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So, true story. I was sitting in my hotel ro trying to decide what I wanted for dinner after my nap. I opened my Maps app, searched the word “restaurant” and saw a joint with the word pig in the title. I may not be Paul on a Damascus road, but I know when God is calling me to do something. No blinding light is necessary.

Upon arrival, I decided to eat al fresco. It was a decent night in January. The menu is loaded with delicacy after delicacy. It was hard to choose. But, the waiter was patient with me. I was a Royal Pig Pub virgin.

I started with the BLT. I’m not sure I knew what to expect, but when I got that big ‘ol piece of pork belly, I was happy! It two slices of fried green tomatoes with a nice bright sauce to cut through the fat. It’s also got grilled endive. The endive was sorta take it or leave it. I guess you can’t have a BLT without the T, so I get it. It was truly a hit. Was it life changing? No. But, it was really good!

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If something looks good, I have to try it out. Um, I’m glad I did. I ordered the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. First question though, “Do you devein the shrimp?” The response was affirmative. So, that was my green light. I read something about sweet potato grits, but then sorta forgot about it. I tasted the shrimp. Decent. I tasted the sauce. It was lovely. I saw this cheesy stuff under my shrimp and sauce. Then, I tasted it…and remembered the sweet potato grits. They were there. They were lovely. Now, this really was sorta life changing.

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After all of that deliciousness, was I full? Yes! Did I still order an entre? Yes! I wanted to grab the porchetta. I hadn’t had authentic porchetta since visiting NYC, so I was ready. Only, it was real porchetta. It was like a huge piece of pork meat with some sauce, some veggies, and some sort of potato and parsnip puree of some sort. Now, listen! It was good. And while some might think it’s over salted, I can appreciate it being over and not under salted. When you have huge meat, sometimes, it’s hard to get the salt just right. I can appreciate their attempt – it definitely worked. It was pure pork deliciousness. It has huge flavor, great pork taste, the sauce was amazing, and that puree underneath…it was perfect.

I didn’t have any room left for dessert. That chocolate chip skillet was calling my name. As soon as I heard it, I turned my head and looked the other way. This was definitely a stellar decision. If you’re in the Ft. Lauderdale area, the chefs here get it…and they get it right. Head on over! 

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