About 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.
Chicago, IL 60640
American, Southern, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday: 11am–10pm ; Saturday: 9am–10pm ; Sunday: 9am–9pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Clark bus, Damen bus (on Ashland), Berwyn 'L' stop on Red Line
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Big Jones Ratings and Reviews
The corn fritters were moist on the inside and crispy outside with a wonderful corn sweetness. The duck legs were very tasty. The pickle sampler was interesting, but could have been better. My fried chicken and my wife's special fish were great. Our daughters got the shrimp and grits which I thought was only fair. The bread pudding was not good. Our waitress was attentive. Overall, we were happy with our meal, but not wowed.
First, I confess that my experience of Big Jones is limited. I've been several times, but only for weekend brunch, and I ALWAYS order the shrimp and grits. Until this weekend, that was enough to consistently put this place in my top 3 or 5 Chicago brunches. This time, however, the complimentary beignets were gooey, the sweet tea was syrupy, and the shrimp in my shrimp and grits were rubbery and flavorless. I won't be in a rush to return.
The service was VERY slow. We arrived well before the crowds, so there really wasn't a great reason for the almost non -existent service. My eggs Benedict and potatoes arrived not just room temperature, but nearly cold. No kidding. My husband's shrimp and grits were good. Just good. The shrimp were very small, almost sickly looking. They were cooked well, and not fishy, but for $17 we expected beautiful, large prawns. Very small pink shrimp (one size above tiny) . We were very disappointed in this meal, which is a shame since we've been wanting to go for a quite some time. We won't be back for brunch ever. Possibly dinner if we can't find any other option.
Service was good. Seated right away. Matt, our waiter was friendly and attentive. Got white bread, pickle sampler and cornbread skillet for appetizers. White bread was grainy, dry and just not very good. Pickled selections were small and just not very good. Cornbread skillet was pretty good. Our entrees were shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, and pulled pork po’ boy. The po’ boy was excellent and very good size. Chicken and dumplings just fair and a very small portion. The shrimp and grits were simply disgusting. The shrimp were cold, small and slimy. The grits were not smooth at all like the better dishes I’ve had in the Deep South. Instead, the grits were grainy and just not very good. It was like they were made from a package of instant grits. This place talks the talk with things like “sorghum butter” and “ham fat fried” mentioned on the menu, but the food just isn’t what they advertise. If you’ve ever had shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles in Charleston and are looking for a little of that in Chicago, you’ll be very disappointed. If you get dragged there by friends, I’d recommend the fried chicken. None of us got it but it looked and smelled pretty good going by our table. This is not even a reasonable facsimile of good southern food. Avoid.
I have eaten at Big Jones for years and have never had a bad meal. I've even eaten there for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas and again the prix fix meals are consistently delicious. The menu evokes Southern culture (my Mother was from the south); the cocktails are creative and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this place.
Food is bland and drinks are good. Had quite a few things , Gumbo ( no kick) almost flavorless, skillet corn bread was too mushy and not dense at all, crab cakes were well just crab cakes, not bad but nothing to sing about, corn fritters were interesting but where is the flavor??, then fried chicken, while it had a nice crunch to it was again too bland for a southern style restaurant. Not sure what the fuss is about this place.
Like other reviews I read, the food is southern based with a good and interesting menu but the service was stretched too thin causing waits and inattention. The gumbo was built on a deep roux but after that it bore no real resemblance to a traditional Louisiana gumbo. The cocktails were good, the night was chilly and the chicken and dumplings was a good comfort food for the occassion. The dumplings had a good chew like a southern dumpling should. The cornbread was a highlight. A nice cozy atmosphere, its worth a visit but put your patience hat on.
We have been to this restaurant several times, so I feel this review is fair. Very slow service all three times. The food has always been average, but we love Louisiana fare, and we hoped to have a better experience, so we kept trying. On our last visit — and this will definitely be the last visit — one of the dishes was burned. When we requested it be sent back, the waiter argued with us that it wasn’t burned, that was just the Louisiana style. We are from Louisiana and know the difference between a dark roux, which we love, and burned roux, which was served. This restaurant is expensive, the food is average, and the service is slow. We have put it on our NO list.
We went to Big Jones based on reviews and while our entrée was very good, the starter and dessert were very underwhelming! We started with the cornbread and while it was good, we've had much better. In fact, we make Jiffy at home and like it better. The honey butter that comes with it was very good...in fact, we asked for more because I'm not sure I would have even bothered with the cornbread had it not been for the butter. The Butcher's Port Duet was excellent! We ordered two desserts (bread pudding and some kind of tres leches inspired chocolate cake) were just ehhhh. Ice cream on chocolate cake was really good. Based on our experience, I'm not sure we would even be open to trying Big Jones again.
My friend and I met here for brunch...food was delicious!! How can you beat warm beignets brought to the table while you wait for your food!! We both had their version of eggs Benedict one with Ham and one with crab cakes and they were both phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back and try dinner!! Highly recommended!!
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