Imagine a little ranch-style, mid-century house that's been artfully arranged and opened up to feature a wood-fired oven, simple, colorful dining space with loads of windows, and a menu that's all about the South and Italy. Throw in a bocce court, al fresco dining, and a list of cocktails that's, well, experimental - and you've got Hog & Hominy, the casual brainchild of chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman.
These boys are better known for their upscale Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, housed just across the street on Brookhaven Circle. At Hog & Hominy, the atmosphere is more casual, the food and service just as good, and the vibe definitely hipster - and we mean that in a good way.
Pig, pizza and wine - a perfect combination. — Photo courtesy of Hog & Hominy
Snacks include deviled eggs, popcorn and pork rinds - not served together, thank God - and a collection of wood-fired pizzas offers something porky on almost every pie. There's even crispy head cheese, creatively paired with watermelon and tomato gazpacho.....and I have to say, having dated the son of a pig farmer back in the day, I can't stomach the thought of anything to do with head cheese scares me. (Don't ask, it's a long story - suffice it to say I've seen those heads in a cooler, like something out of a horror movie).
But I digress. Back to the food - it's darn good. Darn. Good. Despite offering head cheese on the menu.