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The Purple Pig

Mediterranean Restaurant$$$$
Streeterville, Chicago
530 Tips and reviews
  • pork shoulder
  • bone marrow
  • wine
  • smear
  • lively
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  • Steven G.
    Steven GutentagMarch 20, 2015
    Pork shoulder and the chicken thigh kebab are amazing.
  • debbie k b.
    debbie k bushDecember 4, 2011
    Despite being told it would be a 2.5hr wait for a table. We paitently waited - like vultures - for seats at the bar. 30min later we were seated and enjoying some of the best food we've ever eaten.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LJune 8, 2015
    Purple pig never lets me down
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerApril 23, 2011
    Look for hum on the back bar, Chicago's Local Amaro. T
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndersonJuly 24, 2010
    Try the Fried Pigs ear!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MathieuDecember 8, 2010
    Go with a group & order a variety. Meat/cheese platters are a great start (try the tongue...seriously), but you really can't go wrong here.
  • Francine C.
    Francine CNovember 14, 2014
    The pork secreto is amazing! Also for appetizers we really enjoyed the butternut squash pumpkin seeds and the broccoli with roasted garlic.
  • Sirus O.
    Sirus OrndoffMay 15, 2014
    Great shareable small plates.
  • Valerie
    ValerieSeptember 14, 2014
    The salt cured Greek yogurt smear takes three days to make and is delicious.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BaoApril 26, 2013
    the roasted bone marrow & fried pig's ear w/crispy kale were AMAZING!
  • Clay B.
    Clay BurnettApril 14, 2013
    Amazing. Pork shoulder. Get it.
  • Vincent J.
    Vincent JamesMarch 1, 2013
    Chicken Kabobs = FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!
  • Iryna L.
    Iryna LJune 3, 2013
    The broccoli is simply fantastic
  • Dongning W.
    Dongning WangNovember 8, 2014
    I don't understand why people like the bone marrow. Too fatty without any flavor. That was a disaster.
  • James S.
    James ShayNovember 17, 2013
    Stuffed Squid is outstanding!!!
  • Tomer M.
    Tomer MokedAugust 15, 2016
    Food is amazing, the chorizo is great, fun special menu with crazy pork items
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle McNallyMarch 22, 2010
    Squash - get the squash
  • Steven M.
    Steven McDowallNovember 6, 2010
    Toss up - braised pig tail or milk braised pork shoulder! Also - the white bait "French fries" are highly addictive !
  • Sophie Z.
    Sophie ZhengSeptember 12, 2014
    Grilled octopus!
  • Tanisha R.
    Beets , veal
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraNovember 2, 2016
    I had a great caramel chocolate churro porter! The food was incredible, the Cornish hen, 4 meats platter, and stuffed calamari were divine! One of my favorite eats of all time
  • Bradford S.
    Bradford StephensApril 16, 2011
    The albariño is fantastic. Solid selection of Spanish wines.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TsaiNovember 24, 2012
    Try the Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs
  • Rumala S.
    Rumala SheikhaniJune 7, 2012
    Get the broccoli. It's off the hook.
  • Yvonne T.
    Yvonne TsuiFebruary 16, 2014
    Def try the fried pig's ear with crispy kale & duck egg.
  • Regan A.
    Regan AlanesJuly 31, 2015
    Bone marrow. Do it.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TietzAugust 11, 2014
    Anything over the top...or just anything
  • Kübra Z.
    Kübra ZenginMarch 31, 2015
    The only food without pork is chicken kebab with potato. And it's delicious.
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 18, 2013
    Try the Salt Baked Fried Smashed Potatoes
  • Sheryl L.
    Sheryl LinnAugust 20, 2013
    Any of their Cured Meats. The Purple Pig Platter is great. We had a wait but they are really friendly and will bring you drinks while you are waiting.
  • Keeli N.
    Keeli NikeJune 18, 2015
    Milk braised pork shoulder with mashed potatoes was TO DIE FOR!! The most tender pork I've ever had.
  • Cassandra B.
    Cassandra BradbyOctober 28, 2012
    The butternut squash is absolutely AMAZING!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrockwayMarch 12, 2015
    I'd fly to Chicago just to eat here again...
  • JY
    JYDecember 24, 2015
    They have good food. But don't venture beyond what people rage about. Sit by the bat is fun
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DamaOctober 31, 2012
    Prosciutto Escarole Bread Balls will BLOW. YOUR. MIND!
  • Ms. Kimmy V.
    Ms. Kimmy VeeeSeptember 7, 2014
    The pork secreto paured with the Dafinos! Cute place! No wonder it had great reviews; perfect lite lunch spot!
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangJanuary 23, 2016
    Lamb chops and anything wagyu (autocorrect almost changed that to warty!)
  • Rémy T.
    Rémy Thenot-SiegelFebruary 6, 2010
    One of the most memorable meals I've ever had. Excellent menu, great service, great atmosphere and patronage.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    The father-and-son Bannos duo's restaurant is a torch bearer for mediterranean small plates and charcuterie, and perhaps the best restaurant on the touristy Magnificent Mile. Be prepared for a wait. Read more
  • 2Plus2NYCReview
    2Plus2NYCReviewJuly 8, 2012
    There is nothing that isn't good about this place !! Read more
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Great meal, loved the bone marrow and salt and vinegar beef tendon chips. The other dishes were a bit salty.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WoodMarch 26, 2010
    Between the pickled okra and the cute chef Ill def be back.
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RhoadsNovember 5, 2012
    For business people dining alone, grab a spot at the bar and avoid the wait.
  • Jenny F.
    Jenny FlanApril 3, 2011
    Too many Trixies, not enough Chads.
  • Jana
    JanaMay 20, 2012
    So very average. Overcooked everything. Fortunately, my tea was bottled and avoided the grill.
  • Kay O.
    Kay OehlerMarch 19, 2012
    It's all so good but I especially liked the calamari.
  • John L.
    John LacsonOctober 13, 2013
    The stuffed squid is excellent!
  • Piyush G.
    Piyush GuptaNovember 16, 2012
    Verrrrry tasty. Tuna chicken. Basque cheese. Yum.
  • David F.
    David FNovember 17, 2012
    Try the turkey leg. Delish.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DavelaarAugust 10, 2016
    Enjoy unique small plates, an extensive wine list and community seating.
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