Their name says it all, The Sybarite Pig – Craft Beer, Craft Grub. That alone grabbed our attention as we pulled into this strip mall in West Boca Raton for lunch.
The Sybarite Pig is smaller than we expected, but they utilize the space very well. They have tables lined up along one wall and counter seating at the bar along the other.
We liked the weathered dark wood and industrial steel look and felt it makes for a relaxing spot to hang out and grab some beers and comfort food. We arrived on a Saturday during peak lunch hours and the place was busy. Most of the tables were taken but we found two great spots at the bar.
We think the bar seating is probably one of the best in the house. Not only can you see the TV’s overhead (playing Family Guy today), but you can also see a little into the kitchen and check out the craft beers behind the bar. The menu is kept in a spiral binder and they have cool “baseball like cards’ describing each beer available. It gives you the beer type, brewery, alcohol content, flavor notes and just about anything craft beer fans want to know.
The cards also have the prices for each beer, which we almost didn’t catch. They do offer some higher-end bottles here, so be sure to pay attention to the prices so there are no surprises when you settle the bill. ($26 beers are right next to $5 beers). The food menu is on the smaller side with mostly sandwiches and sausages. It’s not your typical bar food here and you can see that at first glance.
There was one bartender/server working and he kept up very well. Beer was quickly served and our food orders were out fairly quick as well. We were actually a bit surprised on how quickly our appetizer came out, maybe 10 minutes or so.
Piggy Pin Wheels ($5) – Bacon, Capers, raisins, olives. Perfectly sliced ‘pin wheels’ showed off the kitchen’s knife skills and we were amazed on how everything stayed in place. The bread portion of the dish seems to be almost pretzel type dough, which really went well with the saltines of the bacon, capers and olives. It was freshly made and one of the more interesting appetizers we’ve seen in a while. We did feel that they could have used more bacon (what doesn’t need more bacon, right?) as it seemed to get lost in the mix a little. Overall, a great choice and it does pair well with a nice craft beer.
Pulled Sirloin Tritip Sandwich with Pickled Beets with Greek Yogurt ($12), added Goat Cheese ($1) – Pulled bottom sirloin, arugula, chipotle aioli. The sandwich was a little smaller than expected, but there was a lot of meat piled on. The beef was nicely shredded with a tasty au jus, which kept the meat moist at the start of the sandwich. About half way through, the meat seemed to get a bit drier while keeping the flavor. I’m a fan of arugula and felt it was a nice choice for the greens. The pickled beets were fresh and intense with flavor. The pickling flavor was not really that strong and my tip is to skip the goat cheese add-on for $1, as the amount really didn’t lend anything to the overall taste.
Wagyu Duck Fat Burger with Mac & Cheese ($15) – Kaiser roll, tomatoes, red onions, red onion jelly, aioli, aged cheddar, bacon, fried egg. While the size is smaller than you expect, this is one rich burger. Juicy and thick, the duck fat elevates the experience a bit. All the components work well and while you can’t really ‘taste’ the duck fat, you can tell that there is something special in the beef. This was our favorite of the two sandwiches and our recommendation if you head in. The Mac & Cheese was definitely not your ‘healthy’ version, but it was so worth it. Creamy& cheesy with a nice browned top, it was total comfort food heaven.
The Sybarite Pig – Craft Beer, Craft Pub is a welcomed addition to West Boca Raton and we were impressed on how everything is made in house. We hear the sausages (also made in house) are worth a try and they are on the list for our next visit. You get a gastropub feel here and it’s a relaxing spot to grab some good craft beers and indulge in some unique comfort food like the Wagu Duck Fat Burger.
The Sybaryte Pig is located at 20642 State Road 7, No. 2 Boca Raton, FL 33498