A few weeks ago I went to a restaurant that I have been dying to try since shortly after it opened–The Purple Pig. For various reasons–namely it always being super crowded when I seem to be short on time, I never actually had the chance to eat here until a few weeks ago.
We went at around 6:15 on a Sunday–thinking that the early time would mean less of a wait. The wait time was already 45 minutes, but I asked the hostess if there was anyway we could walk around and they could give us a call. She agreed and we headed out. I love when restaurants do this! 45 minutes seems like a long time to just sit and wait. But since the location is right on Michigan Ave, 45 minutes becomes a little too quick–especially when Zara is having a sale. The hostess with the mostess called right as I was in the dressing room and I had to skip my purchases (probs for the best) and
head speed walk back to make it in under 10 minutes.
Luckily, we made it with one minute to spare and were seated right when we walked in. The tables here are very close together with a few ‘community’ tables which means it is easy to talk to your neighbors. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing–depends on my mood. The neighbors on our right suggested that we order the beet salad, saying it was one of the best things on the menu. We debated, but thought a few other things sounded better. Which is actually very surprising for me considering how much I normally like beets. I think I od’ed on them awhile back. Luckily, they were leaving so they didn’t see that we didn’t take them up on their suggestion .
Our neighbors on the left ordered a dish that looked delicious and I just had to interrupt their date and ask them what it was—turns out it was a nutella and banana sandwich covered in powdered sugar. It looked so good! We almost ordered it but ended up being too full by that time.
Our waiter recommended getting 3-4 dishes and then we could always order more if needed.
We went with:
Normally I’m not a huge fan of non-fried calamari. It always seems too chewy or something–but not the case here. It was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Served along side fregola, radishes , cucumbers and pistachios, it has definitely convinced me that I can eat calamari without it being deep fried (although that kind is still my fav).
Chicken thighs with fried smashed potatoes and tzatziki
Sometimes chicken dishes can be a bit boring–but this dish looked really interesting and it did not disappoint. I might go out on a limb and say this was the best chicken I have ever had. Chicken thighs can sometimes be kinda fatty but these were not, and they were so so flavorful. I wouldn’t think to serve chicken and potatoes with tzatziki but the combo was fantastic.
Last…a cheese plate with 3 different cheeses. Because they are known for cheese (+ wine and swine!), and a lot of the cheeses were unfamiliar to us non cheese connoiseurs, soo we ordered ‘chef’s choice’ to be surprised!
I’m really glad we went with the Chef’s Surprise plan instead of blindly picking our own. I couldn’t tell you what they were now, but I loved them all! I also was really digging the jam/cheese combo. I am kind of surprised I even tried it since I’m not a huge fan of sweet/savory together, but something about the jam made it work for me.
I also had a glass of prosecco–can’t go wrong there. We only ordered 3 dishes but this was the perfect amount! I left full, but not overly stuffed.
I can’t wait to go back to the Purple Pig. They have soo many options, it was hard to choose just a few so I would love to go back and try a few more. Now that I know the wait time isn’t really an issue, I will be back….and soon!