The Tie Dyed Pig Diner & Bakery – A Restaurant Review

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By: Sarah Steffey |

Over on 3rd Avenue, where River City Grill used to be, The Tie Dyed Pig Diner & Bakery is serving up pork barbeque to Radford.

This restaurant is relatively new – it opened its doors Aug. 31, just over four weeks ago.

They specialize in pulled pork barbeque, which comes without sauce, but you can choose between three of their original barbecue sauces to put on it yourself. The three options are “sweet,” “Carolina,” and “middle of the road.” 

Their plates come with two sides and a freshly baked roll.

The pulled pork was juicy, and the barbecue sauce was delicious. I was not a fan of the Carolina sauce, but the other two were great. 

The middle of the road sauce was my favorite because it had a little spice to it. 

I got fries and green beans for my sides; only because they were out of fried apples. 

Overall, I enjoyed my meal, and I thought the pulled pork was the best part. A lot of other places tend to serve it very dry, but not here.

Photo Credit: (Sarah Steffey | The Tartan) Plates come with two sides and a bread roll. The pulled pork comes without sauce, so you can sauce it however you like.

The menu includes plates, baskets, burgers, franks, and salads. The dishes are served with two sides while the baskets are only served with one. They also have a range of sides that include fries (chili/cheese or bacon/cheese), chips, side salad and fried green tomatoes with sauce. They offer lunch for both dine-in and carry-out.

The sides change each day. When I went, they had green beans, fried apples, mashed potatoes, potato salad, coleslaw, and macaroni salad.

They also have a blue plate special every day. When I went, it was meatloaf. They had another special, chicken salad croissants, but when I went, they were out.

In fact, they tend to run out of a lot of things. I guess that means business is going well, but if they are going to have a special, they should plan to make enough for every customer to enjoy.

Everyone should go give it a try, especially for their pulled pork barbeque. On top of the food, the staff and the atmosphere are awesome.

While pork is their specialty, the restaurant offers a vast range of food. They even have a small bakery that offers several tasty desserts.

The bakery is located in the back of the restaurant. They had cakes, cookies, croissants, cupcakes, and apple turnovers when I went. They usually have pie as well. I got a piece of chocolate cake to-go, and it was pretty good. The icing on the cake was even tie-dyed to match the restaurant’s theme.

The prices were average except for the bakery. The bakery prices are a little high. A single cupcake cost $3.49. They also had add-ons that could make your meal more pricey. You have to pay for extra sauce, and you have to pay to upgrade your side if you order a basket.

With its original name, many people might ask where it came from. I asked one of the owners, Jeff Corbin, about the name.

Corbin said they chose to call it The Tie Dyed Pig Diner & Bakery because they specialize in serving pork, and they wanted the sound barriers in the restaurant to be covered in tie-dyed fabric. He also said that the name “makes you smile and it’s memorable.” It was initially going to be called the “Radford Diner and Baking Company,” but Corbin said that was too boring.

Their hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The bakery is also open at these times, but they remain open until 6 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday. They are closed on Mondays.

In late October, they plan on providing dinner to-go for their customers, and they will have daily specials to order.

Be sure to check out other restaurant reviews on The Tartan, including The Golden Bowl and Latino’s Taste.

Photo Credit: (Sarah Steffey | The Tartan)

Featured Image: (The Tie Dyed Pig Diner & Bakery on 3rd Avenue, right across from the BB&T.)

The Tie Dyed Pig Diner & Bakery
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Overall, I think The Tie Dyed Pig Diner & Bakery is an excellent restaurant. Everyone should give it a try, especially for their pulled pork barbeque. On top of the food, the staff and the atmosphere are fantastic.

Sarah Steffey

My name is Sarah Steffey and I am from Rural Retreat, VA. I am 19 years old and will be graduating Radford University in the Spring of 2020 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I am a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and the AASIS club.