I haven’t done a restaurant review in a while and I’m hesitant to do this one because The Oink Cafe is close to where we live and a review will just mean that more people will go there. I’m kinda liking the place and not sure I want to share it with everyone in Phoenix. But…I think you’ll like it and my mom taught me not to be selfish, so…here we go.
When driving down Cactus Road a few months ago, I noticed that one of the retail spaces near Paradise Valley Mall had a new sign outside. This spot seems like a wonderful location, but has been somewhat of a revolving door in the past years, not retaining businesses for any length of time. Hopefully, this will be the exception to that rule.
Anyway, you may remember that a few months ago I won a year’s supply of bacon so that treat has been forefront in my mind lately. While driving by this new restaurant, the tag line made me do a double take. It reads “Breakfast. Lunch. Bacon.” What! A restaurant that features BACON!!! Wow! I’ve got to take my husband there!
This weekend we had the perfect opportunity to try it out. We had family visiting from out-of-town and when we described it to them they were excited about the adventure. So, our party of 5 headed there around 9:30 on a Saturday morning. Phoenix restaurants can get pretty busy on weekends for breakfast, so we weren’t sure what we’d find. We checked in at the hostess station, then moments later 2 more family members arrived, which increased our request to a party of 7.
While we were waiting we noticed all these amazing looking baked goods. We didn’t get a chance to try any, but will definitely need to do that next time. Take a look at all the bacon options.
The staff handled our larger party graciously. And fortunately while it was already pretty busy, there were a few tables that cleared just minutes after we arrived and we were seated promptly.
We perused the menu and ordered a nice variety from our friendly food server. Here are a few photos to enjoy.
One item of note: At the time of this writing, they have 5 different flavors of bacon (applewood smoked, honey cured, sugar cured, peppered, & jalapeno). I enjoyed the applewood smoked bacon with breakfast and someone else at the table got an order of the jalepeno and gave me a taste. It was delicious, especially for those who like that extra little kick of heat in their meal.
We mentioned to the server that they should have a flight of bacon that people could order to try a piece of each different kind. She said that they have it, but upon checking the menu we couldn’t find it. Hopefully they’ll add it to the menu or maybe to the list of “specials” so folks can check out all the different flavors. Plus even though their logo is a pig, maybe they should consider adding turkey bacon for those who want to try to be a tad bit healthier.
Overall, everything was very tasty! From the time we ordered till the time we got our food was a bit long, but since we were busy visiting it wasn’t too bad. We’ll chalk that up to being relatively new to the breakfast scene and hope the timing improves. It’s definitely a place that we’ll visit again…maybe for lunch next time.
Hey maybe they should offer an ultimate BLT with all the flavors of bacon! I’d order it. How about you?
What do you think ? Does it sound promising? Do you think you’ll try “The Oink Cafe” if you have the chance?