By: Jess Moore
When I first saw the sign going up at Cotswold Village, it didn’t make much sense to me. I had to learn more so I could share their story with the rest of Charlotte. I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with the local, creative restaurateur group Stomp, Chomp & Roll. They also manage two other local favorites, The Flying Biscuit and The Pizza Peel. A huge thank you to Chris, Jess, Fernanda, Gavin & Dar, their head chef, for letting me be a part of their family.
After talking with them, it became clear to me what the words “The Improper Pig” actually meant. With extensive knowledge of Asian cuisine from operating the former restaurant, Mama Fu’s and a passion for BBQ, a new twist on a southern staple was born. Since their dream wasn’t following the proper, expected path you’d normally see in the South, naming it The Improper Pig made total sense.
Featured Signature Favorites
Chow Bao Taco: your choice of pulled pork, chicken, chopped brisket, grilled salmon or smoked tofu tossed in spicy hoisin sauce in a steamed Bao bun topped with Asian slaw. Restaurant Manager, Gavin, says his #1 favorite menu item is the Chow Bao Taco with grilled salmon. Guess it’s a must have!
No Pig Sandwich: marinated grilled portabella mushroom, roasted red pepper, pickled onions, smoked tomato with lettuce, goat cheese and a drizzle of pesto. Not only is it delicious, it’s beautiful.
Good Luck Soup: Traditionally a New Year’s Day good luck meal, you can come in any time of year if you’re needing some luck. Their version of Brunswick stew, collard greens, sweet potatoes, black eyed peas, brisket and pulled pork.
Appetizers and Sides
Equally as impressive are their appetizers and side items. A few of my favorites are the Improper Nachos, Twice Baked Jalapeno Peppers, BBQ Kale Chips, Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries and the Spicy Balsamic Glazed Green Beans. If I lived closer I would order those green beans every night for dinner, they’re ahh-mazing! Other sides to tip a hat to are the Chef’s Choice of Brussels Sprouts, Jalapeno Cheese Grits and Sweet Potato Hash. Vegetarian and gluten free menu items are also available.
BBQ Sauce Galore
All BBQ sauces are made in-house. Inspired by the global love for BBQ
Eastern Style BBQ, Mary B’s BBQ, Korean-style, Tong’s This, Teriyaki, Generals, Buffalo, Inferno, Jeff’s Mustard and Spicy Hoisin. They’re on every table so you can try them all!
Monthly Monday Events!
The team gets really excited about their monthly events. It’s their chance to get super creative with pairings. They started out having Bourbon Education events that have now evolved into 3-4 course pairing events with some awesome giveaways! Their 3rd pairing event just took place last week with BirdSong Brewery and local Muddy River Distillery. Follow them on social media for the next event!
Oinker Food Truck
Soon to be seen at local food truck rallies around Charlotte, be on the lookout! Oink, Oink!
The Improper Pig
110 S Sharon Amity Rd
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Article by Jessica Moore
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