With the foodie quotient on the rise in North County San Diego, we wanted to take you on a trip to one of our favorite local spots. Our Creative Director, Lili, first stumbled upon this place because of the unique name- The Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen- flying pigs having been strangely common in many of her hometown Cincinnati encounters. This particular pig is known for it’s fresh locally sourced ingredients without any pretentiousness, not that pigs are pretentious, but you know what we're getting at. Just a stone’s throw up the coast from Encinitas, we find ourselves at a little house on an unassuming side street in Oceanside.
The owners, Roddy and Aaron Browning, just happen to be North County locals, a husband and wife team to be exact. Both come from a background of extensive experience in other fine-dining restaurants in southern California and it is now their pleasure to share their passion for food with their own community, having just opened a second location in Vista.
Of course, considering the business we’re in, we can’t help but notice the cozy, eclectic atmosphere. The mismatched chairs and the colorful reclaimed wood paneling give it a rustic down-home feel with a quirky art gallery vibe. Creativity sparks from the recycled album cover menus and wall art, including a wild boar head to odd trinkets that hang off the ceiling.
The menu consists of rustic, American cuisine using fresh, quality local ingredients. The Flying Pig is a member of the Slow Food Movement, a commitment to the community and environment, ensuring everything is produced in an eco-conscious way, there is no harm to animal welfare and food producers receive fair compensation. The artisanal cuisine can be carefully paired with special wines by the bottle or glass, as well as a collection of local craft beers on rotation like Booze Brothers, a family owned brewery out of Vista.
Notable Dishes include:
Bacon mac and cheese - Served in a mini skillet, enjoy the mix of traditional melted sharp cheddar and elbow noodles with thick chunks of bacon, the spiciness of the meat complimenting the richness of the creamy cheese.
Pork Burger - This is half-pound of fresh ground pork made into a burger. They use their own secret sauce and add a farm fresh fried egg with a tempura onion. Held together by a pretzel bun, this mouthwatering dish might possibly be the best burger you ever had!
Dessert Tip - Combine ‘em! Dip the banana bread doughnuts into the daily pot de crème.