In his first review for Atlanta Magazine, critic Corby Kummer gives The Pig & The Pearl a "good" rating of one star. Kummer says the concept has a hard time coming together:
The Pig & the Pearl is a little disorienting, too-particularly when it comes to figuring out how the parts of the menu and the restaurant itself are supposed to go together. It's a smokehouse that smokes its own ribs, brisket, and pork. That part I get: Much of what's smoked is good, and some of it's memorable. But it's also a raw bar with a daily selection of oysters, hamachi crudo, smoked salmon, smoked trout spread, and yellowfin with ponzu gelée. That part I don't, even after dining there three times and asking the owners and the chef about their concept. Why would you come to a smokehouse for sashimi?
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