The Hopping Pig: Crispy Pork Belly

This is not the first time we featured Crispy Pork Belly on The Dish and definitely not the last. Any pork aficionado would know that the pork belly is the most succulent part of a pig. It’s the kitchen preparations keeping certain parts of the belly both juicy and crispy. This Crispy Pork Belly served with braised white beans and candied lemon on top is from The Hopping Pig, a gastropub in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. This gastropub is not called The Hopping Pig for no reason, it’s presently serving seven pork-related items on the menu, including a dessert item – the Chocolate Bacon Crunch Bar.

Pro tip

  • Since the gastropub is in a tourist heavy area, it can be amusing to people watch on the patio.
  • The Hopping Pig has 24 beers on tap, mostly craft and regularly rotating, ranging from local breweries like San Diego’s own Ballast Point to Delaware’s Dogfish Head.
  • San Diego’s Gaslamp District has a handful of quality bars all within walking distance. To name a few: Neighborhood, Quality Social, Analog Bar, and The Lincoln Room.