Located in Coronado’s Ferry Landing, Lil’ Piggy’s brings all the flavor of a Memphis Style barbecue straight to San Diego. Inspired by a family tour through the most notable BBQ joints in Memphis, the Carolinas, Kansas City and more—Lil’ Piggy’s is a locally-owned concept, offering authentic specialties, blues music, red-checkered tablecloths and spectacular park and bay views.
The menu features fall-off-the-bone servings, combo plates and juicy “sam-iches”—as well as a tasty selection of la carte options, sides, and a “Lil’ Piglet’s” menu for kids. The sit-down, casual restaurant uses pure hickory wood to flavor and cook the meats, which are offered either “dry” with sauce served on the side or “wet” with sauce applied directly on the meat. In addition to BBQ pork, chicken, brisket and sausage, a variety of sides are also available including corn fritters, fried pickles, “Memphis nachos” and beans that are made fresh daily with a heaping serving of pulled pork inside.
Adhering to the philosophy that “BBQ is a technique not a sauce – the sauce has to complement the technique” – a great deal of attention is paid to each offering, through a low and slow smoking style. As part of the thorough process, the restaurant’s signature pulled pork is made from whole bone-in shoulders and smoked for 12 hours. Lil’ Piggy’s also offers an extensive beer selection with more than 100 different bottles to choose from. Take-out, delivery and catering are also available. Lil’ Piggy’s is located at Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street.
More information can be found at BlueBridgeHospitality.com or by calling 619-522-0217.
About Blue Bridge Hospitality:
Blue Bridge Hospitality is a diverse group of exceptional restaurants based in and born out of a love for the city of Coronado. With a portfolio of five distinct concepts, all successful in their own unique right, and another coming soon, Blue Bridge Hospitality has experienced immense growth since its beginnings in 1998. The collective’s first restaurant, MooTime Creamery, was a joint venture between cousins & Coronado residents David Spatafore and Leroy Mossel, who built MooTime from the ground up with plenty of help from their tight-knit Coronado-based family. As Blue Bridge has flourished, expanded, and entered into new partnerships in the fifteen years since its inception, that same focus on local ownership and family values has remained a core component of the company’s principles.
Home-grown success story David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality, was born and raised in Coronado and attended business school at Sonoma State University. After graduation, he moved to the Midwest to work for a large Wisconsin-based cheese business. Spatafore traveled around the world during his time with the company, and eventually made his way back to Coronado. Throughout his travels, he was exposed to a variety of unique retail and restaurant concepts, which inspired him to channel his innate entrepreneurial spirit into opening a 1950’s style family ice cream parlor in 1998, MooTime Creamery.
The restaurant quickly hit a sweet spot within the community and has since grown from its original Orange Avenue parlor to include a sister location at the historic Hotel Del Coronado and local distribution to places such as the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, The Prado, and more.
A few years later, Blue Bridge Hospitality went on to launch the New York-style Village Pizzeria on Orange Avenue in 2002 and a second location Bayside in 2007. The group’s pork-centric, Memphis-style Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q debuted at the Ferry Landing in 2008 – a special project inspired by many miles traveled throughout the Southern states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and, of course, Tennessee.
In 2011 Blue Bridge went on to launch Coronado Coffee Company, and just a few months later opened the doors of Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, named after MooTime Creamery co-founder Leroy Mossel. Leroy, who is an avid traveler of Dutch and Indonesian decent, was born and raised in Europe and South America before his family moved to Coronado during his High School years. Spatafore found his cousin’s eclectic background to be the perfect inspiration for this restaurant’s design and menu, which served as an exciting opportunity to expand the Blue Bridge portfolio beyond its collection of more casual, family-friendly concepts. Today, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge raises the bar on Coronado’s chef-driven dining scene by delivering a true locavore experience – focusing on sustainable, ingredient-driven cuisine by Executive Chef JC Colón.
Blue Bridge Hospitality’s next endeavor, Stake Chophouse + Bar (a contemporary steakhouse and lounge opening doors in Spring 2014), will take the collective to a new level, venturing into a more upscale dining arena. Believe it or not, the restaurant will be the only existing tried-and-true steakhouse on the island of Coronado—a welcome addition to the Crown City’s dining scene.