Pig Iron features ‘bright flavors and earthy spices’

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

Pig Iron Templeton

Vaquero-inspired comfort food and shareable entrees

On February 8, Pig Iron in Templeton kicked off 2024 with the highly anticipated release of all-new food and drink menus. Meat-eaters, vegetarians, and adventurous palates alike will discover a wide variety of crave-able dishes that honor California’s culinary roots.

General Manager Josh Ashby, alongside Shaun Behrens, are an accomplished leadership team formerly of Luna Red in downtown San Luis Obispo, who have collaborated to streamline the menu and bring a renewed take on seasonal offerings and quality service. In 2010, Behrens helped conceive and establish Luna Red, where he remained for more than a decade. Behrens also owns Bear City Social in Los Osos, a popular “farm-to-street” custom food trailer, while Ashby’s café and general store, Mint + Craft, was a Monterey Street staple in Downtown SLO. The seasoned pair, with over 50 years of combined restaurant experience, have approached Pig Iron with confidence and enthusiasm.

“I’m excited to team up with Shaun again nearly a decade after we first worked together,” notes Ashby. “We’re excited to freshen our menu, improve our service, and wow first-timers who visit Pig Iron.”

The upcoming menu features bright flavors and earthy spices in hearty torta sandwiches, rich molé sauces, and elote-style cauliflower. Dishes like chicken tinga, tostadas, cowboy tacos, and chili con queso round out the introduction of bountiful Latin flavors. Current house specialties remain, such as the Pig Iron burger, smoked pork ribs, mac and cheese, and buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, among others. Beginning this year, many shareable menu items will make it fun and easy for friends to dine family-style.

Pig Iron’s award-winning Bar Director Jose Sanchez continues to feature the most-loved house libations while releasing a fresh lineup of flavors in an all-new cocktail menu. Adjacent to Pig Iron is Club Car Bar, a western lounge and live music venue that has quickly become a favorite in the community for weekly concerts and events. A recent addition to both bars is Focus, a CBD-infused, THC-free nonalcoholic spirit, produced locally in San Luis Obispo by To Be Honest Beverage Co., for those who want to sip, socialize, and enjoy a flavorful, relaxing beverage without alcohol.

Pig Iron is located at 508 S. Main Street in Templeton, California. Hours are Thursday and Friday, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Club Car bar is open Sunday-Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. For reservations and more information visit www.pigirontempleton.com or call (805) 400-4542.


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