Pig serves up BBQ with all the fixings. Vegetarians beware, this is not the place for you.
Quite frankly I avoided Pig when they were at their View Street location because the place just looked scuzzy, not so now. Their bright ,clean and fresh location in the new BC Ferries building is very nice.
Not a huge space but enough room to plunk yourself down somewhere and enjoy your meal. Sometimes it's difficult to find a spot because it is that busy and there is a good reason for that.
The crew at Pig are whipping up some great southern bbq food. Pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, pulled pork poutine, a little Canadian flavour on that one. The portions are very generous you definitely will not go away hungry in fact you may not eat for the remainder of the day.
Recently I enjoyed their chicken and waffles special. Not something we are really used to up here in the north but quite common in the U.S. The waffle was huge , a delicious freshly made waffle topped with a few pats of butter , maple syrup and two tender and crispy, not overly battered or greasy , pieces of chicken.
It was deeeelish.
I have ordered their chicken before and it was the same, very consistent. Crispy, not overly battered and tender and juicy, very important when eating fried chicken. There is nothing worse than dried fried chicken and from my experiences so far at Pig you won't find it there.
Treat yourself someday soon to Pig you just might be surprised at how good it is.
I'm just back from a holiday in Canada with my girlfriend and my mouth is still craving the pulled pork sandwich that I had in Victoria, BC. Our hotel receptionist had recommended we visit this place called "Pig" right in the city centre and man, how right she was! It was this funky BBQ joint where you can either take away your food or grab a stool and chow down while soaking up the relaxed "blues-ey" atmosphere. I was starving before I went so I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with all the trimmings - cornbread, beans and coleslaw...mmm delish! Cornbread was nice & moist, the beans had a wee kick to them and the coleslaw was sweet, almost tangy. All good stuff, but I wasn't there for side orders, I was there for MEAT! And wow wee, were we blown away! The pulled pork sandwich that I had was incredible! The meat was so moist & tender - the flavour was like straight out of Memphis! My girlfriend went for the beef brisket sandwich which I had a couple of bites of. Those two bites confirmed where we would be lunching the next day in Victoria as I just HAD to come back and have a beef brisket sandwich all to myself before we headed off back to the UK. For drinks, I washed done my sandwich with a Boylans root beer and she had a coke if I remember correctly - both drinks nicely complimented the sarnies. The staff were friendly and pretty quick with the orders too, which was good as it got quite busy with the lunchtime office crowd just after we sat down. Pricewise this place had the right idea - it included the tax in the price (like we do here in UK) so I wasn't scrambling for extra pennies - if it says 5 bucks, it is 5 bucks! (other restaurants take note of this please). All in all, this small BBQ joint in Victoria has left a life long impression on us - I'm already telling people here that if they ever go to Canada, they MUST visit this place. If you like BBQ food, or even if you are not familiar with it, one bite of these sandwiches and you'll be hooked for life.
Pig is a little hole in the wall on View St. with a couple of stools to sit on, a counter, and a door.
A very strange set-up, They have an old electric oven that they cook everything in....As in the same typ of oven you have in your apartment LOL. I ordered a meat loaf sandwitch and watched the cook go from taking the money straight to handling my food without washing his hands. He placed to slices of meat loaf under the top broiling element in the old electric stove and when he wanted to see if it was hot enough yet....He rubbed the back of his hand all over my meat loaf right in front of me. I could not believe it!...............He then took a small little whole wheat bun, and squirted some mayo on it from a plastic bottle that was not even being refridgerated and was sitting on the counter next to the hot stove. He then slapped the 2 slices of meat loaf on the bun and handed it to me. $5 bucks even for this misserable attempt of a sandwitch. I paid him because I felt so damb sorry for him and threw the thing out in the garbage canon the street.............If you don't want to have your food cross-contaminated and pick up a good case of the runs, then it is best to avoid this filthy little place...THE NAME SAYS IT ALL...PIG.
My husband and I have had authentic BBQ from Texas and Oklahoma so we weren't expecting it to quite live up to those standards - even so, it was disappointing.
The first thing that turned us off was the ambiance. This restaurant is little more than a hole in the wall, which is fine for takeout but if you want to eat in be prepared to perch on a wobbly stool and jostle with other diners for elbow room at the narrow countertop. You'll also be able to enjoy hearing the staff discussing their personal lives behind the counter a mere 2 feet behind you.
On to the food. We had their beef brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, cornbread, iced tea and baked beans. Each was worse than the last.
