Friday, March 21, 2014

#91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The "Hog Mess" pizza at Blind Tiger" | Mabel Suen
  • The "Hog Mess" pizza at Blind Tiger" | Mabel Suen

After shooting photos at the Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822) for Gut Check, my colleague returned to the office, eyes filled with the raptures. "Oh my goodness. You have to have the 'Hog Mess,'" she said.

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No amount of accolades could have prepared me for the porkapalooza I was about to enjoy. Chef Jaxon Noon begins with a crispy, hand-tossed crust and coats it in a sweet and spicy rib braise that has been infused with pork drippings from Blind Tiger's ribs. He tops the pizza with a mélange of pepperoni sausage, salami and bacon, then sprinkles it with jalapenos and smoked garlic to turn up the heat. It's a monster of a pie, and it might be a bit much, but Noon balances the fat and spice with chunks of juicy pineapple. It's downright shameful and a complete delight.

Previously: #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken #97: Pork Belly at Element #98: M'Lwee at Baida #99: Breadbasket at Juniper #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria

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