Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Elsyian and The Purple Pig

Last week Peter and I met up w/our good friends and attended a reception hosted by the gals at Jet Set Travel. Both of us used them to book our honeymoons. The reception was at the new Elsyian Hotel in Chicago (which btw is a very sleek spot). The gal at Chicago 312 Dining Diva wrote a detailed description and overview of the new spot. Looks like The Donald (via his Chicago Trump hotel) is up for some competition

We briefly stopped by the reception and then headed to The Purple Pig for dinner. I was anxious to check it out - as I still try to keep up w/the latest restaurant openings in Chicago. All four of us LOVED it! So yum. I enjoy restaurants with small plates - as I find it fun to order a bunch of items and try a little bit of everything. Their menu totally ROCKS.  D.Tamarkin (who I happened to go to HS w/) wrote the following Chicago Time Out article on the restaurant before they opened. This is a great spot if you are on the Mag Mile and want a little nibble (you don't find too many hip/cool spots in this touristy area of Michigan Ave.). 

Below is what we ordered: 


Salt-roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese & Pistachio Vinaigrette 
Butternut Squash with Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Butter & Ricotta Salata  
(Both of the above were my favorites - lately, and ever since our rehearsal dinner at The Bristol I have been craving beets - oh, that and maybe being prego!) 


Endive and Arugula with Covadonga Bleu Cheese & Orange  
Carrot, Avocado & Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette  

Fried Items (LOVE that they title these items as "FRIED" items - simple and obviously to the point) 

Pig’s Ear with Crispy Kale, Marinated Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg
Brussel Sprouts with Thyme and Lemon  


Whipped Feta with Cucumbers(umm, yum, one of my faves) 

a la Plancha, etc.

Chicken Thigh Kebabs with Fried Smashed Potatoes & Tzatziki  
Pork Blade Steak with ‘Nduja & Honey  

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