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“Authentic, good food and ambience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig
500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (Magnificent Mile)
(312) 464-1744
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Ranked #22 of 7,739 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Description: This is a new restaurant from the house of Bannos (owners of the infamously popular Heaven on Seven, here in Chicago). They have now opened what could affectionately be called the foodie tourists' dream come true, with everything from bone marrow to fried pig's ears and fresh ricotta as well as a nice selection of paninis, and of course, the wines. Not to mention: Its right on the Magnificent Mile!
Durham, NC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Authentic, good food and ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Located on Michigan Avenue, I had some trepidation about the Purple Pig. I figured that it’s location that would lend itself to subpar and overpriced food. However, what I found was a busy, but surprisingly amicable and friendly, restaurant. The restaurant isn’t large, but has a warm, rustic vibe (with communal tables, tiles and bar seating). The restaurant’s vibe seemed more fitted to a backstreet restaurant in Spain, than Michigan Avenue. While busy, the service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant was busy when we arrived, so we were able to grab a spot at the bar overlooking the prep area. If you can grab one of these seats, I would recommend it. It was really enjoyable to get to watch the really skilled and efficient chefs do their work. The food was quite on point. The menu was varied and did feature many pork products. The influences for the dishes seemed to be a combination of italian and spanish influences. The dishes ranged from small appetizer plates to paninis, so you can create a meal for a combination of dishes. We decided on fried kale with fried pigs ear (and some sort of pickles), stuffed squid and a panini (to share between two people). The menu doesn’t shy away from some more challenging ingredients (marrow, pig parts etc), and even postes small glossaries at some of the communal tables. Overall, the food was on point, delicious and intriguing. Between the two of us, we were satisfied with the creativity of the food, but also felt as though the meal had satisfied our hunger. I would also recommend pairing food with an italian beer, of which the restaurant offers several.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great concept”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

This is a place base on european lunch, good wine list, community tables, great music.
If you like to share your table with estrangers and friends, this is the place, if you like to share your plate and taste from others this is the place, if you want a good view of the river, hear good music, and enjoy the atmosphere, this is it.

Visited April 2014
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Salvador, BA
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11 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Interesting food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Get there early or you will wait for a table. Try the ear pig and octopuss.

Good wine and beer menu.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The restaurant did not take reservations, and I went with a party of 7 on a Saturday night. It was roughly a 2-3 hour wait, and I'm not absolutely sure if it was worth it. We ordered roughly 12 plates and the portion sizing was fairly small, but we were full by the end of the night with food leftover. We ordered a lot of meat/pork based dishes and some were very salty, but nonetheless very tasty. The service was exceptional and ambience was very low-key - just my type of place!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great dinner great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

In town for business and chose purple pig based on proximity to hotel and reviews on TA.
This place lives up to its reputation!
For 2 they told us to expect a 45 min to hour wait and we got a glass of wine while waiting and had a table in less than 30 minutes.
The wines are excellent and reasonable. We had the special - turkey egg prepared with fried oyster - it was awesome!
The octopus was one of the best I ever had. The marrow was ok although I had a higher expectation(everyone told us to have it)
The service was prompt and friendly!
I will certainly endorse and likely return

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