The tone of this week's review of The Blind Pig No. 55 is cautiously optimistic. While there were more missteps than you might expect to find at an establishment from the people who brought you Watermark and the erstwhile Miro District, there are reasons to hope this 12South barbecue-sports-bar-meat-and-three will turn the corner soon.
When I spoke with esteemed Chef Louis Osteen, he anticipated many of my criticisms, as if he were already working on the kinks in question. Joe Shaw had just joined the team days earlier — bringing his admirable CV from Watermark, The Standard at Smith House and Miro — and a barbecue smoker was being installed as we spoke. I hung up hopeful.
I'll be keeping an eye on The Blind Pig No. 55, as I'm sure will the 12South neighborhood and the ever-vigilant Bites community. Have you been to Blind Pig in the last couple of weeks? How are things looking? Or, for those you who live nearby, I might ask, "How are things smelling?"