Sloppi Jo’s won the night with a pork on pork on pork plate that featured a slice of belly on a steamed Chinese bun and some pulled New Mexican red, but big winners were everyone who attended last week’s PIG OUT in the parking lot of Metro Pizza on East Tropicana.
Equally arresting were Top Notch Barbecue’s top notch ribs, Tasty Bunz’s tasty crispy taco, and Lulu’s on the Move’s porchetta, along with pulled pork nachos and a root beer float garnished with chocolate-covered bacon.
The voting was close, but in the end, Slapsie Maxie, Mad Man Mancini and The World’s Greatest Restaurant Critic* gave the nod to Jo ‘cuz we couldn’t get the taste of her tasty pork out of our heads…and because she seemed to be taking the most risks with her entry (although kudos to Lulu’s for that out-of-this-world root beer float).
And BTW: Max and moi agreed that Top Notch’s ribs are the best we’ve had in our humble burg, and the Lulu’s muffaletta was the one sandwich we wish had been entered in the contest.
Merci to Brock Radke for letting us judge this tasty event, and to John and Sam Arena at Metro Pizza for hosting it…and we can’t wait ’til next year.
* Self-proclaimed, but also heartily endorsed as such last Thursday night by Sloppi Jo’s too live crew.