Saturday I attended the 1st year anniversary of Chef Ray Tatum's acclaimed trailer, Three Little Pigs (1209 Rosewood, 653-5088), and the joint was hopping, although it was windy and freezing ass cold.East Side Wines, in the Victorian house right in front, was doing a tasting of organic wines (sad to say I didn't taste any), and Ray, sister Debo, and son Rory were putting out the chow, and yes, they were slammed.Here they are in tight quarters, best sides exposed.
The order window was jammin' fast and furious, but the piglets remained unfazed....
The crowd included many luminaries, including my good pals and fellow ATX Reagan graduates Mike Hernandez (dude was one of Dean Fearing's top waiters at the Mansion on Turtle Creek for decades...Sinatra tipped him a thousand bucks!; right), and Bill Greif (major league hurler for the Astros, Padres, and Cardinals; left.).
I accidentally went into a premature feeding frenzy when the food arrived, hence the half-eaten spud lower right, but this is the succulent porchetta (pork loin wrapped in pork belly):
...next was venison sausage and the sweetest baby brussel sprouts on jasmine rice:
...the most melt-in-your-mouth braised pig cheeks and daikon ever:
...a zesty Sichuan hot and sour soup (perfect for the cold-ass day):
...Ray's famous pork belly slider and a grilled pulled pork sandwich (slightly underexposed...siento, sometimes the magic fails):
...and the renowned Asian fried chicken with sweet chile sauce,
wasabi mayo, and sesame cole slaw...
Congrats to Three Little Pigs on year one, and many more to come. If you haven't been yet, you're missing out!