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The Purple Pig

500 N. Michigan Ave. (E. Grand Ave.) Send to Phone
312-464-1744 | Menu
There's more than cheese, wine and swine at this Michigan Avenue spot.

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Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late
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The Purple Pig, Chicago, IL

The Purple Pig Restaurant Review

: As the name suggests, there's plenty of pork-centric items on the menu at this Michigan Avenue wine bar. To wit: pork-fat-fried almonds (try to eat just one), pork liver pâté, pork blade steak with Nduja and honey, and pig’s ear with crispy kale. But this busy restaurant tucked inside an office building is more than just a hog-lover’s heaven. Non-pork lovers can opt for flavorful antipasti, like the shaved Brussels sprouts with Pecorino and Parmigiano-Reggiano, charred cauliflower with toasted breadcrumbs or olive oil-poached tuna and Greek lima beans from executive chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. (Del Posto). No matter what you choose from the Mediterranean-inspired menu --- though you should have the fried, chorizo-stuffed olives --- know there are plenty of wallet-friendly wines to pair with the large and small plates. Grab a spot at the tightly packed bar, one of the three communal tables or outside and prepare to settle in. And be sure to get the chocolate chip-studded ricotta-filled fried brioche before heading out the door, after of course a plunge in the cheeses.
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