Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa

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Pig Floyd's

Pig Floyd’s

I’ve been to Orlando dozens of times, but always just went directly to one of the theme parks.  I was flying solo with some time to kill so decided to venture into downtown Orlando to seek out some of the city’s best eats.  I didn’t really have time to do my normal homework on the Interwebs with sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon so instead I sent out an S.O.S tweet to my fellow Chowzter contact and legendary Orlando blogger Ricky at Tasty Chomps.  The question was simple.  “What are your top #3 favorite lunch spots right now?”  Putting myself in his shoes, it is a question that can be a difficult one to ask?  I myself am guilty of consulting my own blog to answer those types of questions, after hundreds of different reviews, the memory starts to fade a bit.  Additionally, I have the inclination of asking too many questions like how much does the person want to spend, or what type of cuisine do they like?  To my surprise however, Ricky tweeted back just a few minutes later with his top 3 choices.  It was the speed of the response that really told me something, he didn’t have to think about the answer too long.  At the top of the list was Pig Floyd’s, so it made my choice clear.  Any restaurant with a pig in the logo and title, and a play on words with Pink Floyd had to be good right?  I made my way to Pig Floyd‘s Urban Barbakoa.

The menu

The menu

Ricky even went the extra mile and made a few suggestions on what to try.  The ribs as well as the butter chicken taco.  Looking at the menu I was certainly impressed with the selection.  I love gourmet tacos and I love unique sides when visiting BBQ joints.  These sides had a Southern spin, and when I say Southern, I mean the deep, deep south.  With South American and the Caribbean classics like fried yuca and plantains, I knew exactly how to order when I walked in.

The ribs

Pig Floyd’s Famous St. Louis Style Ribs

Hands down, shut the front door, some of the best ribs I have ever had.  That is coming from someone who has really learned to control the “best I’ve ever had” phrase when reviewing a place, but I simply cannot resist the urge to use it here.  I got to Pig Floyd’s around 11 and the person that took my order said something like “ah the first order of ribs today”.  I don’t know if it was because they were straight off the smoker, or just that there was something special with Pig Floyd’s first-born but the ribs were something special.  The pig shape wood plate alone made me happier than a dog with two peters.  Notice how dark the ribs are, the rub here was magical.  I really wish I knew what these guys were putting on these puppies.  So good!

Butter chicken taco

Butter chicken taco

All those years as a kid and the advise my parents gave me to go slow when eating and savor the flavors, you know “chew your food” went out the door with this taco.  It was so good, yet gone before I knew it, I was left contemplating to myself what the hell just happened.  This taco was amazing.  It had great chicken and a nice amount of heat to it.  Moar! Moar!  Moar!

Fried Yuca and a Roasted Corn on the Cob

Fried Yuca and a Roasted Corn on the Cob

The yuca was fantastic as expected.  Yuca is a root and is related to the potato but perhaps a bit more starchy.  It can be pretty inedible when not prepared correctly which is why most of the time it is either fried up, or used in soups.  Think of steak fries on steroids.  The corn on the cob was fantastic as well, with tasty subtle accompanying flavors to it.

Pig Floyd’s is absolutely off the hook, out-of-bounds, fantastic barbecue.  Everything I tried was dynamite.  Granted that reviewing a barbecue restaurant and being critical is one of the toughest things I have to do as a foodie, but trust me on this one.  Take the 15 minute drive from wherever you are staying near the theme parks and give this place a try on your next visit to Orlando.  Well worth the trip.

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