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The Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611

Not since Purple Rain has a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue garnered so much of my lavishing attention. Enter Chicago’s The Purple Pig. After deciding to skip out on plans for a $300 fancy dinner at a restaurant that will remain anonymous, a trek out into the concrete wilderness lead me to this restaurant for late night eats.


Wha-uh-oh. Uh-oh-oh. Uh-oh-oh.

Crispy Pig Ear Salad: Crispy pig ears, crispy kale, and a fried egg on top. This dish is beer drinking food at its finest, and qualifies as “healthy” due to the inclusion of a leafy super-food, even if it’s deep-fried. My only gripe was that I wanted more egg yolk to cut through the teensy bit of over-saltiness. Heavy beer consumption is highly recommended!



JLT (Jowls, Lettuce, and Tomato…oh my…): The Purple Pig’s take on a classic BLT. Holy shit, call me late to the party, but pig jowls are the new pork belly! It has a caramelized bacony taste that’s salty, sweet, and highly addictive. The gigantic sunny-side-up duck egg on top made me want to frame the dish and hang it on a wall as a gorgeous piece of art. This was a tasty dish with balanced flavors and a nice contrast of crunchy, chewy, and creamy textures.


Milk-braised Pork Shoulder: Pot roast’s melt-in-your-mouth second cousin. The pork shoulder was fork-tender, flavorful, and paired well with the accompanying mashed potatoes. It was like Sunday supper at grandma’s house, sans the frilly doilies.


Not-so-naughty tentacles

Not-so-naughty tentacles

Grilled Octopus: Hey wait a minute, there are no pork products involved?! Truly truly truly outrageous! This dish was a simple, delicious plate of food. The octopus was flawlessly cooked, so the texture was just the right amount of chewy with a nice smoky char on the outside of each tentacle. Steve Zissou would be proud!

Until I can open up a restaurant specializing in putting fried eggs on top of everything, which I would call — wait for it — If You Like It Then You Should’ve Put an Egg on It, this place will have to do. With it’s moderate pricing, generous portions, and fun atmosphere, I’d go back to The Purple Pig in a heartbeat – be it an irregular or normal heartbeat.


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