St. Paul >Food & Dining > Muddy Pig
162 N Dale St, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.946265 -93.126261
Neighborhoods: Summit - University
Never again! – In the event of a zombie apocalypse where The Muddy Pig was the last safe refuge for humans, I would gladly throw myself to the flesh hungry undead to be ripped apart, limb from limb, and devoured. That would be infinitely preferable to stepping foot inside this dive bar again.
Come to think of it, The Muddy Pig is a very likely last refuge for humans in this scenario. The rude staff, horrible service, and disgusting food would be a much better defense against zombies than shotguns, chainsaws, and crowbars.
Owners:Please fire your bartenders - they have some 'issues' – I’m a quiet guy who enjoys a tasty beer and a good conversation. For that reason, I had enjoyed the setting of the Muddy Pig, dimly lit, relaxing atmosphere, and with a great beer listing. I am a local and for that reason my girlfriend and I had been going to the Muddy Pig for some time. The bartenders and waiting staff always seemed unhappy and a bit unpleasant, but I figured if I stayed out of their way and tipped well they would lighten up be respectful.
I have to say I was quite wrong about this place, and after defending the place to friends I got burned. On Christmas night our family gift exchange, I joined some friends for a couple of drinks. While there I noticed that a nearby vacant table hadn’t been cleared for over 20 minutes. In jovial spirits I tried to hand my girlfriend a slice of left over pizza as a joke from the table when all hell broke loose. A skinny guy with a mustache immediately started screaming at me in front of the whole bar. Then an asian girl came around the corner and started screaming at me too. I dropped the slice immediately, and stood there eyes gaping at these two people. I mean these people were actually screaming, not inside-voices, not a firm talking to, actually screaming. I didn’t know what to say or do. I’d been in this bar maybe 30 times and now these people were screaming at me like I was a criminal. Did I mention it was Christmas??
I didn’t say anything and went back to my chair and sat in silence for about 20 minutes trying to figure out what had just happened. After a while I finally shook it off, and before paying the bill asked the bartender for a couple of waters. Instead of getting us waters, Mr. Mustache denied us service and called over the bouncer to escort me out of the bar. The bouncer then apologized to me for the bartender and said for my sake it would be best if my friends and I left.
Who are these people? How do they still have jobs? Who treats people this way? How can they work in the service industry when they have the sense of humor of Joseph Stalin?? The ownership of this bar needs to wake up and fire their bartending staff before a couple of A-holes ruin the reputation of an otherwise good establishment.
Bad Food, Good Beer – I just tried the Muddy Pig for the first (and last) time. I ordered the Pastalaya. It is penne pasta with various meats. It looked OK, but it lacked taste. I only ate a couple bytes and could not bring myself to eat more. My wife offered me some of her hamburger, but that was badly burnt and tasted like charcoal. If you go, I wouldn't plan on ordering food.
come for the emotionally abusive waiter – I want to start this review by stating that I generally have pretty low standards when it comes to service. My main concern is whether or not the food and drinks are good--having a particularly awesome waitperson is great, but I will still gladly tip an indifferent or slightly inept waiter 20%.
So the fact that I want to comment on the service we had last night must mean it was pretty bad. I arrived at the bar around 9:30 with my husband and a couple friends. The place was packed, but we finally found a table in the back room. We needed two chairs, so one of our friends went and tracked a couple down. He didn't steal them from anyone--they were vacant. Then our two friends went off to the bathroom, and that's when our waiter stopped by the first time. He didn't say anything to me or my husband--he just grabbed one of the chairs and started walking away. My husband protested nicely, letting him know that our friends were coming back, so we'd need that chair. The waiter glared at him and snapped, "This chair is spoken for," and flounced off with it.
When he came back a few minutes later, my husband brought up the chair incident, saying that it was kind of weird that the waiter had taken it when we'd planned to, you know, "use" it. He got defensive, saying over and over that the chair was "spoken for" while backing away from us, glaring all the while, in an agressive, almost scary way.
Our friends came back, and we debated what to do. Before we came to a conclusion, our waiter came back, this time bringing a new chair. "Here's a chair for you guys. Thanks SO MUCH for your patience," he said, passive-aggressively. He didn't make any reference to his previous tantrum. Even if he'd just said something half-assed like, "Sorry about the deal with the chair," it would have been fine. But he just started acting like everything was fine, TOTALLY FINE, and being all fake-nice--you know, like how your ex-girlfiend acted when she found out you'd been cheating on her but she wanted to maintain some measure of power.
Actually, in a way it's kind of great when stuff like this happens, because you get to spend the whole time you're at the bar complaining and fantasizing about how you could get back at your idiot waiter.
Also, the scotch "flight" should have been described as "drippings."
Great Cubano Sandwich – We stopped in the Muddy Pig on Saturday afternoon, had a cold beer and shared the cuban sandwich. Service was good and the sandwich was excellent.
WORST BAR EVER! – WORST BAR/RESTERAUNT EVER!!!
If you don't want to end up in the ER with food poisioning DON'T GO to Muddy Pig. Also there is a chineese waitress that was the most rude person I have ever met!!! She should be fired on the spot for treating customers the way she does.
Service is Excellent – I completely disagree with the previous statement regarding the service at the Muddy Pig. You should go to Applebees if you expect a waiter or bartender that will get down on one knee, ask you patronizingly about your son's little league team all while telling you how amazing the jalape?o poppers are. The Pig is the type of place that compels you linger around for a few hours and be comfortable, whether by yourself or with a group of friends. That said, I find the service at the Pig to strike the right balance, not too pushy nor too sparse. As for Daniel, he's a misanthrope and probably a Communist sympathizer but he does pour the best rye Manhattan in St. Paul, which in these times as they are, the value of which cannot be understated.........
neighborhood bar/food – this is a great neighborhod bar! i love it, the food is incredible and so is the beer. thats what i really love about the twin cities is the micro brews
Best beer selection, WORST service – The Muddy Pig is a good local pub with the widest and varied beer selection I have found. Appetizers and food is very good. Biggest problem is the service. You'll need to track down a server or be ignored at the bar for every refill. Even sitting at the bar your glass will remain empty for 15 minutes. The bartender Daniel is absolutely rude and the owners would double their sales just by getting rid of this idiot. Good place to stop for one or two because of the selection.
A happenin' neighborhood bar, with great microbrews and better-than-bar-food grub. – In Short
The warm decor, a soundtrack that ranges from Liz Phair to jazz and a varied and fun microbrew menu seem to attract an unusual number of young female patrons. There are plenty of admiring guys here, too. Aside from its assortment of serious brews, the Pig is also known for its creative entrees: sea scallops and vegetable risotto, three-garlic pasta and pork tenderloin. Those wanting to go strictly local will enjoy the selections of the Summit and Surlys on tap, while those looking to cross travel the world in their beer-drinking adventure can imbibe on the Muddy Pig's selection of Belgium and Scottish ales.
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