Favorite Chicago Restaurants
The Purple Pig
"Cheese, swine and wine" rule along North Michigan Avenue. Choose your adventure when you sit at one of the communal tables in the dining room. Think you're up for pig's tails braised in balsamic dressing? A good amount of fat marbles the chunks of meat, helping them melt in your mouth. Sliced super thin, the pig's ear comes served with crispy kale, pickled cherry peppers and fried egg.
If some of the unusual offerings aren't your bag, that's OK, says Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. (pictured at left). Try the milk-braised pork shoulder, a large cut of tender meat on top of mashed potatoes. Just don't be surprised if the stranger sitting next to you in this lively spot asks for some -- or offers to share theirs. (312) 464-1744; thepurplepigchicago.com