Snapshots: Chicago 2012

With a long weekend to Chicago booked for April, I'm already starting to cobble together a restaurant list. My three day jaunt to the Windy City last February (note: dead of winter is probably not the best time to go sightseeing in Chicago) only gave us enough time for a handful of meals, but boy, were they good ones.

While Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat met expectations (order the roasted pig face), The Purple Pig was my favorite.

We stumbled into the restaurant — located right along the Magnificent Mile — on a blustery night with no reservations and managed to snag seats at the cozy communal table. The roasted bone marrow was decadent and delicious, but it was, surprisingly, a non-pig dish—the calamari with fregola, radishes and pistachios—that ended up being the most memorable.