Pig & Pickle in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card
Pig & Pickle happy hour-- prepare to eat (a lot).
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The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 until 6 p.m.
The rustic, cozy inside is good for any crowd.
The Interior: Pig & Pickle might not be what you expect on the outside if you've heard all of the same rave reviews we have. On the inside, the large wood mural of a pig enforces the pork-centric menu theme. The rich colors and materials match the food, too. During happy hour, you can pick to sit at a table, the bar or on the patio.
The Food: We already said pork-centric, right? Out of the seven items offered for $5 during happy hour, only two (the "dump truck" salad and chicken strips) don't contain piggy goodness. One of the newest happy hour offerings was actually a late-night menu item -- the udon noodle bowl. Though this technically is a chicken-based noodle dish with veggies and a tangy, sweet ginger sauce, you can (and should) add pork belly to it, which is why we don't count it as a non-pork item.
There's a mountain of pork on Pig & Pickle's tostadas.
The charcuterie plate comes with a chef's choice selection of different sausages and other meats, bread, butter, mustard, and house-pickled treats. We loved our little purple pickled egg and the licorice-y pickled grapes. However, if you really need a wallop of pork in your diet, try out the pork tostadas. Piled high with tender, flavorful pork shoulder, and kimchi, the super-filling plate of two tostadas embodies the restaurant's namesake -- with the vinegary kimchi and fatty pork working in perfect harmony.
The Drink: Pig & Pickle offers four different drafts, three wines, and three cocktails for $5 during happy hour. The list has a nice selection of local and national brews, along with two white and one red wines. We just couldn't help grabbing a couple of tasty cocktails, though. We started with the astoundingly simple and classic gin ricky, which was refreshing and light. Then we decided to pair a whiskey sour, made with fresh sweet and sour, with our delicious and decadent seared carrot cake to finish.
Simple, classic cocktails are the way to go this happy hour.
The Conclusion: With knowledgeable service and a comfortable atmosphere, Pig & Pickle is a great spot to relax during happy hour. The simple $5 price list doesn't necessarily jibe with beer, but everything else is pretty much a steal at that price point. The pupu plates are as delicious as the main menu items, giving people on a budget the perfect opportunity to try what Pig & Pickle is all about without breaking the bank.
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