Subway: Red to Grand(312) 464-1744 thepurplepigchicago.com41.891195 -87.624750 500 N Michigan Ave (between Illinois St and Grand Ave) Magnificent Mile, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage small plate: $7
To understand the allure of the Pig—a collaboration of chefs Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven), Scott Harris (Mia Francesca’s), Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) and Jimmy Bannos Jr.—you have to be comfortable enough that you chat up strangers next to you and eventually steal their food. Goat-cheese-and-squash arancini come in an earthy sage pesto so good most people close their eyes while they savor it. That’s when you swoop in and take one. Same goes for the mortadella spread, milk-braised pork shoulder and genius deep-fried deviled egg. If you share the hot brioche stuffed with ricotta and chocolate, though, you’re an idiot.