After closing his popular South Grand bar, Urban, after nearly a decade in business, Nhat Nguyen consolidated all of his favorite foods under one roof at his new neighborhood restaurant, Copper Pig.
Located in St. Louis’ Southampton neighborhood, Copper Pig serves an assortment of dishes inspired by Nguyen’s tasty travels throughout the country and the world. Here, visitors will find plenty of ways to pig out, so to speak: Casual fare includes everything from a pork belly Cuban served with fried plantains to a bulgogi beef cheesesteak topped with Cheddar, kimchi and apples. Nguyen has incorporated flavors from his native country, Vietnam, as well, such as the restaurant’s take on cháo tôm – shrimp meatballs served on sugarcane skewers with aromatic nuoc cham dipping sauce. Other specialties include creamy duck-confit poutine, a head-to-tail presentation of fried snapper and avocado tacos topped with sweet-chile coleslaw and lime aïoli.
Pair your internationally inspired dishes with one of 12 beers on tap or a cocktail from Copper Pig’s concise list, including an homage to Urban’s long-standing signature: the Purple Rain, made with freshly muddled blackberries, Absolut Kurant and a splash of sour mix.
Written and photographed by Mabel Suen. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Copper Pig, 4611 Macklind Ave., Southampton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.499.7166,