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“Purple Pig...One of a Kind Restaurant”
Review of The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig
Ranked #20 of 9,675 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Description: Experience the exquisite cuisine of James Beard, Rising Star Chef 2014 - Jimmy Bannos Jr. As a fourth generation restaurateur, he was mentored by his father, Jimmy Bannos (Chef/Owner of Heaven on Seven) and catapulted his expertise through training by nationally renowned chefs. Since opening in 2009, under the leadership of Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig has received numerous accolades, including being named one of 2010’s “10 Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit magazine; and a Bib Gourmand recipient from the Michelin Guide Chicago in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; among other honors. Dubbed the "Prince of Pork" by Dana Cowin (Food and Wine Editor and Chief); Jimmy Jr. brings his love for Mediterranean food to the Windy City in fun, inventive ways - at this rustic sharable plate restaurant, conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile. Located at 500 North Michigan Avenue, the restaurant offers cheese, swine and wine, among other standout dishes, showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece and Spain.
Boise, Idaho
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“Purple Pig...One of a Kind Restaurant”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I discovered this restaurant through Trip Advisor and on our first night in Chicago, went to the PP. A little bit tough to find as the PP sign is not lit up. But after not having a clue as to what the food would be like. We ordered a cauliflower dish, turkey meatball sliders, pork shoulder sandwich, a smear and dessert. All portions were of reasonable size and we shared all of our dishes. The food was fantastic! So unique as the restaurant is advertised as all pig from nose to tail but expertly prepared in a very casual, laid back atmosphere. Our dessert was incredible...a nutella & marshmallow spread with carmelized bannas on a grilled panini bread.Customer service was excellent, very reasonably prices, heaters for outside tables and the place was packed with a 45 minute waiting period. No reservations but the gal who took our names was from our same state (ID) and took pity on us as we got lost finding the restaurant so we got in right away. I would highly recommend the Purple Pig as a very special dining experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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Philadelphia
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“Amazing food, lively atmosphere”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

On a friend's recommendation, I visited the Purple Pig during a trip to Chicago and it was the best meal of the 5-day trip. Creative, delicious food. Small plates allow for a variety of flavors. Can't wait to return when I'm back in Chicago for business later in the year!

  • Visited June 2013
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Shady Side, MD
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“Unique Food, Fun Atmospere and Good Service”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I arrived before the rush and was seated outside. I liked that many of the wines were offered by the glass, or one third, one half or a whole bottle. Along with my wine, I had the Asparagus, Arugula, Endive & Hazelnut salad, which was delicious. I also ordered Grandma D's Chocolate Cake to go so I could have it later. It was chocolate decadence.

  • Visited June 2013
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houston
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“long lines, good food”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Food is out there but it's real tasty stuff. Lots of things to snack on, big wine list and the people working are very friendly and efficient. Nice place.

Visited June 2013
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“Excellent food, lively atmosphere”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

My husband and I visited Chicago for our anniversary weekend and enjoyed a fabulous meal at The Purple Pig. The wine list has quite a few Greek wines that we loved, specifically the George Scouras Moscofilero which paired very nicely with the pork selections. Being of Greek descent, i always love to see some of the great productions on the menu! We sampled the cheeses, also tried the cured meats- specifically the Coppa and the Lingua Agrodolce. Our waiter was well versed in the menu selections and made great recommendations. The chorizo olives, eggplant caponata with goat cheese and pork tripe were fabulous!

  • Visited May 2013
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