I was greeted with a warm hug as I entered into Hog Heaven, an open-air restaurant located in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Olga Wheatley, who co-owns this business with her husband Dale “Blondie” Wheatley, wore a bright smile on her face as she gave me a quick tour of her restaurant. Hog Heaven had a relaxed theme, and it has been this way since it opened in 2011.
Mint green tables, stools and cream colored chairs occupied the L shape layout of the deck. The bar had patrons who stopped by regularly for a drink or for another chance to bite into a deliciously prepared BBQ pork dish.
The breeze blew generously, keeping Hog Heaven cool despite the piercing hot sun that beamed down. Other than the bar, the restaurant did not have shade. However, patrons were welcomed to receive their fair share of vitamin D while they devoured their meals. Strategically, Hog Heaven was located approximately 1,000 feet above Northside.
The view was fantastic. Neighboring islands are in the distance. The aqua blue ocean glistened under the sun. White sailboats that were anchored, resembled toy boats as they floated on the pristine waters. Oh yes! The view from Hog Heaven was lovely, and so was the food.
Simultaneously, Olga handed me a menu and one of the signature drinks at Hog Heaven, the bushwhacker. It was a delicious blend of spices, Kahlua, dark crème de cacao and much more. It was tasty. As I sipped my drink, I looked over the menu.
Some of the entrees included Bar-B-Q Pork, Bar-B-Q Ribs, Bar-B-Q Chicken, Fried Chicken and Conch with Butter Sauce. My choice of meat with two sides was the basis of the meal. I ordered Hog Heaven’s famous Bar-B-Q Ribs with potato salad and cold slaw. For my appetizer, I had conch fritters with a dipping sauce.
Yummy! The Bar-B-Q Ribs were extremely delicious.
The ribs were tender and succulent. The slow roasted ribs captured every flavor and spice while maintaining its moisture. The BBQ sauce that adorned the meat was terrific. It was sweet, spicy and contained one of its key ingredients. One that I do not have permission to share. It’s a secret ingredient that was passed on from generation to generation in Olga’s family; whose origin is from Santo Domingo. The conch fritters were equally delectable. It was crispy on the outside but soft and seasoned on the inside. The dipping sauce gave the conch an additional flavor. Both dishes were delicious.
Every bite was mouthwatering. At that moment, I understood how Hog Heaven, got its name. The food was excellent, and Olga’s effervescent personality made it heavenly to be there. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Virgin Gorda!
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