Thinking that a new barbecue place had opened in Calvert, I invited a few friends to come dine with me. I could not have been more wrong. The Flying Pig is not a barbecue restaurant! It is a regular eatery with a varied menu. It is located in the heart of St. Leonard with plenty of parking in the rear. You can’t miss it with the flying pig over the entrance.
Once inside, you notice the counter is at the back of the large room, with tables and booths in the middle. In the front of the room there is a sofa and easy chair with a coffee table for guests who are waiting for others to join them or are waiting for carryout orders. One of their objet d’art was a large bird cage containing flying pigs that added a sense of humor to the place.
As soon as my guests arrived, we looked over the menu before we ventured to the counter to order. The Flying Pig has items for under $6 such as a half pound burger on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and choice of cheese, grilled chicken sandwich, bacon, lettuce and tomato on white or wheat, pulled pork on a Kaiser with homemade barbecue sauce, garden salad with mixed greens, assorted veggies, walnuts and dried cranberries and you can add a topper for extra such as a grilled chicken breast, chicken or shrimp salad, or a crab cake. There are chicken tenders, a foot long hot dog with choice of toppings, deli sandwiches with choice of ham, turkey or salami with lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayo. Shrimp Bisque is also offered.
If none of those should appeal to you, for more money, there are the classic sandwiches, served with your choice of side, such as crab cake, cheese steak, chicken or shrimp salad, Reuben, triple decker club sandwich, or cold cut sub. They offer a true Gyro made with lamb and the ever popular chef salad. The sides are French fries, Coleslaw, green beans, onion rings, potato salad, macaroni salad, macaroni and cheese or potato chips. Extra sides are only $1.50 each.
And last but not least, there is the pepperoni loaf (fresh baked Italian spiced dough stuffed with pepperoni and provolone cheese and what the Flying Pig calls Ugly Pizza. It is a hand rolled pizza is some shape or form, ugly but tasty. You can mix and match the toppings: pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, green peppers, onions, black olives, mushrooms, extra cheese, jalapenos, and pineapple. They come in large and small starting at $7 for two toppings on the small and $13 for the large with two toppings. For an additional $2 you can have additional toppings on either one.
Homemade fresh cakes, pies, cookies and pastries are offered each day. On this day they were offering a Bacon Cupcake along with carrot or coconut cake, brownies, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
We ordered the crab cake sandwich, the Reuben, and the shrimp basket. Our sides were coleslaw, French fries, green beans and onion rings. For our desserts we decided on the carrot cake, coconut cake, and macadamia nut cookies.
The sodas and water are bottled and we took them and found a table. Your food is brought to your table as soon as it is ready. It wasn’t long before we were served. The food was brought out on a plastic tray in paper containers and the Reuben was wrapped in foil. The fries and onion rings were in large Styrofoam cups and the desserts came packaged in plastic containers and the shrimp basket in a foil container. The crab cake was awesome with very little filler and a great taste. Fries are just fries, nothing to brag about. The Reuben was stacked high with meat and was very tender with the right amount of sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing and cheese. The coleslaw was fresh and crisp. As for the shrimp basket, the shrimp were tender on the inside and crisp on the outside and had great flavor. I wished that the basket had contained something besides the shrimp, such as French fries or hush puppies. But I guess you can order the fries as a side. The green beans were canned and not much to speak about as I prefer fresh. Everyone liked the onion rings, as they were crisped on the outside and soft on the inside with great flavor and a light breading.
Each of the desserts was superb and enjoyed to the utmost. We wondered about the bacon cupcake but none of us had the guts to try it. I think it might be to the owners’ advantage to invest in some regular service dishes instead of serving in Styrofoam cups to make the appearance of the food a little more appetizing. It doesn’t need to be china but the proper paper or foil dishes would be great. The gentleman, who took our order at the counter, was very helpful and informative.
The entire bill came to $40.49 for the entire meal, which is very reasonable for the amount of food that you get. Not much to the décor but just enough to be pleasing and quiet enough to allow you to talk and not have to shout.
The Flying Pig Eatery does parties and catering. They also offer whole cakes and pies with advanced ordering. And of course, they do offer food to go. Please visit their website: www.flyingpigeatery.com.
On the Circle
4985 St. Leonard Road
St. Leonard, Md
Open: Tues – Sat 11 am – 8 pm
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