Big Jones
Big Jones

Big Jones

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigjoneschicago.com/
  • Phone: (773) 275-5725
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday–Friday: 11am–10pm ; Saturday: 9am–10pm ; Sunday: 9am–9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Paul Fehribach
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balmoral
  • Public Transit: Clark bus, Damen bus (on Ashland), Berwyn 'L' stop on Red Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We don't have valet or private parking. We recommend street parking on Clark St. or side streets. Please do not park in the Calo lot across the street, or behind Big Jones.

    There is ample bike parking in Andersonville.
A word from Big Jones
Big Jones invites you to enjoy gracious Southern Hospitality for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Named a "Best New Restaurant" by Chicago Magazine, and rated 3 stars by Phil Vettel at the Chicago Tribune. We offer freshly home-made dishes featuring locally grown, organic, and pastured farm produce, and sustainable seafood.


Parties of six or more, please call us directly at (773) 275-5725.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Big Jones reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (120)fit for foodies (110)great for brunch (90)good for groups (36)special occasion (33)great for lunch (27)hot spot (24)romantic (23)great for outdoor dining (23)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • It was a pleasant surprise!!
    Ukno
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We were greeted quickly and warmly; the ambience was very pleasant; and, the food, while not quite the same as N.O. or the low country, everything was quite tasty. The duck tamales were innovative and delicous. Good find!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of the South in Andersonville
    BethKD
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    As recent transplants from Mississippi to Chicago, we were very excited to find Big Jones and enjoy true Southern fare. We'll be back, y'all!
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner -- as usual
    DaveinChicagoVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We celebrated the anniversary of our first meeting 34 years ago with dinner at Big Jones. Our server was excellent -- friendly, attentive, and paid attention to details. We had an appetizer that was essential three pea falafels -- quite delicious and beautifully presented. I had fish with greens and hush puppies (and was able to swap out the creamy grits for some tasty rice) while my husband enjoyed the mushroom special -- three very flavorful kinds of mushrooms -- also beautifully presented. We were too full to have dessert. All in all, a very nice meal and a great, low-key celebration!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up!
    JAK1VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We saw Big Jones on Check, Please and everyone really liked it. We agree with them. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was really tasty. We had the corn bread and crab cakes as a starter - both very good. I highly recommend the fried chicken - it is probably some of the best fried chicken I've had in the city. We also had the shrimp & grits (which were good but I liked the fried chicken better). I would recommend Big Jones to a friend - check it out!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was terrific, service was excellent
    Choirboy
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We went on a Saturday evening. We arrived early because we weren't sure about the parking situation (no lot or valet), but it turned out to be not difficult to find parking along Clark Street. They seated us immediately, and service was friendly, attentive and helpful throughout the evening. Thinking that bourbon would be the right pairing for the cuisine, we started with a Sazerac and an old-fashioned, both pretty good. The food is traditional Southern American staples with elevated and imaginative twists, and it was terrific. Top-notch cornbread, great grits, french fries cooked in ham fat that should not be missed. A pickle platter starter dish was interesting and tasty. Perfect crab cakes. Pea fritters that were like very well-executed falafel. All entrees that we tried were excellent: fried chicken, pork two ways (including an unbelievable deep-fried pork-liver pate), fried fish, pork sandwich with mustard sauce. The desserts were not home runs but were singles and doubles. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choices and authentic NOLA food with a spin
    JBChicago
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Excellent service. Noisy enough to feel your conversation was private, but you weren't shouting. Lots of authentic NOLA choices, but with a farm-to-table approach. Ingredients were super fresh and foods were not over-salted (something that drives me crazy at "good" restaurants." Healthy choices and less healthy (but tasty!) choices abound. Try the crab cakes! And if they have it, sweet potato soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service, fun neighborhood
    Hap7883
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Prior to attending a comedy show at pH Productions in Andersonville, our group had dinner at Big Jones. I had hears many good things about the menu, and the appetizers, cocktails, entrees and desserts all lived up to their good reputation. What puts this place over the top for me is the great atmosphere - a homey feeling - anchored by a genuinely gracious and accommodating staff. There are so many cute shops and theaters in the area, too - I look forward to returning to Big Jones and Andersonville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Great New Orleans inspired Cuisine. Nice open space, not over decorated, good service and the cuisine is very good. Shrimp and Grits were better than what I had in NOLA. Bourbon list is one of the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mikey
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    So disappointed. Our dinner was hit or miss; bread pudding was a hit, shrimp and grits were a miss. Cocktails were tiny, needed more ice and it took forever to get them. Maybe a second bartender was needed on a busy Saturday night? Our server was harried and disinterested and only became somewhat friendly toward the end of the meal. At one point. after waiting for our cocktails for at least ten minutes (we sat 5' from the bar), we observed our server folding napkins at the service area. On several occasions, our server walked away from our table while we were asking questions. We thought we caught Big Jones on a bad night and were going to return, but in retrospect, there are so many other restaurants waiting for their chance. Nothing kills a good restaurant experience more than poor service.
