With whispers of summer coming to an end, we’re firmly embracing anything that gets us onto a patio. Enter the pig roast, a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon eating expertly cooked pork and drinking cocktails with friends. Want to get in on the action? These three restaurants are foregoing an oven for the spit with their own version of a pig roast.
Suckling pig roast at PAGU
There’s a lot for chef Tracy Chang to celebrate on August 15. It’s her birthday, to start. It’s also the birthday of her pug, Pearl, and the third anniversary of her Japanese/Spanish tapas restaurant, PAGU. So why not throw a pig roast? Two pig options will be available on Thursday: Philippine-style with sides like sisig, garlic rice, and pickled papaya; and Mexican-style with sides that include tacos, guacamole, pico de gallo, and tomatillo. Tickets will include both variations, plus sides and dessert, including two kinds of birthday-appropriate soft serve ice cream (black sesame seed and matcha with chocolate nibs). Beverages — $4 Peronis, $5 cocktail specials, and more — are sold separately. Oh, and Pearl will be there mugging for photos. (PAGU; 310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; August 15 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; $45; gopagu.com)
Patio pig roast luau at Back Bay Social
Haven’t made it to Hawaii this summer? While a luau in the Back Bay isn’t quite the same thing, you could be forgiven for treating Back Bay Social’s patio pig roast luau like a mini vacation. Tickets include cuts of pork with sides, and guests can purchase specialty cocktails separately. The restaurant will also offer giveaways from local businesses like Woburn-based brewery Lord Hobo. (Back Bay Social; 867 Boylston St., Boston; August 17 from noon–6 p.m.; $20; backbaysocialclub.com)
Patio pig roast at Casa Caña
This Latin kitchen and rum bar in Allston launched a monthly guest chef pig roast series in June, and the series continues in August with chef Jason Santos (Abby Lane, Buttermilk & Bourbon, Citrus & Salt) at the spit. For $25, guests can enjoy all-you-can-eat roasted pig, signature sides, live music, and a raffle, with cocktails available for purchase. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward No Kid Hungry, a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger. (Casa Caña; 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Boston; August 27 from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; $25; casacanaboston.com)