It’s my intention to bring to light some of the finer places to eat around the Inland Empire in this Dinner in the Desert blog. This week I will look at The Salted Pig in Riverside, CA; click on the map to the right for directions and check out my blog below.
Located next to the municipal center of Riverside is an exquisite burger bar that specializes in pork manifestations and craft brew. The Salted Pig is easy to miss tucked away next to tall buildings in downtown Riverside, and from the outside it is not ornately adorned, but as soon as you step inside you forget you were standing next to bleak city buildings as you are greeted with its cozy hide-away appeal.
Along the walls rest giant chalkboards that display the ever rotating taps and bottles of finely selected beers. While a traditional menu exits for specialty drinks and food, much is required of the waiter to explain or offer beers for pairing with meals or tastes, and I’m happy to say that the wait staff was knowledgeable and after asking advice once, I have never been disappointed in their selections and still ask for advice to this day.
Now beyond the delicious drafts and wines that can be found at the Salted Pig, they have a very enticing menu that boasts some delicious burgers and unique take on some pub and western classics. Whether it is there own pickled greens or garlic fries that you choose to start with, or their pork creations and combinations, no one should leave hungry. Their name-sake burger, the pig burger involves a beef patty that has been rolled with pork and bacon into it, adorned with a fried egg, cheese, spicy ketchup, and more bacon, the burger squeals deliciousness. Not to mention the hangover burger which features crisp prosciutto and hollandaise to give you that crunchy yet sloppy treat that triggers all your taste buds. Deserts and specialty drinks are also carefully crafted, with the ale float using some of the finest coffee beers being my personal favorite. They are also one of the few places that serve bread pudding, an odd but delectable dessert when made right, and The Salted Pig has just the right caramelizing mixture to make it a real happy ending.
There is typically a small wait to enjoy a meal at The Salted Pig, but the atmosphere is relaxed and very much removed from the heat and bustling of downtown Riverside. Whether you are looking to grab a few drinks after work, a quite dinner date, or a late night out with friends, the Salted Pig offers some of the finest selection of burgers and brew in the Inland Empire.