Many apologies for my lack of posts lately. Don’t worry, doesn’t mean I’ve been starving at home eating Ramen! Here we go, hold on to your plates!
I’ve been meaning to go to the Purple Pig for over a year! Smack dab in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, it’s not hard to get to. How would I describe Purple Pig….well it’s motto is Swine, Cheese and Wine. Much like Girl and the Goat, you order small tasty plates to share with your party. The interior is cramped and there’s a lot of emphasis on communal seating. I for one am not a fan of this trend. I don’t like to hear other people’s conversation and to be eating close enough to a stranger for them to breathe on my food. No offense to strangers! Anyway, the wait was long as expected (you cannot make reservations here) but thankfully, some bar seats opened up and I was happy again. When given the choice between communal or bar seats…bar seats for the win!
Anyway, not being a wine person (I know, what a bad bad foodie), let’s go straight to the dishes. Along with the Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes and Calamari with Fregola, Radishes, Cucumbers & Pistachios, the dishes I want to highlight are as follows…
Chanterelles, Apple & Celery Root With Truffle Vinaigrette – OMG, truffle salad dressing? Super refreshing although I am not a huge fan of fruit in my food, this worked well together with the truffle. What am I saying, truffle works well with anything!
Pig’s Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg – One of the more popular dishes there. The pig’s ear was thin and crispy but packed full of salty goodness and breaking the egg over all the yummy crispies and blending it together was perfecto!
Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs – This is a MUST ORDER! I can confidently say this was one of my favorite dishes at any restaurant…ever! Three huge bones filled with rich succulent bone marrow. Pared with crispy toast, some sort of veggie, and some sea salt to sprinkle on top. Yum, yum, yum! Salty and rich! My two faves!
I would closely compare this restaurant to Girl and the Goat. But Purple Pig is way more accessible and though less hyped, just as good I think! The environment leaves much to be desired, it’s not bad, but there wasn’t any set theme going on where someone can walk in and know exactly what to expect. Maybe that’s what they are going for, as I did not expect how yummy this place was! Bravo Pig!