St. Paul >Food & Dining > Muddy Pig
162 N Dale St, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.946265 -93.126261
Neighborhoods: Summit - University
Great beer selection, Sub par food – Pros: Great beers & selection, good service
Cons: Got sick from the reuben, which also had a huge chunk of fat/connective tissue
I was really excited to go try the muddy pig, but i thought their food was less than desirable, and my friend and i both got sick the next day. Service was decent, and they were more than happy to give us taster glasses of probably 10 different beers, but the only reason i would go back is for the beer.
Best beer bar in the cities- Hands down. – I have never had anything but superior service. Great to unwind during off hours. Highly recommend.
HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND BAD FOOD – Very dissapointed. This bar has horrible crab cakes and the bartender raved about them. Two of my dinning companions got food poisioning from them. Drinks are pricy and waitress' are extremly rude. Don't bother with this bar instead head to Grand Ave where they know how to treat customers
My new favorite spot – Just what I want in a bar!! Amazing food and great atmosphere. Don't forget about the unbelivable selection of beer. Comortable friendly service made me feel like this is my new home away from home.
Time after time, great food, wonderful beers, and good memories. – The first thing I noticed walking in to the bar were the taps, there are quite a few. The second thing I noticed was the elevated chalkboard crammed with beer names. I thought to myself, 'Self, the beer here will be good, but the food will suffer for it.' Boy I was wrong the food is great and reasonably priced, the best part being that the food menu is short, with changing specials.
After sitting at a table, there was the usual wait that restated this was a bar with food, not a restaurant. The service was very helpful with beer and dinner selection (the servers are still knowledgeable, but now there is a many paged menu with descriptions for the beer added in.)
I make it a point to get in the Muddy Pig a least once a month, and look forward to it each time. I love the relaxed pace, and casual setting. While I am not a beer expert, I am a certainly a craft brew enthusiast, and they have best beer list I have seen in any of the bars I have been in during my journeys home or abroad. Whether solo or with a large crowd stop in for an evening.
For beer snobs and mashed potato lovers – My favorite neighborhood pub for the last three years, I have the Pig to thank for introducing me to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which is always on tap, and Belhaven Scottish Ale. The service can be inconsistent, not the best if you're in a hurry, but the staff is knowledgable about the beer list and able to make good recommendations. The food is also some of my favorite - the salmon with pasta is amazing, and the pulled pork sandwich comes with delicious garlic mashed potatoes. There's also board games like Battleship, Scategories, and Jenga available for group play. I count myself incredibly lucky to live within walking distance of this place.
RUDEST BARTENDER I HAVE EVER HAD – My last (and final) experience at the Muddy Pig was HORRIBLE. I have been there before and always thought that the waitstaff all had some sort of attitude problem but figured they were just "too hip" to deliver good customer service but last night was unbelievable! My friend, boyfriend and I were there last night. My friend and I ordered ONE beer to share. The female waitress returned with one for each of us, when we proceeded to explain that we had asked for ONE TO SHARE she rolled her eyes and very agressively took the beer back, spilling it all over the floor even. From then on, I knew that this woman had a really BAD ATTITUDE. I already decided that I wasn't going to tip her. As one who has worked in customer service for 9 years and been a waitress for 4 of those years, I have a really high expectation for my food and beverage servers. I thought that this would be the end of it....BOY WAS I WRONG! My girlfriend is rather fidgity and throughout our VERY CALM conversation, she occupied her hands by tearing apart a paper coaster. When our horrible bartender saw this, she came over to (very rudely) say, "Don't do that, it makes a mess." She was looking for a fight as far as I could tell. My friend stopped for time and then habitually and subconsciously began again, when the waitress saw this she came for and just stared at my friend with a very malicous look on her face. My friend said, "I have every intention of cleaning this up." The bartender responded, "Or you can give me 4.50 and get the F*ck out!" We were very suprised by this for many reasons. One, even when you are angry you can not swear at your customers like that. Two, working with food and alcohol there are many worse messes than some paper scraps to clean up. Three, we were some of the quietest people in the bar. We tried to as her name and she wouldn't give it, instead insisted that we call her "the bitchy asian girl," something we felt uncomfortable with.
RUDEST STAFF IN TOWN – I've been patronizing this cozy neighborhood bar for years, enjoying the low key atmosphere and the novel-like beer list. Of course the food and drink was overpriced, but I could justify it as this was a "destination" bar, not just a watering hole. The staff has always seemed a little snooty, but on a recent visit a few members of their staff crossed the line into downright aggressive, rude, and beligerent. Sitting at the bar with my girlfriend and one of her friends, we ordered a few beers from a waitress who was clearly having a bad night. Her poor humor was evidently inflamed by my girlfriend's nervous tic of slowly tearing apart bar napkins (though she always cleans up her mess). The bar tender told us to pay our bill and "get the "f*ck out", then repeated this phrase over and over with a few colorful variations. Upon paying our bill, the waitress actually threw the change at my girlfriend! I am not making this up. As we left, one of her fellow waitstaff members ran up behind us, slammed the door and locked it, telling us that we were never to come back. That, I can assure you, will not be a problem. The attitude of the Muddy Pig's staff is that if they don't feel like being polite, or if they feel like being rude, they will do just that, because their bar is so great. I , for one, will never set foot in the place again, and willl tell this story to anyone who will listen.
Food isn't that great. – My boyfriend and I went to The Pig for the first time tonight. After reading reviews here, I was expecting GREAT bar food. I had the buffalo chicken sandwich and he had the pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Neither of us were wowed. THERE ARE NO FRENCH FRIES AT THIS BAR - there's no fryer at all. Beer, music, and fries are what makes a great bar to me. The Pig has two out of three nailed. This is a great bar if you're just looking to get a beer and chill, but I won't be heading there again anytime soon for a real meal. The service was okay. Nothing wrong, but nothing spectacular... just what you'd expect for a neighborhood bar.
Horrible Management - Guilty by association – A friend and I visited the Happy Gnome this past Friday, 4/13. We had both been there several times before. We ordered an appetizer (not good) and some drinks. We noticed some lovely ladies behind us in a booth and turned around to talk to them. My friend asked if he could sit with them and have a friendly conversation. They agreed. I stayed at the bar to finish my overpriced and bland appetizer. The bartendar walked over to me and said that I needed to get my friend. "He's not allowed to talk to those people". I asked my friend to come back to the bar and informed him of the bartendar's comments. He called over the bartendar (a Scott Stapp looking wannabe cool guy). The bartendar was unable to form complete sentences to explain why we were not allowed to talk to the girls and called over the manager. The manager (who also 'claimed' to be the owner) stated that if you do not know people in the bar, you are not allowed to talk to them. What kind of crazy nonsense is this? I didn't realize I was in a suppresionist bar. We challenged the owner and his obscene claim and he was unable to verbalize his reasons. I would definitely not recommend this bar to anyone. If you do go, be sure you do NOT talk to anyone other than the people you are with. The owners of this bar also own the Muddy Pig.
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