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  • Just plain yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great southern cooking with attention to detail. Loved to Tasso and pimento cheese; unusual but spectacular gumbo (the darkest roux I've ever had) but the andouille is perfect. BUT don't miss the best fried chicken I've ever tasted.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Piece of the South
    game4allseasonsVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The problem with Big Jones is not the care or freshness or the ingredients of the food preparations. The problem is the style of cuisine. This cuisine is partly southern cooking, partly Cajun and probably something else.Although everything was fine, it was not my preference and I felt that others who raved about the restaurant went overboard.
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  • A mixed bag...
    Atomicscott
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I went to Big Jones a few nights ago with some friends. It was a slow night in the restaurant...we were one of only 4 groups around 7:30pm. I had been there a couple of years ago, but a new review on Check Please! prompted a new visit. Service started as friendly, but it soon became apparent that service was slow when it took forever to bring our drinks. The appetizers and entrees were solid (the sweet potato soup was outstanding), but again it took forever to get our dessert order. I was served coffee that was cold...and when the waitress brought back a refill, she noted that if I wanted more, they would have to make a fresh pot (they should have done that without asking). Big Jones not inexpensive...I expect more from a fine restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • overrated
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We heard Big Jones was the place to go for Southern food and hospitality. We were not impressed. Our waitress seemed distracted and not focused on providing a unique dining experience. The food itself was marginal and overpriced. I the pork sandwich that tasted like it was drowned in vinegar. My wife said the fried chicken was ok, but she'd had better chicken from Popeye's. Mediocre food and service. We won't be back.
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  • Fantastic for brunch
    UptownChowDown
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The brunch menu is extensive and everything on it looks delicious. And beignet starters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My First Visit
    MissSparkle2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The catfish, beans n' rice was good but the plantains were a little bit hard, the house made hot chocolate was watered down - not impressed. Good service. On a Sunday, the later you go, the greater the crowds. I plan to return to try other dishes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally made it here...
    JKnight
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I had the fried chicken with a traditional sweet tea. The chicken was seasoned well & crispy, just the way I like it. I like my tea really sweet so the sweet tea was perfect. I've never had greens that good at a restaurant. They were seasoned with vinegar and ham bone, if I can recall correctly. The vinegar gave them a nice "kick". I ordered the fried green tomatoes & skillet cornbread as appetizers. Both were great. The fried green tomatoes were topped with a creamy sauce & shrimp. Very interesting spin on this dish. It tasted great. The cornbread was good also. We had the molasses cake for dessert. It was okay. It was served on top of a very tart applesauce which I didn't care for. Overall, the dinner was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    HappyDayzVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    One of our fav restaurant to have brunch almost every Sunday. From the friendly host, great server and attentive busser to the delicious foods on the menu. Egg New Orleans is one of our Fav dish. Don't skipped the complimentary Beignets it's served fresh and warm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude Hosts
    dininginNOVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The bartender and server were great, but the hosts were horrendous. Because of their rude behavior towards my group, I would never go here again. It's unfortunate that a restaurant would have people like this at the front, makes for a bad first impression and leaves a bad taste in your mouth on the way out. Basically, the hosts neglected to seat my party, although we had a reservation, and proceeded to seat all other patrons. When I asked why he didn't seat us, he said, "Your table was ready, you can sit at it." Not sure why my party was treated differently, but unfortuantely I will not recommend this restaurant to others because of this.
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  • tasty Southern food
    ArcadiaTerrace
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A more sophisticated version of Southern comfort food. I'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • malvin
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had the New Orleans eggs benedictand it was quite good. They brought free beignets. Thumbs up!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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  • They do brunch right!
