By Yasmene Warren
Sometimes, it can be so hard wanting to eat out for dinner and deciding on a place to go. It’s easy to get tired of the same old, classic food chains. Luckily, downtown Winter Park has a large selection of local restaurants to choose from, and this one might just have you sold. Let’s check out The Ravenous Pig!
What is The Ravenous Pig?
The Ravenous Pig was started in 2007 by James and Julie Petrakis and is a gastropub located in downtown Winter Park on West Fairbanks Avenue. The husband-wife duo also created and own Cask & Larder in the Orlando International Airport, The Polite Pig in Disney Springs and recently created The Ravenous Pig Brewing Company in 2019.
This restaurant serves unique food concepts made with seasonal ingredients, so its menu is constantly changing. It is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and is closed Mondays.
What’s On the Menu?
The Ravenous Pig has a wide selection of dishes to choose from.
For starters, you can order things like a ciabatta truffle loaf, crispy pork belly, chilled octopus, Swedish meatballs and so much more. The charcuterie board and cheese platter options allow you to pick three, five, or order a grand platter of meats and cheeses. There’s also a soup and salad section where you’ll find The Ravenous Pig’s own gatherer salad, shaved vegetable salad and a classic French onion soup.
This restaurant has handhelds like the pub burger, mahi sandwich and rock shrimp tacos. Pasta dishes such as the tagliatelle bolognese, gnocchi and scallops, and mushroom ravioli are to die for! There are also meat and fish options offering dishes with steak, chicken, salmon, tilefish and more.
One part of the menu that changes daily is the butcher’s cuts, which sometimes can offer items like wagyu tomahawk steak, lamb wellington, whole yellowtail snapper and more.
Although this restaurant has a bar that offers a variety of brews and other drinks, that doesn’t keep it from being kid friendly. If you decide to bring your little ones, you can order a kid bento board that comes with either macaroni and cheese, a burger, tempura rock shrimp or chicken tenders with a side of either roasted carrots or truffle fries. It also comes with apples and caramel.
The Dining Atmosphere
The dim lighting and the plush booth seating certainly made this dining experience a comfortable one. There are ample television screens in the bar area for you to watch your favorite team win the game, and there’s a perfect view of the brewery and taproom as well.
Dining at The Ravenous Pig felt both classy and casual; it’s definitely one of those places you’ll be telling all your friends about once you try it!
Despite the messy animal The Ravenous Pig was named after, this restaurant definitely lived up to be anything but! The food was packed full of flavors you won’t find at just any restaurant, and the environment was both welcoming and refined. If you frequent downtown Winter Park, you’ll certainly want to add this restaurant to your list!
Hannibal Square in Winter Park
Hannibal Square is a part of downtown Winter Park that is rich and full of history. What was originally created to be a neighborhood of homes for African Americans who worked as farmers and carpenters in the nearby groves, homes and hotels now serves as a lovely slice of history with landmarks such as Mount Moriah Church, Flowers Temple, the Early Rising Lodge and more. Hannibal Square is home to an abundance of locally owned restaurants and shops and is in close proximity to the Park Avenue district and Downtown Orlando.
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