Openings and Closings

The Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen: A Sneak Peek (Photos)

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Dozens of domestic and imported beers are on tap, as well as an impressive number of craft beers including Stone Brewing IPA, Tequesta Der Chancellor, and local brewer, Holy Mackerel's Panic Attack. Draft beer prices range from $4.50 to $9 and are served in either a pint glass or a schooner. The heavy,

schooner glass keeps beer cold longer and has two more ounces

than a pint glass. The difference in price is minimal; most drafts are about $.50 to upgrade to the schooner -- it's a no-brainer.

Commitment-phobes can create a flight of four beers for $10. Bottled beers include your standard Budweiser and Heineken, but they also offer Omission, Widmer Brother's new gluten-free beer. Signature cocktails like their Dragon fruit Cosmo or the Filthy Pig -- a dirty martini with a bacon wrapped bleu cheese stuffed olive, are reinterpreted versions of the classics. Cocktail prices start at $9 and top out at $12.

While many of the items on the menu are on the

trendy-side -- sliders, gourmet burgers and ubiquitous truffle fries, it

seems that the restaurant is banking on top-notch ingredients and unique twists on common dishes to help set them apart. Prices at The Royal Pig range from $7 to $28, however, they are still in

the process of adjusting the prices before they officially open next

week. Their massive gourmet burgers are creative, like the Cactus Jack Burger that is topped with poblano peppers, smoked Gouda, Oaxaca cheese (a semi-hard Mexican cheese), fried shallots, and guacamole.

The Royal Pig's executive chef, Stanton Bundy, hails from Texas but has roots in New Orleans, having worked as a saucier at chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant. More recently, the fresh-faced 26-year-old worked as a sous chef at the Canyon Ranch Grill in Miami. Despite his recent stint at the chichi fine dining restaurant, many of the dishes at The Royal Pig reflect Bundy's love for The Big Easy.

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