Blind Pig No. 55 Opens Tonight in Former Mirror Space



The team behind Watermark and Miro District aim for down-home with their new restaurant The Blind Pig No. 55, which opens tonight.

Hospitality Development Group has also hired a new chef, Louis Osteen, to be the company's executive chef overseeing all three restaurants. Osteen is a well-known practitioner of upscale Southern cuisine, especially Low Country cooking (he worked for years in Charleston). He won the James Beard Award for best chef in the Southeast in 2004.

The Blind Pig No. 55 is a self-described neighborhood bar and grill in the former Mirror space in the 12South neighborhood. It promises "chef-driven, upscale Southern comforts in a polished, yet relaxed atmosphere." Read a release about the menu after the jump:

The menu features items such as the Pig's Smoked & Pulled Pork Shoulder and Cole Slaw Sliders (with Memphis barbecue sauce); Shrimp Corn Dogs (with avocado-lime dip); Empanadas (filled with pulled barbecue with peppery barbecue dipping sauce); Crispy Romaine and Arugula with Fried Oysters, Benton's Tennessee Prosciutto and Bourbon Soaked Dried Peaches; The Pig Burger (custom blend of freshly ground chuck, brisket and boneless short rib with a touch of Benton's bacon, on a soft potato roll with caramelized onions and fried green tomatoes); St. Louis Spareribs (big and juicy, sweet and spicy, with Tennessee red sauce) and Hickory Grilled Blue Ridge Rainbow Trout (with Crabmeat, scallions and smoked bacon).

The Pig (how can we not use that nickname?) will serve dinner tonight and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m., then starts regular hours (including weekday lunch) on Monday. (Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.) Meanwhile, Miro District, which continues under the direction of chef Joe Shaw, has stopped serving lunch so everyone can focus on the new joint.

The Pig has a patio, folks. It's at 2317 12th Ave. S. (292-2655). If you make it there before Bites, please give us a report.

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