Destination: The Salted Pig
Turning the tables on his go-to Italian concepts (Sugo’s, Babbo’s, Tavolo V, and Via Vino Enoteca), local restaurateur Michael Del Pietro has added a new cuisine to the mix with his latest eatery, The Salted Pig. The Frontenac storefront located at 731 S. Lindbergh Blvd. is dishing up modern riffs on Southern comfort fare along with a bourbon-centric bar program.
Inside of The Salted Pig, the décor is rustic without sacrificing style. Trees removed from outside of the restaurant during renovations were transformed into a chic focal point thanks to the wood wall in the dining room, which showcases the varying shapes and sizes of the different recycled logs. Additional reclaimed wood that’s more than 100 years old was used for the banquettes while a window looking into the kitchen was made from glass that was once at the historic Cupples Station in Downtown.
On the menu, there’s much more than the typical barbecue joint thanks to the wide selection of dishes between their small plates, soups, salads, sammies and full-sized entrees. Start off with smoky-sweet Brussels sprouts that are tossed with house-cured bacon and caramelized onions or the smoked chicken flatbread topped with Ludwig Farms’ Kickapoo cheese, Heartland Creamery goat cheese and a barbecue glaze. More small plate options give you the chance to step out of the ordinary with dishes like the shrimp and crab sushi roll that’s topped with spicy Sriracha barbecue sauce, or the roasted Prince Edward Island mussels served in a chardonnay broth.
Soup fans shouldn’t skip out on the beef brisket chili and the roasted & chopped salad is a great go-to for carnivores and vegetarians alike. A satisfying option for lunch or dinner is the smoked turkey sammie served on a Companion brioche bun, topped with roasted red delicious apples and sweet barbecue sauce. Yet, those looking for true down-home dishes should turn to the full-sized plates, such as the fried buttermilk chicken or spicy shrimp and grits. The St. Louis-style ribs are a sure crowd-pleaser while fish options, such as the grilled salmon served with asparagus and a barbecue glaze, keep multiple palates happy.
Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm and for dinner Monday through Saturday beginning at 4pm until around 9pm. 731 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.738.9373.