The Piggery

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Pork is the centerpiece of nearly every item on the menu at this Lakeview eatery, from apps like the house-specialty firecrackers (bacon-wrapped, cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos) to hearty entrees such as pork pot roast and Chicago-style ribs. Though the restaurant projects a sporty, bar-like feel with high-top tables and several flat-screen TVs usually tuned to Chicago teams, the kitchen is far more serious than that of your average neighborhood pub. Bread is baked in-house, and all of the sauces--including the essential barbecue sauce--are made from scratch. On weekends, there's a homestyle brunch with breakfast classics--think pancakes, crepes and egg dishes like omelettes and Piggery Scrambles with your choice of meat, cheese or veggie toppings.