The Bearded Pig BBQ | Where I'm Eating

9/03/2016

Where I'm Eating | The Bearded Pig
Situated in an unassuming corner of Jacksonville's historic San Marco neighborhood, The Bearded Pig BBQ has charmed it's way into the hearts (and stomachs) of First Coast foodies. Recently voted one of Jacksonville's most family friendly restaurants, The Bearded Pig just might be serving up the best BBQ in town. Our family recently ventured out from our home in Jacksonville Beach and headed across the ditch (that would be the intercoastal waterway) to discover for ourselves what everyone is raving about. 



Little girl drawing with chalk
The Bearded Pig BBQ is also part Beer Garden where refreshment, and pastimes are enjoyed by all.
Sienna is seen here making her mark on the surrounding fences. 
Austin Style BBQ

The Bearded Pig (TBP for the sake of this story) takes to task one of the South's most respected traditions. BBQ is serious business down here so if you want to make it, you better be serving up authentic flavor that will stand out. From the first bite I can say with authority that TBP delivers. I've tried BBQ all over the continent and even as far down as Brazil. I know good smoked meat when I taste it and believe me there is no substitute for the real thing. TBP's fast casual concept isn't a new one for the region, but it is a first for BBQ. Folks line up to place their order and find their own seat where their antibiotic and hormone free meat (by the pound or platter) is delivered to their table along with fresh sides made in TBP's scratch kitchen. The restaurant's BBQ is prepared in the style made famous by Austin, Texas (which I've had the pleasure of experiencing myself), and is completely on point. I was also encouraged to learn that  all the sides were exclusively vegetarian, certainly something new for Southern sides traditionally packed with pork or dairy of some sort. 
The Bearded  Pig BBQ's Bearded Poutine
On the Menu:
Starter
Bearded Poutine
Fries, Burnt Ends, Pork, Curds, Pimento Cheese
Made from scratch Pimento Cheese
On the Menu:
Starter
Pimento Cheese
+ Saltines
A healthier version of the Jalepeno popper that boasts more flavor than the fried version
On the Menu:
Starter
Jalepeno Popper
Cream Cheese, Sausage, Wrapped in Bacon
Toddler plays with chalk at The Bearded Pig
London takes her turn with the chalk 

The San Marco BBQ platter at The Bearded Pig
On the Menu:
The San Marco Platter
+ Some
Sides: Baked Beans, Slaw, Potato Salad
BBQ Sauce from the Bearded Pig
An array of BBQ Sauces at The Bearded Pig

Made from scratch slaw
On the Menu:
Made from scratch vegetarian Slaw

Baked Beans from Jacksonville's The Bearded Pig BBQ
On the Menu:
Baked Beans
Prepared with more of the sweet and sour method (Sooo good)
Family Focused 

It was refreshing to take the kids to a dining location that encouraged them to let loose and enjoy themselves. We dined on a late lunch one Saturday and it was lovely to watch the kids be free. Feast at your leisure and cool off under the misters surrounding the outdoor patio. There's no rush, and the kids wont want to leave. Sienna was particularly impressed with The Bearded Pig's modern take on BBQ commenting several times on how tasty it was, and of course she had a blast chasing her sister around the lawn. 

Kids playing in the backyard at The Bearded Pig
Sienna chases London through the yard

Made from scratch Banana Pudding
On the Menu:
Banana Pudding
Made from Scratch  (like grandma used to)

David West and daughter Sienna pose for the camera in The Bearded Pig's backyard
David and Sienna cheese it up for the cam in The Bearded Pig's backyard

We all heartily enjoyed every bite of The Bearded Pig's BBQ and can't wait to return. I captured every tasty course on instagram stories in real time. Did you enjoy it with us? Make sure to stay up to date on all our adventures on social media and here on the blog. Find me on instagram under AmyWestTravel for more great behind the scenes moments. 

Until then...

Enjoy the Journey!

xo - Amy West


Cover Photo: Pimento Cheese Corn Cake with Pulled Pork and Jalepeno Jam

children playing in the yeard at The Bearded Pig

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