The Barking Pig is a casual neighborhood bar and grill that leans more heavily on the bar end of the enterprise. Expect counter service, but feel free to grab a seat on the patio and have a runner bring your meal. With both the drinks and the food, it’s a good bet to keep things simple. The straightforward backyard cookout-style burgers are pleasant enough, as are the thin-crust pizzas. Stay away from anything that strays from the expectable model, like the truly disappointing ceviche. Don’t expect to be dazzled, but do expect to have a good time.
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On a balmy June night just starting to turn pleasant, a hair before dusk, the patio at The Barking Pig is dotted with couples and families. At one table, a pair of tweens ignore each other over iPhones. A toddler, perched in a strol...