Coming to East Dallas, The Whistling Pig, a Bar with Food at the Forefront

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The Cock and Bull's Reuben is about to have a little brother in The Whistling Pig's Cuban
If the Cock & Bull, the dark bar in Lakewood, had a shortcoming that really stood out, it was the lack of a deep fryer in the kitchen. I've gushed on and on about their Rebeun sandwich, but always silently lamented that it wasn't flanked with a side French fries. There were no chicken wings or corn dogs on the menu either, and the lack of golden brown has been a drawback on the bar food there.

It's not just that there was a lack of a deep fryer, but what that indicated in a larger sense -- that the kitchen at Cock & Bull was incredibly cramped and very limiting on what chef Asher Stevens could accomplish within its confines.

That's why the opening of a new bar called the Whistling Pig is so exciting. We're about to see Steven's cooking unleashed.

The Pig, which has hired Stevens as its chef, had a soft opening over the weekend, and will officially open May 1. Expect big sandwiches held together with melting cheese, as evidenced by a Cuban with smoked pork ham and Swiss cheese. There's also a pot roast melt an open-faced roast beef sandwich and a pastrami on rye. From the depths of a deep fryer emerge those corn dogs and chicken wings you've been yearning for. If you're looking for another East Dallas bar with a laid back vibe and decent food make sure to put The Pig in your rotation.

The kitchen will stay open until 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 1 a.m. on the weekends.

The Whistling Pig, 8786 Ferguson Rd #133, (214) 324-3186, thewhistlingpigdallas.com

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bitchesrule
bitchesrule

Love this place! It really had a great neighborhood vibe and everyone was excited to have something close by and the food was great. 

bryanr01
bryanr01

Short hop from the FOE pool...

EastDallas
EastDallas

The food is going to have to be good. I stopped in Saturday night and there was no effort made to creating atmosphere. I really had hoped they would step it up a notch to meet the changing trends. It feels like a bar in a strip mall... which is exactly what it is. Guess I'll continue to drive past this place and go to GF.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Small quibble....this area is FAR East Dallas -- not East Dallas.

catme
catme

Can't wait to finally have french fries and jalapeno sticks instead of those potatoes at the C&B. The menu seems very pork based and limited. I don't really eat pork and would like more than a few veggie options I will eat chicken, fish or beef though. I hope it does very well as I plan to attend.   

Greg820
Greg820

Like Goodfriend, it's the only one in the area.  Best wishes!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Ferguson is a really weird spot to open this place. But I'm guessing the rent is dirt cheap.

antoniodroid
antoniodroid

Had similar thought regarding atmosphere Saturday day. Service off but food was great. Chalking it up to soft open and since we're literally walking distance will be back.

bitchesrule
bitchesrule

@EastDallas  too bad - i was with a big group on saturday night and we had a blast. met alot of neighbors who were super excited. so sad for you to give up so easily...and GF owners were there too! 

antoniodroid
antoniodroid

Don't want to start an "off menu" revolution but wife doesn't ear beef/pork. She ordered a burger with chicken breast instead and they made it.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

@P1Gunter This is an area ripe for a hipsterish gentrification similar to the area where Goodfriend is.  It is very ghetto there with all of the apartments on Ferguson, Buckner and John West; but, there are enclaves of money in the residential areas of Forest Hills and Little Forest Hills.  Will definitely check this place out.

catme
catme

@P1Gunter  This is actually a great area to open something. Any businesses going in here will do gangbusters because of the walkability of all the nice neighborhoods surrounding it. Its a smart move for any business and could use a few more restaurants and cafes.    

Greg820
Greg820

@scott.reitz @CrackerDaddy  I grew up in the Ferguson/Lakeland area.  I always called it "Dallas." There was Forest Hills and LFH, but that area never had a specific identity, except maybe for Reinhardt, from which it was incorporated.   Much like Lake Highlands, I hope this area will see some new blood.  There are lots of nice houses tucked away here and there.  Kudos to the C&B group for taking a risk.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

@scott.reitz @CrackerDaddy Actually, Far East Dallas is not a neighborhood -- it is an area of the city containing neighborhoods such as Casa Linda, Casa View, Little Forest Hills, Old Lake Highlands, etc. 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I just feel like near Cane Rosso White Rock or Goodfriend makes more sense.

antoniodroid
antoniodroid

I remember similar comments about Good Friend or even Good 2 Go when they opened.

hayley.dyer
hayley.dyer

@P1Gunter I can't imagine how bored my taste buds would get if I only had two restaurants close to me.  The more the merrier!

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