2019 is the Year of the Pig on the Chinese calendar. According to the ancient definition and stories of the Pig, it symbolizes wealth. The pig's chubby face and big ears represents a life of fortune.
Pigs are known as genuinely happy creatures. They allow themselves to enjoy life and live by the motto "Treat Yoself!" They say you are what you eat, so you might as well go ahead and indulge on some wealth and good fortune.
Twisted Pig Bar and Grill
2717 Coffee Road, Modesto, CA
Hours: M-TH 11 am - 12 am
F 11 am - 2 am
SAT 10 am - 2 am
SUN 11 am - 10 pm
It's pretty messed up to think about eating pig during the Year of the Pig. That's probably not what pigs thought was gonna happen when they found out they were going to have an entire year dedicated to them. But then again, it's not our fault that they taste so good.
Twisted Pig Bar and Grill is a local American restaurant with a not so traditional approach. This gem hiding in plain sight is more than just a restaurant. They have a full bar, a game room, and plenty of seating inside and outdoors. Their hand written sign on this particular February day says "99% of my socks are single and you don't see them crying about it."
Around the entire restaurant, you can see some very unique art and decorations. Black and white photos of pigs hang in the restrooms, while photos of the prohibition era are set on the walls in the dining area. Above the bar sits a glass pig getting wasted on some Jameson Irish Whiskey. You know that pig is always ready for a good time.
Happy Hour had the entire bar full, and everyone was enjoying some good drinks to go along with a good time. But if you're not there for the drinks, don't worry because the food will definitely have you feeling drunk in love with your plate. This experience is somewhat like a first date, and if you play your cards right you might be lucky enough to get that first kiss.
The pig would never skip out on appetizers, so why would you? Do yourself a favor and have food before your meal, it's the way of the pig. There are a handful of options that you can't go wrong with.
The Twisted Mac is mac and cheese made with a creamy housemate cheese sauce, bacon, butter, and toasted bread crumbs. This is like the part of the date when you're trying to get to know the other person. With not too much bacon on top, you can get a glimpse into your future.
Can I see myself with this person for another date? Is their personality too cheesey? Can I get just a cup of bacon? Ok, maybe that last question doesn't relate to relationships. But yes, you can order just a cup of bacon.
The Awesome Tots are tots topped with beer cheese sauce, pico, sour cream, and your choice of meat (definitely recommend the pulled pork). Every first date has to have an awkward moment. Whether its from you talking about your ex or your obsession with collecting Pop! toys, this moment is unavoidable. These tots are a necessity to move forward, without them you are incomplete.
So you've got to know your date and you're passed the awkward moment, now its time to see where this night is really going. If you want to take things slow and keep the date pretty traditional, then this date is more like the Pork Ribs. The Pork Ribs are a half rack smothered in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce served with slaw and mashed potatoes.
As you're finding the things you do and don't like about this person, you're consciously deciding if theres even going to be a second date. If they're anything like these ribs, they are sweet and caring and deserve a second date. Or in this case, a full rack of ribs if you're really hungry for more. Things may get a little bit messy, but it'll definitely be worth it.
Now if you're really this person, and you're ready to go head over heels after the first date, then it is more like the 3 Little Pigs. This sandwich is the whole package. That person you've been looking for that checks all the boxes and is the type of person you'd take home to mama.
The 3 Little Pigs is so big that it doesn't even come with sides, because the sides are on the sandwich. It is a hot link topped with pulled pork, bacon, coleslaw, fries, and a barbecue drizzle served on a roll. This is what you've been waiting for, everything you've ever wanted on one plate. But be careful, because sometimes getting everything you've ever wanted can get a little too spicy and you may over indulge on too much goodness.
By this point, you've drove them home and you're sitting in your car telling the other person how much of a good time you've had. You tell them "Hey, lets do this again" knowing damn well that things went so bad that you hope you never accidentally see them in public. That would be your chain restaurant barbecue spot.
But its all about eating local, and finding the gem hiding in plain sight. Twisted Pig Bar and Grill is deserving of infinite date nights. So be more like a pig and Treat Yoself!