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Big Jones

Big Jones

Southern Food Restaurant and Cajun and Creole Restaurant$$$$
Andersonville, Chicago
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    "Andouille Bloody Marys, Beignet and Fried Green Tomatoes Heaven!"(18 Tips)
    laura h.
    "Try the Eggs New Orleans"(6 Tips)
    Robert R.
    "... Toast! Chef & co-owner Paul Fehribach' s Coastal Southern Cooking is amazing..."(3 Tips)
    Eater
    "... staples such as gumbo, shrimp & grits and the popular Eggs New..."(9 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 30, 2016
    Weekend brunch features staples such as gumbo, shrimp & grits and the popular Eggs New Orleans, a riff on eggs benedict with blue crab cakes. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    This spot has been around a while, but its new Boarding House lunch (with juicy fried chicken) hearty brunch platters and dishes culled from decades and centuries-old recipes has given it new life. Read more
  • Morsel
    MorselNovember 13, 2014
    In need of an award-winning cheeseburger? You've come to the right place. Order the Pimiento Cheese Burger. perfect for a weekly lunch or dinner ritual with a cold Begyle beer from the tap. Read more
  • Morsel
    MorselNovember 13, 2014
    Order the boozy pears, gooey cake, cookies and ice cream. Boozy pears and cakes are heated for service, with a basting of molasses. The almond ice cream is simply raw almonds steeped in cream. Read more
  • Morsel
    MorselNovember 13, 2014
    Get the wood-grilled duck tamales with chocolate mole. The mole is a simple purée of pecans, pumpkin seeds, benne seeds, sultana raisins, spices, chocolate, and a little gumbo gravy. Read more
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 25, 2016
    Eater '16 BEST FRIED CHX: bird soaks in herbed brine; dusted in flour coating & fine white cornmeal, gilded w/spices like sage and nutmeg; & finished in a combination of lard, ham drippings, & butter
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 29, 2015
    Yes, complimentary beignets are provided to welcome you in, while getting you in the mood for rich, southern, dishes inspired by New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Carolina Lowcountry, and Appalachia. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMarch 17, 2016
    In the mood for some good 'ol southern home-cooking? Head to Big Jones for everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to gumbo. And don't forget to try their delicious bread made in-house! Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMay 31, 2016
    Beaujolais Villages Vintage Rosé 2015 ($10). “It is beachy and delicious with a hint of wild strawberry and sea salt,” says manager Winter Colloton. Read more
  • Bobby K.heart icon on user image
    Bobby KennedyFebruary 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Eggs New Orleans (crab cakes and poached eggs on a popover) is incredible. Plus great cocktails and complimentary beignets for all!
  • JK
    JKAugust 15, 2021
    Try Cheddar-corn fritters with a chili pepper-vinegar dip and bread pudding & south-of-the-border slant on chicken and dumplings.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    The Toasted Pimiento Cheese Sandwich is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches--housemade Sally Lunn bread is loaded with butter and slathered with flavorful pimiento cheese.
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyDecember 31, 2021
    The mushrooms on grits were amazing! Will order those again! Garlicky bacon fat fries were okay, and the gumbo ya-ya and cornbread were a little less than okay.
  • Jaye J.heart icon on user image
    Jaye JalsoNovember 28, 2015
    Service was friendly and the food is as good as they say. Had the catfish and black beans for breakfast and it was delicious. Biscuits & gravy pretty good, but very different.
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    MikeAugust 2, 2015
    Best Cajun food I've ever had. Possibly one of the best brunch spots in the city. Make sure to try the biscuits and gravy - don't sleep on the Bloody Mary either.
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    Ed LevineFebruary 12, 2014
    You can't go wrong, no matter the choice! We had the blood sausage, salad, brussel sprouts, duck, flatiron steak and coconut creme pie. Service, atmosphere and food were absolutely fabulous.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 4, 2015
    A "Louisiana Mardi Gras Odyssey" will be the theme for this year's Restaurant Week menu. Alligator and andouille sauce, crawfish etouffee, gateaux de roix (king cake) among their great options. Read more
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    If you have a day off for lunch M-F, get the fried chicken meal for the whole table. So much food! Everything is great but the biscuits are meh. House hot chocolate was a wonderful surprise as well.
