Monday, July 18, 2011

The Purple Pig, Chicago, Il

Wow this had to be one of the best, if not the best meal we had in Chicago. Fearing that The Purple Pig might be another hyped up Chicago joint, we braved some foul weather to get here. The wait at about twenty minutes was nothing to us (after all we're pretty used to waiting much longer at a decent place in Manhattan). Small plate dining prevails here and a nice group allowed us to sample most of their fare. The roasted bone marrow was spot on, another mention should go to the veal shoulder slow roasted in milk and served on some of the creamiest and smoothest mash potato I have ever tasted. If you're in Chicago, you have to drop by The Purple Pig.

500 N Michigan Ave
(between Illinois St & Grand Ave)
Chicago, IL 60611
Neighborhood: Near North Side
(312) 464-1744


Thursday, July 07, 2011

XOCO, Chicago, Il

I guess no trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to one of Rick Bayless' restaurants. We weren't that hungry or keen on waiting two hours for a table at Frontera so we hopped into the more casual XOCO next door and had some salsa, chips, churros and hot chocolate. With an extensive selection of hot chocolates here to pair with your churros, this place will definitely indulge the hot chocolate fan. The churros were light and airy and amount of sugar was just enough to complement the semi-bitter Mexican hot chocolate that I ordered.

449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
Neighborhood: Near North Side
(312) 334-3688