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Atlanta's Iberian Pig Gets Name, Menu Inspirations from World Famous Spanish Boar

A boar's head is mounted above the pass-through leading to the open kitchen.Photo byDeanLand /

Looking for a different and lighter dining experience after a matinee at the Fox Theatre, we headed over to The Iberian Pig, where we immediately were captivated by its inviting ambiance.

We chose The Iberian Pig for a delightful tapas tour of Spain after a Fox Theatre matineePhoto byDeanLand/Our

The restaurant takes its name --- and most of the pork items on the menu -- from the world-famous, free-range Iberian pig breed that originated in Spain. Having visited Spain, we were transported in our minds back to the Iberian Peninsula, prepared for a culinary tour on the back of this pig.

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The tapas-style menu is great for sampling a wide variety of dishes. But first we ordered some sangria to set the mood. Then, the knowledgeable and helpful wait staff guided us through recommendations.

Our culinary journey through Spain began with charcuterie and cheese. Our favorites were the Manchego DOP cheese, a sheep’s milk product of La Mancha, Spain, the Valdeon cheese, a blended cow and sheep’s milk blue cheese from Leon, Spain, and the chorizo Iberico de Bellota, a slightly-spicy ham.

The culinary journey through Spain began with a charcuterie tray, as cured meats and aged cheese acted as the guide.Photo byDeanLand /

Our next selection came from the daily specials. The asparaggos con jamon arrived tender asparagus spears wrapped in a slightly crispy ham, then drizzled lightly with a tarragon cava vinaigrette.

We followed that with two choices from the restaurant’s core menu.

First at the table was the BWD, a plate of five medjool dates stuffed with Manchego cheese, then wrapped in browned applewood bacon strips. It’s all served over a romesco sauce. The sweet dates paired well with the creamy cheese and crisp bacon.

Next up was the Gambas al Ajillio, five sauteed Argentinian shrimp served in a sherry garlic butter sauce. Each shrimp was tender and sweet, and dripping with that luscious buttery sauce.

Beautiful and delicious, this plate of five medjool dates stuffed with Manchego cheese were flavor bombs wrapped in browned applewood baconPhoto byDeanLand /

By this time, we were filled from the delicious tapas, even though we had planned on more. I mean, how could one visit a Spanish restaurant WITHOUT having paella. But skip it, we did, along with the dessert churros about which we had heard equally fabulous recommendations.

So, lesson learned. Next time, we really WILL start with the dessert churros, then go for a course of paella.

And you can get more on our experience at Iberian Pig at our website,

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Welcome to I'm DeanLand, a trained journalist and retired global marketing executive. Living in Northwest Georgia, I write about about avocations including outdoors, travel, exploration, history, food and community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries. My French Cajun upbringing in Louisiana plus my extended restaurant-related career affirm my status as an over-qualified eater. At my blog,, I offer a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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