Saturday, September 28, 2013
BIG & little's - Chicago, IL
BIG & little's has been featured on Diners, Drive-In, and Dives although it was the Cicero location singled out to get the glory and fame but nonetheless the glory and fame spilt over here.
B & l reminds me of the Portland hipster scene but without the tattoos, hair, dark clothing. It's been described by Guy Fieri as gourmet grunge fast food and that's probably as apropos and accurate a description of B & l.
The traffic entering is steady even well past noon. The food is cooked to order and it arrived mouth burning hot.
Soft Shell Crab Po' Boy is the second most expensive item on the item. It was the first time I had soft shell crab and I wasn't expecting to see a whole crab perched on a bed of lettuce. The batter, the mildly spicy sauce, bread, and the frying process all served to hide the delicate flavors of the crab. The crab per se had a salty sweet taste with a springy stringy texture. Overall the package was good but nowhere near the stratospheric experience I anticipated.
Based on this one experience, B& l I believe is worthy of the hype even if it didn't fully meet personal expectations. It's filled with numerous gourmet eclectic offerings that I wish that this eatery was in my neighborhood to chase away the sullen days.
Restroom Rating: 7.5. Surprisingly clean and well maintained.