Friday, December 18, 2009

BIG & little's

Gourmet fast-food it may not be, but they sure do serve a mean chili and shrimp taco. My friend alerted me to this new hole in the wall a day before I read about it in The Dish. We are always looking for good cheap eats and this fit the bill. The menu is simple, one side has the fish dishes while the other has meat options. The three of us patrons ordered fish & chips ($8), Chili bowl ($5) and a shrimp taco ($3). The report on the fish & chips was positive, I stole a french fry to confirm. I ordered the shrimp tacos and asked for a side of chili to taste. Boy, for $3+ I had some real tasty food. The chili was down right nasty good, full of beans, tomoato chunks, corn and meat. I'm a huge chili fan and this makes me want to go back for more. The nacho cheese topping added a little creative touch that I appreciated as well. Following the chili I attacked my shrimp taco with speed. The first thing I noticed was the light and zesty citrus sauce and lettuce topping. It really made the taco feel refreshing, even on a blustery freezing rain night in Chicago. After those two dishes you'd think I would be happy to leave with good food in the belly. Well I wasn't quite in the mood to leave yet so I turned around from the counter (the place has 8 stools for the counter and is 5ft wide) and ordered (per the suggestion from "BIG") the crab tostada ($4). I probably didn't need any more food but I wanted to give them business and try more items. What I really didn't need was the free course of fish tacos that "little" brought out for all of us to try. Unfortunately I needed the fish taco even less because I didn't think it was nearly as good as the shrimp. There was a nice topping of bright purple cabbage that made the dish more fun, but it also came with a lot of orange spicy tartar sauce that I could have done without. And then, after all of that food, my order of crab tostada arrived. Needless to say I wasn't hungry anymore, but I did my duty to explore the menu. Again, I should have stopped after the shrimp taco. The crab meat just didn't seem to have much flavor of anything. It looked like it was prepared well, but I couldn't taste it.
At the end of the day, I would go back (though it isn't the easiest place to get to) and recommend other people check out this cool outpost from a former Hell's Kitchen contestant. I may not have loved the fish tacos or tostada, but the chili was amazing and the shrimp tacos are second to none. I would try the fish & chips, chili dog or anything else. Check it out for lunch if you are in the neighborhood, or grab something on the way home. If I did not mention earlier, the value is ridiculous. Other critics have said they charge too little and I'd have to agree. Go now before they realize, or go now for good food.

Amazing Chili

Tasty Shrimp Taco

Completely unnecessary tostada

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