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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bacon Bros Public House: Greenville's hidden gem

Last night my husband and I ventured out to Pelham Road to check out Bacon Bros Public House.  Chef Anthony Gray's second restaurant has been racking up  rave reviews, and we were excited to check it out for ourselves. Don't worry, I'm going to post the pics, but I wanted to share with the class a little first.  

Five things you should know about Chef Anthony Gray:
(I'm growing attached to lists)
1-He helped open the famed High Cotton Restaurants in both Charleston and Greenville.
2-He was a Top Chef contestant in Season 10 of the Bravo show.
3- He worked under famed Chicago Chef, Art Smith.
4- He was named one of the Top 10 Chefs to Know in Atlanta in 2012 by Braiser.com before moving to Greenville to take over the kitchen at Coal Fired Bistro.
5- Chef Gray is a master of Charcuterie.

Um... what's Charcuterie?  (Don't feel dumb.  I didn't know what it was when I first started writing about food.  I still can't say the word without stumbling over myself.)

Charcuterie (/ʃɑrˌktəˈr/ or /ʃɑrˈktəri/French: [ʃaʁ.kyt.ʁi], from chair 'flesh' and cuit 'cooked') is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as baconhamsausageterrinesgalantinespâtés, and confit, primarily from pork.[1] Charcuterie is part of the garde manger chef's repertoire. Originally intended as a way to preserve meat before the advent of refrigeration, they are prepared today for their flavors derived from the preservation processes.[2]

So with that in mind.  This was round one.  We asked the waiter to have Chef Anthony send out whatever he wanted me to try, instead of struggling to pick and choose off of the expansive menu. With a Bullit Rye and a Chalone Chardonnay in hand, we dug in.

This is the Bacon Bros Public House Meat Board. From the darker meat on the right going clockwise: Bresaola (cured beef with juniper and sea salt), Headcheese (with mustard and hot sauce), Lonzino (cured pork loin with sugar and salt), Salami, Fennel Coppa (with fennel seed, sugar in the raw).  The meats were all melt in your mouth fantastic.  In the middle of the plate there were housemade dill pickles, and housemade mustard seed mustard and a sweet beer mustard. The meats came with a plate of warm cheese biscuits.

Folks. This is the kind of food that makes you high. And we were only getting started.

Then came out the Pork Trotter.  The name doesn't sound very appetizing, but this was our favorite dish of the night, I think.  Trotter meat is taken from below the shank on a pig.  For this dish, the meat is cooked at 134 degrees for about a day and a half, then shredded, pattied and breaded with seasoned panko.  The meat is rich and tender and the crust is lovely.  The dish was accompanied by an apple salad with mustard seed and vinaigrette and an African squash puree. Seriously, it was the best thing I've eaten in an incredibly long time.

Next up, our waiter, Josh, brought us a dish of grilled sweet gem lettuce with Thomasville Tomme cheese, olives, and a white anchovy-preserved lemon dressing.   Grilled lettuce is definitely going to be on our must-try-at-home list!

Next was Steve Ellis's Pork Chop with farro salad with boiled peanuts, field peas, hominy, housemade BBQ pork rinds, and mustard BBQ sauce.  The pork was once again cooked at 134 degrees for about a day and a half.  It totally melted in our mouths.  Perfectly seasoned.  I loved the farro salad.  The boiled peanuts were salty and vinegary, just like my stepdad makes.  So good. Crispy pork rinds. Sweet barbecue sauce. Perfect, perfect dish.  

Dessert. We actually chose these because we were dying to try the housemade moonpie and banana pudding in a jar.  The banana pudding didn't shoot us over the moon but it was very good.  The moonpie, however was knock-your-socks-off freaking fantastic.  It was layered housemade graham crackers, peanut butter and marshmallows coated with a chocolate ganache and sprinkled with peanuts. 

Folks, this is HUSK grade food.  It's food that is backed by thought, intention, planning, and time.  It's everything food should be and left us incredibly giddy.  I have a long list of things on the menu that I didn't get a chance to try!  The fried okra, the bacon caramel popcorn, the pulled pork shoulder with cornmeal and country ham waffles with sorghum BBQ sauce and creamy slaw! We saw that dish at the prep table ready to go out and it looked freaking amazing.  We can't wait to take our friends back for another round of this restaurant.  It's by far one of the best places we've ever eaten.

This is definitely one of Greenville's hidden gems.  And a MUST try.

There are still spots open for Euphoria's Guest Chef Dinner Series at Bacon Bros Public House on Sept. 28 where Chef Anthony Gray and The Macintosh's Chef, Jeremiah Bacon will cook a mindblowing meal paired with Thomas Creek and Terrapin brews. For tickets go to www.euphoria.com.

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