    WD72VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The coffee was delicious, the bloody's had bite, but the food (brunch) at Big Jones is really something to write about. Although we had to wait longer than expected to be seated (after the time of our reservation), the food--once it arrived--was truly sumptuous and absolutely delicious. Big Jones does brunch right!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Southern American Food
    LovesGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Two friends were visiting from London and I wanted them to taste Southern cooking, without me doing the work. They thoroughly enjoyed the fried chicken cooked in leaf lard and said it was the best chicken they had ever eaten. Each also raved about the falafel and gumbo yaya. GREAT JOB BIG JONES. Now on to my meal. The duck tamales were overcooked so the masa was hard and I had to use a knife to cut through it. My catfish on the other hand was not cooked enough so the light breading (much appreciated than heavy breading) was not tan, but still beige so was a little gummy. All three of us agreed that the collard greens had so much vinegar that you couldn't taste the vegetable, only vinegar bitterness.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Wonderfully Unique Brunch Spot
    Sara
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We loved the menu…it's really unlike any other brunch joint in Chicago! Such good food and richly complex tastes. This northerner loved a bit of southern food love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KPLNeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Big Jones was a big hit. It was a blend of gentteel Southern charm and sensibility (all the good stuff the south has to offer) - turned into something fresh, contemporary, and satisfying on all sorts of levels ... the place is easy on the eye, wows you with the food and service... Next time I'm in Chicago I will make a point of returning. Beste of all it isn't the least bit pretentious.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    Diner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Brunch for six. We were seated just after the last of us arrived, and the service was execllent: prompt, friendly, attentive without being instrusive -- right on the mark. My friends all LOVED their food (Posole, Eugene's Breakfast, Spoon Bread, among others). I enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits but wasn't knocked out by it -- will try something else another time, but will definitely come back for another time! Lovely atmosphere here. I'd happily sit with coffee and dessert for a good long time. Thanks, Big Jones!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good energy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Make a reservation for Sunday brunch, then enjoy really good food, decent vegetarian choices as well as Louisiana inspired dishes. I had the blue crab eggs benedict on popovers, decadent! Of course the beignets are to die for!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Southern cooking
    Hard2WantVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A friend was in town from Brazil and had never tried southern cooking (so we had to eat it all). The beignets, popovers, cornbread, and grits were all new taste experiences and she loved it. Big Jones has always been great eats and especially when the fall / winter weather drive those warm comfort food cravings.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Cajun Fare in the Windy City
    Branson4
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Worth the drive if you are in the city for 4/5 days, otherwise skip the drive from downtown. The Debris gravy was very tasty & the fried Boudin Cakes. The complimentary beingets were great, skip the Sally Lund bread or you'll need a to go box. Also, the Eggs New Orleans were quite good as well as the grits. I would've liked to browse the surrounding shops, but no time.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Night for All
    MitchEdge
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The server was complacent and knew no details about the menu or the wine list. My food - a cauliflower and pasta dish - arrived lukewarm with clumps of pasta. A friend's shrimp and grits looked like an appetizer portion and was surprisingly flavorless. I will not return and likely neither will he.
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  • Ross Cato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went here for my birthday and had a great time. Server was very kind and made the experience better
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • A rare comfort food find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Big Jones is a nice comfort/cajun resturant. Try the fried chicken and green tomatoes. Excellent. I could not believe the butter beans and turnip greens. Very original southern style. You will not be dissatified with menu options. Ohh try the Finch micro brew.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Really Wanted to Like it...
    ChedP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    First things first, let me say that the food here is pretty good and straightforward. The Boucherie tasting was the most exciting thing we had. Chicken was good but not 2nd best in the city as Thrillist claims. My biggest issue here is the service. Came on a Sunday afternoon, only two other tables occupied in the restaurant. Server took over 15 minutes to approach and take our drink order, which by that time we already knew what we wanted to eat. We ordered the Boucherie platter, and the pickle tasting as a side. Server failed to let us know that the same pickles were included on the platter already!!! So for another $9, we had pickle galore. Seriously? $130 for 3 ppl should warrant better service than this.
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  • GDog
    Gdog
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went for Brunch with a party of four. All 4 entrees were mediocre at best. Would not go again and would not recommend.
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  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food is so good and I loved the giant coffee mugs and sugar cubes. The server was a bit abrupt (slamming down glasses and plates) but it could be because they were busy.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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  • Average-tasting and over-priced
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been here at least half a dozen times. I really enjoyed the fried chicken boarding house lunch the first time I visited, but each time I've gone back, I've enjoyed my meals less. For example, my sunny-side up eggs with the Cajun breakfast had clear raw egg white on top. That was the only memorable part of the meal. Still, I keep giving Big Jones chances. After Thursday, I will no longer. My food (burger, Sally Lunn, and gumbo) was okay. I had a sample of bourbon through the passport program. When I used my A La Card (giving me $10 off if I order at $25 of food), I was told that to use it, I would be charged $5 for the "free" bourbon. I was on my way to a show, so I couldn't question it. Frustrating, since the food wasn't great.
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  • A Delicious Treasure
    Diner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Big Jones. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Impressive!
    OvidPDX
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great southern flavors. The service was very attentive. I will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • nonameVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went there for brunch. Cocktails were great; Eggs New Orleans was amazing! The hash browns on the side were ok. I wish I had tried the grits on the side in place of them.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food - not so great service
    MeiggVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were really looking forward to trying Big Jones - hoping to try the fried chicken - apparently not available at brunch. The cocktails were very good, and so was my omelette and the gumbo my husband ordered. The problem was the service. The server was very rushed, and it seemed like we were annoying him when we wanted a second round of drinks, etc. When the meal arrived, we were told that the biscuits (which he told my husband to order instead of the cornbread) would be another 15 minutes. I actually finished my omelette before my husband got the biscuits. My husband had 3 bites of gumbo left when they arrived. When we were given our check the waiter did say he took them off the bill.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    Luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of my friends had gone with a group of 14 and raved about it. I went with him and was looking for this fab meal. Maybe too much hype? We and the "famous" fried chicken. Good, but not the best I've had. The sides that came with it were so-so. We ordered the Pea Falafel (nothing special), Andouille Sausage (not authentic), Pimento Cheese (pretty good) and the Sally Lunn Bread (the only thing I would highly recommend). I guess all I would say was I'm glad I went, but would not make the trip to go back and my friend, who originally raved, agreed. Maybe the experience of going with a big group gave a different impression.
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    good for groups
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