I don't know what it is about the Castro...one would think that it would house top-notch eateries, being a world-wide destination. The Dancing Pig joins the list of Castro disappointments.
What got me and my friends through the door was the promise of "Crab Puppies" on the door menu. These are supposed to be dungeness crab fried in cornmeal and flour with jalapeno and garlic served with a spicy remoulade. They arrived dark brown - near carcinogenic. Note to chef - Hush puppies should be served golden brown, and please, don't put something on the menu if you can't taste the ingredient. We could see a tiny few strings of crab meat, but there was no crab to be tasted. They were basically overcooked, spicy hush puppies.
I got the Sliders Menage a Trois. The pulled pork was bland, yet tender. The smoked chicken tasted barely smoked, and the beef brisket had more fat and carmelized onion than the beef itself. It left quite the mess on the plate.
My friends said their sandwiches were "OK." And, I understand portion control, but a tiny teaspoon of ketchup in a big ramekin for a big plate of fries? Really? How many trips does the waiter have to make with these tiny servings of ketchup?
Service was good, so at least I can put a positive spin on things.
And, oh yeah, on our way out, it was not a great thing to see one of the cooks rub the back of his hand on his nose and go back to cooking with out washing or sanitizing his hands. Really?
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