Let’s dispense with the atmosphere first: There really isn’t any. The self-proclaimed “pub and diner” is next to a mini-mall, with bare tables and just a few photos and chalkboards on the wall. At first glance, the dinner and lunch menus are also not that impressive, emphasizing burgers, sandwiches, and fries. But look more closely, and you’ll find an attention to Kauai ingredients—especially beef and pork—and a flair for German-inspired dishes, such as house-smoked pork loin with blue-cheese mashed potatoes and a vinegary coleslaw or the occasional special of schnitzel with spaetzle (handmade egg noodles.) The seafood and many of the vegetables are local, too, but as the name suggests, pig is preeminent. Meat lovers should try the off-the-menu Feral burger, a potent mix of ground Kauai beef and house-smoked pork shoulder, topped with pork belly, caramelized onions, and aioli. The former bar manager of Town in Honolulu, co-owner Dave Power has crafted a first-rate cocktail menu with a goodly number of specialty beers on tap. Service can be uneven; weekends can get loud (and crowded) with live music.
The Feral Pig
3501 Rice St., Lihue, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood The Coconut Coast Hours Daily 7:30am–9pm Phone 808/246-1100 Prices Main courses $9–$13 lunch, $9–$20 dinner Cuisine Type Gastropub Web site The Feral Pig Other Reservations recommended Fri–Sat nights