The Purple Pig, 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.
With the words “Cheese, Swine, Wine” emblazoned across the entrance of The Purple Pig, I knew I was in for a thrill ride of a meal! The menu is filled with tapas fare, original dishes, concoctions of the “wild” side, a perfect place to step into bliss… instead of the ho-hum ordinary.
With a myriad of selections, I decide on the fried pig ears with crispy kale, pickled cherry peppers, and a beautiful sunny side up egg on top. Next, I dare to try their version of Chicago’s Italian Beef sandwich, made with pork heart and giardiniera. As requested, I received a tall glass of ice water and a lovely bottle of water also arrived. Nice touch, I do recognize and appreciate the details put forth.
The first to arrive was the pig’s ears. To my delight they were cut thin and fried, and resembled onion straws. Hallelujah, they were an incredible edible! The kale was crunchy good, the pickled cherry peppers had just enough vinegar to cut the richness of the rest of the dish. They bring you a large fork and spoon to break the egg yolk so it oozes all over, and toss it around a bit. Dang. The flavors and textures just sung in perfect harmony. Man, did I love this dish!
I was leery of the heart, but upon arrival it looked pretty damn tasty! Shaved pork heart (deli style), superb veggie giardiniera, all on an astounding crusty bread. Wow. I thought it may be minerally, or have a barnyard flavor, it didn’t. It actually tasted like corned beef. Delish!
I can’t swoon enough over this place! The menu, food, décor, service, ambiance, and it’s surroundings were spectacular in every way. I only hope I can return and try more creative delights they have to offer, sooner than later. The Purple Pig will definitely be added to my “Best Of” list. Brava!
5 out of 5 perfect piggy points.