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“Busy, hard to get into, but worth the wait.”
Review of The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig
Ranked #30 of 10,250 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

They do a good job here. Fast attentive service makes up for the no reservations policy and the long waits. Food is very good and the staff seem to be proud of it. Warning: the wine list is extensive, and expensive. As your server to guide you to some good value wines. The broccoli dish is excellent. But as a tapas place, fun, and energy, I'd go back in a minute.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Went for a late lunch around 3 on a Saturday and were seated within 5 minutes. By the time we left there was quite a wait. Menu is a little overwhelming but we loved everything we tried. Surprise favorite was the salted beets, the flavors were out of this world. Crispy pigs ear and octopus were also very very good. People next to us got the JLT which looked amazing but we were too full to try anything else. Place is crowded and loud, but we were seated next to each other at the big communal table, so could at least hear each other while enjoying this fabulous meal. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank rageisman
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Came here during St Pattys weekend right at opening! Of course.. HUGE LINE and big groups.

Came in a group of 10 the hostess Chastity informed us that it would be faster if we broke our group up to sit faster. She was able to work wonders and basically seat us all.

The food is truly amazing and although meant for sharing our eyes were bigger than our stomach!

Would highly recommend to try this place while you’re visiting!

Thank CallmeMaxine
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

The food here is creative and thoughtfully prepared but there is an expectation that people share and the small plates are not inexpensive. It feels a bit trendy and pretentious for me and I would not be in a hurry to recommend it to everyone.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I came here for lunch with my friends right when it opened. There was a decent line, but we were willing to sit outside, as the weather was getting better, and got a seat quickly.

The food was great. We all picked something under the pork section, since it was called the purple PIG. I got the hot dog and my friends got ribs and a sandwich. The sausage was amazing. With the combination of the sauce and bread, I have to say it is one of the top hot dogs I had in Chicago.

Thank victorcyho
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