The Barking Pig

The Barking Pig interior
Photo by Eric Sandler

Former Simone on Sunset owner Kristen Powell has transformed the former Lillo & Ella/El Gran Malo space into a casual neighborhood bar with solid food. The most obvious change to the space is that the bar has been relocated to the main dining room, which has allowed the bathrooms to be remodeled and expanded. Dark blue paint has a soothing effect, although it may not quite match Simone's status as a grown-up make out spot. Patrons will likely want to linger on the patio, which has new furniture and landscaping.

Food options run from shareable items like cheese-filled meatballs, charcuterie boards and hummus to more substantial entrees like burgers and pizza. Weekly specials like a Thursday steak night and creative drinks like the instant classic frozen flaming Dr Pepper should keep people coming back for more.


The Barking Pig
2307 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008


Sun: 11 am-midnight
Mon: 2 pm-midnight
Tue: 2 pm-midnight
Wed: 2 pm-midnight
Thu: 2 pm-2 am
Fri: 2 pm-2 am
Sat: 11 am-2 am

Good to Know

  • $$
  • Food Served
  • TVs
  • Beer/Wine
  • Full Bar
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining