Follow the scent of sweet porky smoke to the transformed digs of Matthew and Bryan Bousquet. The former owners haute French eatery Mirepoix traded in their Michelin star for a counter-service barbecue joint that had a line out the door opening week. The couple both have roots in the south and know their way around a brisket, sweet tea, hush puppies (or hush piggies as they call them) and molasses pit beans and bacon. For dessert, check out the brown sugar pound cake or chocolate pig on a stick. There are still plenty of Wine Country twists (like a burger with duck liver, and a sweet Sonoma Zinfandel barbecue sauce), but Mamma Pig’s is strictly a beer, bacon, and burger kind of spot where all the kin are welcome.
Best bets: Thinly-sliced brsket is a must-have ($8.75 for a sandwich with slaw and Hush Piggies). Fried bits of corny goodness, Mamma’s got the lock on their version of the hush puppy, called the Hush Piggie. Order a side for yourself ($5.00), because what you don’t eat reheats just fine in the oven later. Pig on a Stick (pork belly) is for serious porcine admirers, but worth sharing (%.75). There’s a pie of the day made fresh each day, along with special kid-sized meals.
Outdoor picnic tables are a premium, though there are a handful of tables inside. Beer from Moonlight Brewing Co. on tap.
Mamma Pig, 275 Windsor River Road, Windsor, 838-7447.