Big Star is Paul Kahan’s latest creation and his first attempt at “fast food.”A blending of a Taqueria with the spirit of Honky Tonk and topped off with a dash of hip, Big Star offers a rough-sleek decor, more-ish eats, and an incredible beer list, to boot. To make it more enticing, it’s cheap. We all know that cheap and good are not always synonymous, but, in this case, they are and it’s damn-near perfect.
I believe between the two Mod City Moms, we’ve tried everything on the concise, but wonderful menu including the elusive, Sonarian Hot Dog—a dog wrapped in bacon and smothered in onions, pinto beans, and hot sauce (my nephew swears by it).Our personal favorites include the Tacos De Rajas De Poblano (roasted Poblano peppers and cheese taco), Frijoles Charros (pinto beans stewed in bacon and served with tortillas), and a spicy pork shoulder soup that is to die for.I’m asking for it on my last meal on earth.
Most items cost less than five dollars and the beer list, comprised mostly of local and Southern California micro brews, is outstanding. Don’t miss Stone IPA or, better yet, a Port-Brewing selection, priced at a mere four bucks and, if you’re into bloody beer, try the house version—the Michilada made with salsa, lime, and Tecate—yum!
Crowds can be a bit rambunctious on the weekends for families, but lunch is mostly local hipsters and folks who work in the neighborhood—perfect for the kiddies.Big Star is cash only and very busy on evenings—best to go early if you want a seat. Details: www.bigstarchicago.com