Critic's Notebook

Gettin’ Piggy With It

Seattle restaurateurs love naming their establishments after animals—but one beast tops them all.

By Kathryn Robinson December 5, 2011

Owner Kurt Beecher Dammeier poses with the Maximus Minimus pig.

The Seattle area has restaurants whose names honor creatures many and various: there’s an insect (Golden Beetle), a horse (Brave Horse Tavern), a couple of birds (Lark, Crow), a handful of sea creatures (Chinook’s, Steelhead Diner, Flying Fish, Seastar, Kingfish Café) an eel (Bisato), a moose (Señor Moose Cafe) and at least two joints that appear to reference the devastating social problem that is caprine inebriation (Fainting Goat Gelato, Stumbling Goat Bistro).

There’s even the generic: La Bete.

But the recent launch of Blind Pig Bistro in Eastlake reminds us that the far-and-away top, er—dog among restaurant animals is the one made out of bacon. Consider: Pig Iron BBQ, Three Pigs, the Honey Pig, Inner Sanctum of the Temple of Porcine Love at the Swinery, and the late, great Pig ‘n’ Whistle. El Puerco Lloron honors pigs in Spanish; Lecosho in Chinook. (Place Pigalle has a lot more to do with prostitutes than pigs, but that’s academic.)

We even have a mobile restaurant shaped like a pig: the Beecher’s Cheese people’s Maximus/Minumus.

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