The Noble Pig, the tastiest animal of the land, the basis for exquisite cured meats, the source of America’s most cherished bacon, the subject of Bourdain’s ultimate food quest, and now, the name of a new boutique sandwich shop in northwest Austin.
What makes sandwiches rise above brown bag lunch mediocrity into the stratum of greatness? How about a shop that bakes its own bread, makes its own condiments (pickles, mustard, the whole spread), and smokes its own bacon. That’s not just a sandwich, that’s pure joy between two slices of bread.
Noble Pig Sandwiches’ signature sandwich, so appropriately named “The Noble Pig,” is a trio of pork perfection and oozy provolone goodness.
Juicy pulled pork, spicy cured ham, and thick smoky slices of bacon all smothered with a sharp house-made mustard created a distinct contrast of flavors. It vaguely reminded me of a Cuban sandwich, but with more depth. A side of house pickled veggies made for a nice break between the rich bites of pork. The bacon lover sitting across the table from me was in heaven. For me, it’s nearly a masterpiece, but a touch on the salty side.
Sides are not to be missed at The Noble Pig. The country potato salad with whole grain mustard packed a lovely surprise with a few olives, just enough to make the flavors dance but not overwhelm.
The presence of duck pastrami on the menu means that a return trip is coming soon. And probably a third trip for the smoked pork belly BLT.
A second trip to Noble Pig allowed us to try both the duck pastrami sandwich and the BLT. The three pork Noble Pig may be the restaurant’s namesake signature sandwich, but the duck pastrami truly lets Noble Pig shine as a food destination. The duck had great smoke flavor and a defined (but not tough) crust and a melt-in-your-mouth juicy center. The tangy dressing added some zing, but soaked through the bread making it hard to keep the sandwich intact. Still, the result is the kind of sandwich you inhale bite by bite without interruption, then licking the duck and dressing juices right off your palms to savor every last bit of flavor.
Duck Pastrami Sandwich:
The smoked pork belly inside the BLT was an impressive, thick slice of pork perfection. The layers of fat, lean, and crust elevated the sandwich far beyond the typical BLT. The only complaint? Sandwich was a touch on the dry side.
Noble Pig Sandwiches
11815 Ranch Road 620
Austin, TX 78750