If there’s any sign that Oakland is made up of pork lovers, it’s the crowds that showed up for the First Pig Roast Cook-Off put on by Chop Bar.
Chop Bar is used to roasting a whole pig on summer Sundays at the Linden Street Brewery, but this Sunday they invited three other restaurants for a whole roast cook off. The other three were Tribune Tavern, Lungomare and Brotzeit biergarten.
When I arrived at the brewery parking lot, in an industrial area near the Port of Oakland, there was a long line for the pig platter. But it was worth the wait (cost was $20 per person) to pig out on a variety of roasted pork (some BBQ style) with some delicious sides.
It was a beautiful day to be dining outdoors, and the live band music and flowing beer added to the festivities. There was even a jump house for the kids.
My favorite pork was probably the one served up by Brotzeit, with Lungomare a close second. Both offered up tender and seasoned meat. I left before a winner was announced, but with such a beautiful day an everyone enjoying the food, everyone won.
UPDATE: I guess I was pretty much on mark with the rest of the crowds. The Pig Roast Cook-Off winner, as announced on the event Facebook page, was Brotzeit with Lungomare a close second. Told ya!
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