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Friday, June 20, 2014

What the Hell Is a Babirusa? A Review of Blind Pig Bistro's Really Fun New Neighbor

Posted by on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM

THE PLACE AND THE BEAST And the totally delicious pickled eggs.
  • Kelly O
  • THE PLACE AND THE BEAST And the totally delicious pickled eggs.

Eastlake's been waiting for a place like Babirusa. On a Wednesday night at ten o'clock, every seat at the bar is taken, and the half-dozen tables are nearly full, too, with everyone eating and drinking and laughing. The soundtrack is medium-loud '70s classics—Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller, "Free Bird"—and the staff unironically bops around to the music. The people who work here are contagiously great: unpretentious and helpful and funny. The guy wearing the "I LIKE PIG BUTTS AND I CANNOT LIE" T-shirt—the words "pig butts" are inside the outline of a pig with a curly tail—briefly and inexplicably adopts an English accent. Another fellow gallantly refolds the napkin of someone who's stepped outside to make a call, like it's Canlis for a second. Maybe it's all extra fun because it's fun in a strip mall...

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