Neon Pig Cafe and Grocery, Tupelo

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Here's Chloe at the Rotary
fundraiser the other night

Here we are in the box...front row
is Drew McGraw, Crime, Carter McGraw,
 and Mary Meadows
Back row LJ McGraw, Chloe, me
Jackie and Bing

Here's a view of Legion Field
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Happy New Year!  I don't know about you, but I'm glad 2013 is in the past and I'm looking forward to 2014.  We're just back from Birmingham where we saw Vanderbilt crush the Houston Cougars at the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field. (I know, that's a cooky name for a bowl, it's right up there with the old Poulan Weedeater Bowl). I'm not one to compare college or NFL stadiums but Legion Field was a great stadium.   (Thank you Kathy for reading the blog.  Yes I know it's the Seminoles not the sweet gators playing Monday!)  Makes me crack up :). Hahahahahaha!

I'm thankful for Yelp on my phone that sent us to the Neon Pig in Tupelo Friday for lunch.  This cafe reminds me a lot of the Trolley Stop in Memphis.  It's a short jaunt off US 78 and is worth every bite.  From their website they are: neon pig is an old-school butcher shop, a food bar, and has one of the best craft beer selections in mississippi. this is not a chain restaurant!  we strive to bring old-fashioned goodness back into the food industry by specializing in house-cured meats. we are homemade & handmade, and we love our local farms! save tupelo, buy local!

I ordered the special, of course, which was the Salmon Tacos.  The food is served on a thick, brown paper towel.  The three tacos were served open faced with pickled red onions, pico and two homemade sauces, one tangy, one sweet, like hoisin.  They were divine.  Chloe opted for the kids grilled cheese and she wasn't impressed but ate about half of it.  All plates come with a bag of chips and they only had spicy jalapeno chips or bbq so that didn't impress CoCo.  Jackie ordered their Smash Burger and said it was the best hamburger he'd ever had.  And this was at 11:20 am on a Friday in Tupelo, Mississippi.  So I guess there's something to it.  The Smash Burger is aged sirloin, like a steak burger.  The pickled onion, homemade kaiser roll and sweet, tangy sauce was excellent.  He ate every crumb.

If you're ever in the Northern part of Mississippi, make the 3 minute trip off US 78 and enjoy the Neon Pig.  They also have a butcher shop featuring local beef, local honey and greens.  You'll love its casual flair.

The Neon Pig Cafe and Grocery, Tupelo, Mississippi, 1203 N. Gloser St., 662-269-2533 http://neonpig.net/

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