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Restaurant & Bar Guide

The Proper Pig

The Proper Pig information

// Location16 Common St.
Waterville, ME 04901

// Hours3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

// Contact207-619-3975

// Price Range$$

// Cuisine Type American, Barbecue, Pub,

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⇢ The Proper Pig ranges from Mexico to China to Hawaii and more

032617 Proper Pig

The Proper Pig, which opened in late 2016 as part of Waterville’s downtown revitalization project, is a casual, pub-food restaurant with a heavy emphasis on all things porcine. It starts with the behatted, bow-tied swine in the logo, and continues on into the menu, where you’ll find a few solid pork dishes, the best of which is the excellent (and incredibly messy) pulled pork Piggly Wiggly sandwich. Others demonstrate imbalances that range from minor (oversteamed Taiwanese-style mini buns filled with agreeably crispy pork belly) to major (dessert levels of sweetness in the smoked baby back ribs and honey-glazed cornbread). If you’re a fan of spice, don’t shy away from the terrifying-sounding Proper Popper hamburger, a lean beef patty topped with ghost pepper cheese, and a soothing slice of grilled pineapple to cut through the heat. It’s nowhere near as spicy as it sounds, and with a bright cilantro-lime aioli, bacon and red onion, it’s a unique burger that showcases chef and co-owner Fred Ouellette’s creativity and kitchen chops.