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!

The long line as people waited for their chance to try some roasted pork from four restaurants in the Jack London Square area of Oakland

The long line as people waited for their chance to try some roasted pork from four restaurants in the Jack London Square area of Oakland

Close up of the pig by Brotzeit biergarten

Close up of the pig by Brotzeit biergarten

Everyone was patient as the restaurants dished up their pig

Everyone was patient as the restaurants dished up their pig

Adding some sides to off-set the pork

Adding some sides to off-set the pork

Fist of Fury Pizza was also there to offer up pizza, mostly for the kids who didn't want a whole pig

Fist of Flour Pizza was also there to offer up pizza, mostly for the kids who didn’t want a whole pig

Lungomare wins for the pig with the most color

Lungomare wins for the pig with the most color

The pig dinner started at 4 p.m. and most of the crowds started fading after 6 p.m.

The pig dinner started at 4 p.m. and most of the crowds started fading after 6 p.m.

My $20 plate of roasted pork (four version) and sprinkling of sides, including potato salad, a bulgur salad, spinach salad, and cornbread

My $20 plate of roasted pork (four version) and sprinkling of sides, including potato salad, a bulgur salad, spinach salad, and cornbread

Live band music added to the festive atmosphere

Live band music added to the festive atmosphere

Along with enjoying the food and beer, everyone seemed to be loving the summer day

Along with enjoying the food and beer, everyone seemed to be loving the summer day

7 Responses to Pig Roast Cook-Off at Linden Street Brewery

  1. Sherrie says:

    I really enjoyed the event as well and agreed with the results. The sides were actually some of the standouts for me. Especially the jalapeño corn bread that they brought out towards the end.

    • Ben Ben says:

      Yeah, I liked the salad that was made with some kind of grain like bulgur or cous cous pearls. That had nice acidity to balance all the pork!

  2. Tara says:

    What an event! Pork is one of my favorite meats. I’m counting down the minutes to lunch time after seeing your pork tasting plate. I don’t venture out to your side of the bay very often, but it looks like there is a lot of fun things to do (+ you guys have better weather!). I’ll have to hop on BART soon enough.

  3. Carolyn Jung says:

    Whoa! Look at that line. But that bronze, crispy skinned pig sure does look worth waiting for.

  4. Row says:

    Mmm, pork! Heh, I was going to ask if the skin was crispy, but Carolyn beat me to it. 🙂 The meat does look tender and juicy. 🙂