And we were hooooongry!
We decided to stick close to our hotel for dinner so headed across the street to The Purple Pig for tapas. Share plates? Yasss! One of my favorite things ever!
The restaurant was on the small side but, even though it was a cold night, they had the patio open. It was enclosed and they had heat lamps ablaze so it was perfectly comfortable ... maybe even a little too warm at times!
The place had a young/ hipster-y vibe which always makes me kinda roll my eyes and also be thankful than I lived out my 20's in the early 2000's even though the early 2000's meant super low rise jeans. Still better than men in skinny jeans, amIright? Anyway, total hipster vibe to this place and I felt every bit of my 35 years, every bit of my "lives in the 'burbs" self.
Our waiter was pretty awesome, though maybe slightly harried. He was friendly and gave good advice on the menu. He gets four and a half stars, as does the beer, the rest of the experience though ...
Here's the deal:
I love tapas and share plates. I understand that they're smaller portions. However. Smaller portions should be smaller prices. If I'm paying $15 for a pork belly share plate, there needs to be more than three small pieces of pork on that plate! Obviously, I took issue with the quantity of food verses the price.
Now let's talk quality. We each ordered two plates for a grand total of six dishes to share. Our "side" type dishes (smashed potatoes, cauliflower, and I can't even remember the other one!) were ... they were not good. Everything had a vinegar-y, lemon-y taste to it. When we questioned the waiter, he explained it was because everything was heavy on Mediterranean flavor. Yeah, I don't mind Mediterranean food but that was all too much.
As far as the "entrees," everything we ordered was very good. We had the octopus, pork belly, and pork shoulder. And all were delicious. However, they were very overpriced. Honestly, the food we got just wasn't worth how much we paid. AND we were all still a touch hungry when we left.
Chicago is an AMAZING food city. The Purple Pig can't even compete. Skip it when you're in the city.