Even more successful is the fish of the moment ($23) — in my experience, a perfectly cooked grouper fillet paired with buttery Anson Mills grits, tender mussels étouffée, and a refreshing mango salsa. The dishes at the Royal Pig are typically large enough to share, but this one is worth hoarding.

Desserts are the lowest point of an otherwise mostly pleasing meal. They are all oven-baked to order, a detail that servers may or may not remember to inform the table. If it arrives dry, the raisin carrot cake — with mediocre cream-cheese topping, slivers of toasted coconut, and superfluous scattered berries — doesn't merit the ten-minute wait. A broken warm chocolate cake consists of sponges of cocoa cubes with a tart bing cherry compote, served inside a petite red cast-iron Dutch oven atop a cedar-plank tray, with a small bowl of vanilla bean ice cream on the side. A thick whipped-cream top is an unnecessary addition.

Executive chef Stanton Bundy's menu showcases classic American comfort fare. View a slideshow of the Royal Pig.
Executive chef Stanton Bundy's menu showcases classic American comfort fare. View a slideshow of the Royal Pig.

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Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen

350 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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The Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen350 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-617-7447. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday noon to 11 p.m.

Free-range rotisserie chicken wings $11

Grilled free-range turkey meatballs $9

Prime beef sliders $11

Kobe pan-fried chicken fried steak $18

Fish of the moment $23

Broken warm chocolate cake $8

View a slideshow of the Royal Pig.

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Still, so far, the Royal Pig Pub has its formula nailed; it's just the service that needs finessing. Dishes may arrive in a haphazard manner, like appetizers and entrées being delivered together. This is particularly true during busier nights, which, actually, can be any day of the week. But overall, the good-looking wait staff is attending to patrons with genuine grins and an eager desire to deliver a well-orchestrated meal.

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blades2223
blades2223

The place is a DUMP. Ate there the other night. Tasted like low grade DOG FOOD. I told the Mgr. that  there was a leak in the rest-room,, he said go ahead.

Anon
Anon

Hated this place. I know now that anything Emily likes is not going to be my cup of tea. Her eschewing of anything requiring an advanced palate and love of sports bars says it all. I'm just sick to think that she might be representative of the coming generation.

 
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