Clockwise from the upper left, ham balls, chicken, turkey, and brisket from Pig Out’s dine-in restaurant at 510 Meadow Street in Mediapolis, Iowa
You’ve seen their food truck at events all over the place – ranging from Steamboat Days to Midwest Old Threshers. What’s their brand new, sit-down restaurant and food there like?
Clearly marked at the entrance to their Mediapolis, Iowa restaurant, is a cute and quite funny ‘Pig in’ sign. If by chance you don’t happen to feel like a pig just yet, that’s o.k. The food… is yet to come…
You walk into a gentle rustic ambience with all the charm of ‘the good ol’ days’. Your nose is greeted with the aroma of Grandma’s cooking. You can smell the turkey, you can smell the brisket, and the smell of the pork will make your mouth water so much that you’ll think you’re already enjoying a bite. That’s not an exaggeration. The pork cooks for about 16 hours. So, that means owners Dave and Christa Beck are literally always cooking. I spent a while talking with and asking Christa about their marvelous pork recipe!
You can get many different terrific meats and sides at Pig Out. Their turkey, brisket, chicken, ham balls, and, of course, pork, are all incomparable. It’s easy to notice right away that they have a very high standard for their food – they don’t cut corners. You’ll notice that none of Pig Out’s meats are slathered in oil and grease – yet their meats are moist with incredible flavor. Plus, you get to decide if you want to keep all that flavor by itself, as I do, or if you’d like to include any of 3 distinctly unique barbeque sauces from their sauce bar. I do love lots of sauce on tacos – so with that entrée, I do go for the sauce. For that, they don’t make you use barbeque sauce or salsa on your tacos! They have actual taco sauce – and it’s a good one.
It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite from here. Tacos in general are one of my favorite foods – such that it would be unlikely for me to pick a favorite over tacos. Pig Out’s pork tacos are the best… but so is that tender, rotisserie turkey breast with perfect, golden-brown edges – and so are those ham balls. If you even remotely like ham – at least try a ham ball. My immediate reaction to trying one was to laugh – because the look absolutely did not match the taste. Don’t judge a ham ball for not being as photogenic as everything else on the menu. You would be doing so at your own peril. haha
What else do they have in there?
You can get a variety of grilled-cheese sandwiches that are much better than anything you’re thinking. There’s even a hint of apple/maple/cinnamony goodness locked into those – wow! You can get one of Dave’s famous burritos. They have brisket nachos. If you can’t decide what you want to try first, they can do a meat sampler for you so you can try everything. You can ala carte things or buy as a meal, and they’re reasonable with you. They have home-style sides like potatoes, corn, green beans, and pasta salads.
When you get a sweet tooth after you’ve finished pigging out on a delectable feast?..
You don’t have to go some place else for dessert! Pig Out offers various desserts that can be seasonal, whatever Christa feels like making… or… get ready for this… by request. I’m going to highly recommend the pumpkin bars.
Pig Out is a very nice restaurant (and food truck) with very nice people and a great product. They help their community when a need arises. They also offer 5-dollar meals with meat and two sides for the fridge or freezer for later. – I ate like a total pig here – well worth the drive from Burlington. I told Christa that I didn’t think I had eaten so much in a single meal since last Thanksgiving. The building and atmosphere are relaxing. While you’re there, you feel like you can ‘get away’ from life for a bit. Even the restroom matches the rustic decor and theme. They’ve had folks wanting to buy their tables and decor – and they’ve been able to help them out! They want you to have a really enjoyable experience. They’ll ask you if you enjoyed your food, and they’ll thank you for visiting them. They even have ‘thank you’ signs. Thank you, Christa and Dave.
Pig Out also does lots of catering. Just ask. For Pig Out’s hours, phone number, location, and more information, click here.