I went back to Chicago recently on a business trip which happened to land on my birthday. My lovely friend Trish, who relocated to Chicago last year, suggested we try The Purple Pig to celebrate.
Located in Chicago's bustling neighborhood of River North, The Purple Pig is one of Chicago's most popular and well known spots for Spanish tapas and wine. My two favorite things!
I did a little research after and learned The Purple Pig was named one of Food & Wine's "Insider Picks" in their Chicago Travel Guide (alongside Avec and Girl and the Goat) and one of Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurants in America in 2010. In addition, head Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr. was co-winner of the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2014.
That's an impressive resume, eh?
On to the important stuff:
In addition to wine, we ordered The Purple Pig platter (essentially a giant charcuterie plate, see below) and a cheese plate; prosciutto stuffed squid (below, right); confit turkey leg and probably something else that I can't remember. (Don't judge, it was my birthday!) The meat and cheese, of course, were fabulous, but that stuffed squid was one of the best tapas I've had in some time. Yum.
All in all, a fantastic spot to take a group, drink some wine and have some fun. I love Chicago. I love The Purple Pig. Go there next time you're in town. (P.S. they don't take reservations, so be patient.)