Jesse Orleans (left) and chef Misha Nesterenko take the meat out of the roasting box and Nesterenko gets it ready to serve at Marben’s wildly popular monthly pig roast.
MARBEN 488 Wellington West, at Portland, 416-979-1990, marbenrestaurant.com.
Monthly Pig Roast ($25)
Downtown's best-kept-secret: on the last Sunday of every month for the past year, chef Carl Heinrich and crew have been gathering on their front deck to celebrate all things swine.
After brining an entire Berkshire hog from Dingo Farms for seven days, the gang rub it with Marben's house barbecue sauce before slow-cooking it on the patio in a La Caja China roasting box from dawn until the outrageously tender flesh falls from the bone. The price of admission also gets you a choice of two suitable sides - fries, coleslaw, braised kale, baked beans and the like.
Needless to say, every previous pork-tacular has been a sellout, so tickets for Sunday November 27th's pig roast are sure to go quick.
Don't say we didn't warn you.
Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 11 pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday till 3 pm. Bar nightly till close. Closed Monday, holidays. Licensed. Access: seven steps at door, washrooms on same floor.