For those of you wondering why I have a picture of pop on here, then you just don’t know about Cheerwine! For those of you who do know, well you get a gold star on your chart for today! For a while now I have vacationed in South Carolina every summer, and every year I always make sure the first thing I get at the store when we arrive is Cheerwine. It’s basically the south’s version of Dr. Pepper but so much better! Union Pig & Chicken is currently the only place in Pittsburgh that I know who carries it, they are starting this review off right! lol
Going into Union Pig & Chicken it is smaller than I expected it to be. There are 2 rows of picnic tables, community seating seems to be a theme of Kevin Sousa. We had a 40 minute wait (and I mean exactly 40 minutes!), so while we had to wait we went upstairs to the bar attached “Harvard and Highland”. I like alcohol as much as the next guy but when you start throwing big words and items I don’t know in my drinks I question what I am drinking. I don’t remember the name of the drink, I just remember it was the only Gin drink I saw and it seemed safe. I couldn’t taste the gin, but I could taste heeps of cinnamon in it. Way too much cinnamon. Hence when we got our table and I saw Cheerwine I was very excited…wonder if I can get some vodka or gin to mix with the Cheerwine next time?! I also tried the Sweet Tea, it wasn’t bad, it was typical northern sweet tea. You really do need to visit the south to appreciate good sweet tea (I’m looking at you Paula Deen!).
For dinner I ordered the Choose 3 with Ribs, Brisket and Fried Chicken. I also ordered cornbread, greens and mac and cheese as the sides (all were a la cart). The brisket…oh the brisket. This could’ve been the best brisket I have ever had. Most BBQ places in Pittsburgh have dry brisket, it’s good but not really juicy. Watch a food network BBQ show and you can always see the juices come out when they cut in the brisket. This brisket was the as close as I have come to food porn in some time! The ribs had a great smokey flavor to it and were great by them self. The fried chicken, which was a half of the chicken was a lot of food! I couldn’t finish anything on the plate except for the brisket, everything else went in a doggy bag!
Overall, Union Pig & Chicken really impressed me. Enough that I plan on going back ASAP, I really want to try the brisket sandwich next. I’ve tried 2 of Kevin Sousa’s restaurants now, I can’t wait until I try his hot dog shop soon. Now that the weather is nice I plan on going soon. I don’t know what the current plans are for his new restaurant in Braddock, last I heard it is supposed to open by the end of this year, but I haven’t heard any updates in a while.