My wife and I were up in the Orlando area (again) and made our second visit to the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. Our economy might suck and badly but on a Thursday night this place was packed out and that's great to see!
Our second visit was the same as our first - spectacular! We had lunch there the first time and it was great. We went for dinner this time around with the same great results. We enjoyed the Shrimp & Grits as our appetizer. It employed thick, tasty grits, large pieces of shrimp and the grits were infused with oil pressed from chorizo - extremely tasty. On top of the grits was a sweet, zesty sausage which really made this dish a treasure and one which could have been a great meal (in a larger portion).
My wife enjoyed their snapper dish which was covered in a spicy and onion salsa of sorts and it was sinfully delicious. I decided on the grilled duck breast with carmelized baby brussel sprouts. It's been years since I've ordered duck and this was a bit of reach as I was deciding between the Steak & Frietz. But our knowledgeable server gently pushed me towards the duck after a brief conversation and it turned out to be a great choice. The breast was seared on the outside, incredibly tender on the inside and the carmelized baby brussel sprouts brought an unexpected sweetness to the dish. It was nothing short of outstanding.
Of course we finished off the dish with their famous Pig Tails which are like warm churros with a warmed dark chocolate dipping sauce - another sinfully delicious creation. We also ordered another dessert which wasn't particularly great and was deleted from my mind after such a great second experience.
I liken Ravenous Pig to Michael's Genuine here in Miami. Both have great chefs and interesting menus and with wonderful results. The difference here is service. The service at TRP is warm, friendly and sincere while the folks at Michael's make you feel lucky just to have a chance at getting a seat. The only drawback at TRP is that it's loud and that's due to poor acoustics.
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