The food at The Purple pig was outstanding. It's Mediterranean inspired food, and the way the menu works is that the choices are meant to be shared with the table. Since it was just the two of us we decided to go for one cheese, a smear, and a meat dish. The cheese we got was the Sunset Bay and it was creamy like brie with paprika in the middle of it and served with crackers and jelly. It was DELICIOUS! Next we had the whipped feta with cucumber smear which is served with pieces of toasted bread. Also incredibly delicious! The last dish we indulged in was the housemade gyro, which we bothed really liked, too. Kim's drink of the night was a rosé and I had the La Mozza "I Perazzi" Morellino di Scansano from Tuscany and it was one of the best glasses of wine I've ever had.
Ambience + Atmosphere
The Purple Pig was a cute little restaurant tucked away on The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave). The inside was a little crammed in terms of waiting for a table but when we were seated it was perfect. We could have a conversation and hear each other just fine. It was a little dim inside which would actually make for a great date spot as well as a nice girls night out dinner spot. They had bar seating as well as a huge group table. We opted for the regular two seater table though.
The Purple Pig is located at 500 N. Michigan Ave, which is actually on The Magnificent Mile. We drove down to the city due to the freezing temperatures and were able to find meter parking a couple minutes away on Rush St.
Extras + Details
The Purple Pig does not accept reservations. They take your name down on their list when you present at the restaurant along with your phone number. They call you when your table is ready and you have 10 minutes to claim it before they give it to the next person on the list. I prefer when restaurants take reservations but if they don't I really appreciate this system because then you can go explore the area that the restaurant is in while you wait for your table. Kim and I obviously couldn't do that last night since it was 1 degree out but it's a nice option for when it's nicer out. We were told the wait time would be 30-45 minutes and we decided to wait inside...we felt kind of in the way when we were waiting but what can ya do? We sat on a little ledge and a nice guy brought us the wine menu. However, they called us within 5 minutes to tell us our table was ready! So in the end it was not a bad wait experience at all. I have no idea if the experience would be the same during the week or on a Friday/Saturday though because we went on Sunday evening.
We both loved it. It gave us a chance to be more adventurous with our food choices and we had a lot of fun. I definitely want to go back and take Caleb for a date night. I think we will probably wait till it gets a little warmer out if we want to brave going on a Friday night though because I have a feeling the wait time is really long and I'm not sure we could handle roaming Michigan Ave in this frigid weather Chicago is having right now. The Purple Pig has been added to the Chicago City Guide so you know what that means? You all should go try it sometime soon, too!
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