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Chef de Cuisine Michael Bonk was already in the habit of preparing family-style meals for The Pig‘s staff every week. It’s not an uncommon tradition in most DC restaurants at all. In mid-March, Bonk wised up and realized that serving family-style lunch to the public would probably go over well. So far, it has.

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With a menu that changes weekly, guests will be able to enjoy three courses for $15 on Fridays between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The menu is typically announced a couple days in advance on the restaurant’s facebook page.

On this particular friday, we were treated to quite the spread. Lunch began with a beet salad with mixed greens and arugula, complete with a citrus red wine dressing that pronounced the budding spring flavors nicely.

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The main course was something you surprisingly don’t see on area menus very often anymore– pork loin. This version is very much like mom’s roast, and was served with some divine potatoes and carrots.

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Dessert was hard to set aside until the end, and we sort of managed. A vanilla gelato with macerated dates and almonds. These are the kind of dates that turn a non-believer into a diehard fan within seconds.

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And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how many amazingly delicious vegetarian items grace The Pig’s menu, like this buffalo mozzarela sandwich.

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But if you came to eat and you’re not messing around, you can apparently order an entire pig’s head for your table. We’re not really sure where to start so we’ll leave that to the experts.

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The Pig is located at 1320 14th Street NW.

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