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“Unique - a must go!”
Review of The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig
Ranked #22 of 9,602 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unique - a must go!”
Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Went to the place with friends on our last night in Chicago. The place is conveniently located on Magnificent Mile, giving us a bit to do during the wait until they call you when your table is ready (nice touch!) The menu featured some really interesting pork dishes, and amongst all we picked the deep-fired pig ear (excellent!) and roasted bone marrow (comes with some warm bread; was tasty but a bit on the oily side...not to my liking). I ordered the pork blade steak and it came surprisingly well with the honey sauce. The steak itself was cooked very well - juicy and not overcooked Would love to try the pork shoulder that my friend ordered (he said it was tender and full of flavour) The place has a comprehensive wine list which our friendly waiter was more than happy to provide suggestions on. Overall a very nice dining experience and would definitely pay a second visit next time I'm in town.

Thank Victor L
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Cheese, swine and wine - i'm in.”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

The Purple Pig is a perfect combination of relaxing, friendly and unassuming combined with delicious, unique, and adventurous small plates. The whipped feta is plate licking good. They offer a great selection of meats and cheeses and clever other dishes. The atmosphere is current and the service good.

  • Visited December 2013
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McKinney, Texas, United States
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“What a find!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

"Small bite" plates to share with friends were the order of the day! We chose it because we liked the name, and stayed for a while because we loved the food and experience! The banana desert is a can't miss!
You have to love sitting with people you don't know because of the small size and intimate seating. But that was fine with us and we laughed and joked with our table mates while sampling the amazing choices on the menu.
Service was fast and courteous. We will definitely return when we are back in Chicago!

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great food and fun atmosphere.”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

We had to dine at the Purple Pig since everyone just raves about it and now I know why. The food was unique and exotic. The wines were amazing and the staff was fun, interactive and welcoming. If you have one meal in Chicago the Purple Pig is a must!

Visited December 2013
Thank BennettTravels
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Getting to Be a Regular”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We are starting to dine at the Purple Pig on every visit. The location is great, the service is phenomenal and there is a different dish or two to try on each visit. Servers are skilled at their recommendations for food and wine. Worth a wait!

Visited December 2013
Thank Dick C
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