When asked where to eat in the Orlando area, nearly everyone recommended The Ravenous Pig in nearby Winter Park. At the chef's counter of this popular gastropub, I watched as wonderful charcuterie plates, homemade pretzels (served, for example, with Taleggio-porter fondue), and grilled lamb loins left the kitchen before settling on a lardo-wrapped grilled sardine with grilled shishito peppers, followed by vanilla-glazed pork belly with espresso-date jam, heirloom apples, and 18th century stone cut oat granola. There was a wide variety of craft beer available by the glass and bottle, with my server happy to make pairing suggestions.
In this pub spirit I ordered the Bread Pudding ($8) for dessert. Changing frequently, the version I had was a milk chocolate-cherry bread pudding served with pecan brittle, cherry beer caramel, and Winter Park Reserve Whisky ice cream.
Instead of in a bowl, this bread pudding came freestanding in muffin-like form. The milk chocolate and cherries mingled well with each other, without either dominating. Alone, the bread pudding was a little on the dry side, but this is where the wet components came into play. The cherry beer caramel furthered the cherry theme while bringing continuity to my beer-paired meal. Meanwhile, the whiskey ice cream had earthy and grassy notes as well as some nuttiness, making it a good match with the pecan brittle (which gave the dish some crunchy textural contrast). It was just the dessert to finish my cozy pub meal.