The beef brisket was tender, but lacked any actual barbecued or smoked flavour. It was just roast beef on a bun, with sour BBQ sauce. The pulled pork was barely warm, mushy and came topped with the same wretched sauce.
The cornbread... was... COLD! Now, if you've ever had cornbread in your life, you know it's best piping hot, or at the very least warmed up in the microwave. It came with cold butter on the side, which didn't exactly help.
The iced tea was sub-par. My husband is convinced that it was iced tea "mix" from a can, I think it was just poorly made (perhaps steeped too long, it was bitter).
The baked beans were the last straw. We had to dig around in the cup to actually find any beans. It was mostly red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mustard seeds (why mustard seeds? Oh God why?). The beans were of the kidney and pinto variety. Also, I don't think there was anything "baked" about these beans, unless the staff was "baked" when they prepared them.
If you've never had real BBQ, this place might just be the thing for you, because you won't know what you're missing, and the prices are decent. But anyone who's had the real thing should just go to the McDonald's down the block and avoid the crushing disappointment.
This little place offers great BBQ at good prices. Not much for eating in but great for grabbing for a nice meal at home. The beans were exceptional, probably the best I have ever had at a BBQ place. Loved the cornbread as well. The meat, good pulled pork and Brisket, that is what we have had, smokey and melt in your mouth. Recommended for those nights when you want to have something good and don't feel like cooking dinner.
Pig is all about simple menu, great food, quick service. Food snobs take your critiques elsewhere! If you like good BBQ meat on a simple bun, a side o' beans, and have toonies tinkling in the pocket - you can get a good meal cheap. It's not about the "ambiance"...save that review for some AAA five-diamond snobbery. Pig just serves up damn good sangy's...and that's all I'm after when I go there. If I'm surprising the wife I'll spend extra and go to a place with linens...
One kicking sandwich and it all comes from this small little hole in the wall off View street. Perfect bun to meat ratio and man.. that pork sandwich is to drool for!
Service is always great and these guys must like their jobs!
Just got voted best sandwich in Vcitoria and can't argue that one!
I went to Pig and I am happy to say that the guy who served me washed his hands after handling our money. A friend and I went and we ordered a beef brisket sandwich and a pulled pork sandwich and cornbread, all of which were good. We shared the meal and were both stuffed. I would recommend Pig to anyone who is looking for a quick cheap place to eat.
Let me start by saying, I was so excited to hear of the opening of this little BBQ joint...a new place downtown, a new food to try and the prices looked good. The mere idea of the menu items made me salivate dreaming about how great they would surely be. I'm sad to say I was very disappointed. Albeit a great idea, the actual products just seemed lacking. I had the pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw and baked beans and got it for take-out. I could hardly stand the trip home knowing what was waiting for me. As I took my first bite into the sandwich I was disappointed to find it rather dry. Oh well, it was only the first bite...but the entire sandwich was like that. The flavours were milder than I thought and the pork not as tender as I'd anticipated. The coleslaw was as coleslaw is...kinda creamy, kinda vinegary, kinda crunchy...no surprises, but it was lacking in a punch too. Finally I thought the beans would be the gem of the meal...let me tell you, I had a hard time finding a bean! It was very soupy and had bits of other things, peppers I guess and tasted alright, but not wonderful. When I think of bbq baked beans, I think of thick and saucy, hearty beans. This was thin sauce and not many beans to be found.
All in all, I was thoroughly let down by my own high expectations. The food isn't bad and it's not expensive, but as I had almost declared it to be my new regular spot, alas I haven't been back and have no immediate plans to return. I hear that Smokin' Bones Cookshack is great, so I'll have to try out there and wait to get fired up until AFTER the meal.
Pig is the only place to go for authentic BBq in Victoria, from the fantastic corn bread muffins to the delectable pulled pork sandwiches definatly a must for lunch. Pig also has a good selection of boyle colas, yum.
I found that place by accident since it is very small restaurant (Well if you call it restaurant). However the burgers taste surprisingly good. I think tasty food is the most important. I prefer to takeout since the office is not fair away. Oh you want to have it warm.
Making sandwiches and handling cash in same minute. I brought it to the cook/cashiers attention and he shrugged.
I wanted to make this place my favourite new spot.
Hey buddy, wash your hands.
PIG is an awesome place for a quick lunch. I can't believe the negative reviews on here. Pig is a great little spot for what it is - quick, cheap delicious BBQ sandwiches. Their coleslaw is great, and they often have daily specials worth checking out, like their pecan pie. Thank you PIG! (For the person who would rather eat at McDonalds - nothing is stopping you!)