Beer and barbecue - from a real live Texan, no less - have landed in Pacific Beach. Iron Pig Alehouse opens its doors today at 5 p.m. in a renovated warehouse that dates all the way back to 1945. Concrete floors and lots of warm wood set the "classic American BBQ house" tone that Iron Pig strives for.
Chef (and Texas native) Rick Daniels and sous chef Kristi Schlegel are both alums of La Jolla mainstay Whisknladle. A press release touts the food as "a modern approach on traditional barbecue," with five different smoked meats on offer: "Texas style" brisket, brined and dry-rubbed chicken, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and the massive meatsicles known as beef ribs. Meats can be ordered as plates (with two sides and Texas toast) or enjoyed in sandwich format with a side of fries. Other items of note include potato salad that's been fancified with smoked tomato aioli, mac and cheese with smoked gouda and sharp cheddar, and even a smoked pear salad with spiced pecans, bacon, and blue cheese. On the beverage side, expect 40 draft offerings with a heavy emphasis on craft beer as well as a few wines on tap.
Iron Pig Alehouse will be open daily for lunch and dinner.