were some Fixins to be had, too: homemade cornbread, mac & cheese, and JOJO’s. Served with a side of maple butter & blackberry jam that cornbread with jalapeño, cheddar & bacon, it was hide from your spouse great.
In this case, she was here, and there was enough to share. I’m having one for breakfast as I write this. The five-cheese mac & cheese is just as good as the picture looks. Well, not as good because you can’t eat a picture…..yet!
The server (who was excellent, by the way) informed me that my sandwich already comes with fries when I was trying to decide whether I should have some JOJO’s. There was no way I was leaving without trying these chicken-fried fries, so it was full speed ahead on these.
I mean, how can you say no to chicken-fried anything? If the idea wasn’t fantastic enough, they come with spicy ketchup. If you can only have one, go with the JOJO’s. I had both cause I couldn’t help myself.
The Swine Burger
So it’s not a sandwich I had as my main but a burger. I ate a version of the Swine Burger at the NHM Closing Party a few weeks back, but at this point, I had been waiting too long to have the full month.
And then here it was before me. The Swine Burger is a double cheese with a thick slab of bacon & special sauce. I removed all the veggies as usual cause they just get in the way.
I’m speechless. I’ll leave it at that.
If I were you, I would go to Swine Southern, order 2 Swine burgers, and invite me over. I’ll be there in 2 shakes of a lamb’s tail or, in this case, a pig’s tail.
Desserts by Chef Max Santiago
I didn’t think I could fit in dessert, but I did. Their daily pie is apple, and I couldn’t pass up. apple pie was my late grandfather’s favorite, and it’s mine as well. Swine Southern did it right.
P.S.: Whoever picks the music deserves a raise; job well done.
Unfortunately, Swine Southern is closed, but some of these majestic dishes, including a variation of the Swine Burger, can be found at its sister restaurant, Yardbird Table & Bar (Lennox Ave, Miami Beach).