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockOctober 1, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Expect delicious beignets for the table but by all means try the salt & pepper biscuits because they are amazing! Delicious benedict, and coffee drinks!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 27, 2012
    Chicken cooked in ham hock–flavored lard and butter, in a cast-iron skillet. Crispy as hell, juicy as hell—this stuff is heaven. Biscuits had pie crust edges; mashed potatoes were rich with butter. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The sweet potato pone really takes the johnnycake. Mixed with bourbon-soaked bacon, it leans toward the savory side, though the corn crust could also serve as some solid tart material. Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 25, 2015
    Check out the seasonal pickle tasting plate including pickled watermelon rind, seasoned heavily with ginger and coriander. Read more
  • Andersonville Chamber Of Commerce
    Their family-style fried chicken lunch is guaranteed to put you (and the rest of your party) into a blissful, food-induced coma. It's a great deal for 3 meals' worth of food!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 21, 2012
    The chefs pay homage to Fat Tuesday Run, in which partyers run from house to house adding to a communal gumbo pot. This pot will include chicken, ham, alligator, crawfish and who knows what else. Read more
  • Kenny U.heart icon on user image
    Kenny UgelDecember 17, 2019
    The fried chicken and cocktails were amazing. Unfortunately, the hush puppies seemed overcooked and the cornbread was dry. I would love to come back for brunch though.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 17, 2012
    From that one-off Kentucky dinner (rice biscuits, pearl onion soup and mince pie) to the weekday lunch (fried chicken, greens, biscuits c. 1933), Big Jones is making history of any dining plans we had Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 22, 2012
    The Gumbo Ya-Ya ($12) is rooted in Cajun Country, outside New Orleans, where roux tends to be darker, edging toward black. A must-try! Read more
  • Chris S.heart icon on user image
    Chris SteeleOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The cocktails at Big Jones are worth every penny and then some. On Mondays though they're half the price, which makes everything right with the world.
  • John A.
    John AmundsenAugust 3, 2011
    Really good cajun food in A'ville. Particularly great for brunch - the Eggs New Orleans is basically Benedict with crab cakes. Also, beignets are served. The fried chicken is also quite nice.
  • Karen K.
    Karen KelleyMay 11, 2013
    The chef needs to learn how to cook collard greens. I am from the South and I have never seen nor eaten bright green collard greens. There's a reason why you cook them to death.
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    Daniel Di TomasoJanuary 23, 2015
    The chicken sandwich is by far the best I've ever had. Bloody Mary's are also good and spicy.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 24, 2012
    Housemade lard biscuits come topped with poached eggs and a distinctive cured-and smoked-in-house ham, simmered in Kilgus Farmstead cream and cut into thick slices. Read more
  • Lori O.
    Lori O.August 28, 2013
    We had a fabulous brunch! The food was super tasty yumminess and the cocktails were fun, interesting and delicious. Good service too!
  • Karen B.heart icon on user image
    Karen BowersMay 28, 2016
    Buckwheat banana pancakes with creme anglais and pecans are like dessert. So order some bacon to make it more savory.
  • Kirstjen L.heart icon on user image
    Kirstjen LorenzSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I think this place might be my favorite brunch in Chicago. Love the shrimp & grits. And those beignets are divine.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    Plan ahead! The fried chicken is delicious, but only available for lunch, and it takes 30 minutes to make.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJanuary 6, 2017
    This Andersonville restaurant would be worth putting on this list for its fried chicken alone, but Big Jones has so much more going on. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsMarch 21, 2012
    Light and airy popovers, blue crab cakes with poached eggs, free beignets while you wait: three reasons this is among the best brunches in the city. Read more
  • Kathryn H.
    Kathryn HDecember 19, 2010
    My new favorite brunch place in town. The food is fresh and comes out perfect every time. Try the corn cakes, they are gluten free and phenomenal! Delightful staff and atmosphere to boot.
  • Laura D.heart icon on user image
    Laura D.November 10, 2014
    Sweet potato pancakes and crawfish/andouille/cream cheese omelette were a little too good. Beignets while you wait for your food.
  • Erika D.heart icon on user image
    Erika DavisFebruary 13, 2016
    Fried chicken is a must. It's sooo delicious. Loved their jalapeño bread too. I can eat that forever.
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca LeeSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is AMAZING. I don't even have the words to express how phenomenally delicious it is. Eat here. If you don't you are truly missing out.
  • Jane B.
    Jane BlankFebruary 23, 2020
    Delicious food but be aware you will be booted out after 90 minutes, so don’t take a group of 7 who want to chat and haven’t seen each other in a long time.
  • Jennifer N.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer NewhamJuly 12, 2015
    Brunch - fantastic benedicts, French toast, omelettes, and great coffee and wonderful tea selection!
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SmoklerSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pickled vegetables plate is plenty big enough to share and a nice beginning to a meal with friends...
  • Amy R.heart icon on user image
    Amy RobertsonNovember 19, 2016
    Fabulous southern inspired food that isn't just fried and heavy
  • Laurenheart icon on user image
    LaurenFebruary 8, 2023
    Crab cakes & catfish were highlights. Desserts were good, too. Service was passable. Would come back.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 20, 2012
    Take advantage of the $25 "family meal" menu. It changes monthly and takes culinary history as inspiration: Read more
  • laura h.heart icon on user image
    laura honeycuttNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you see the hominy and farm egg scramble on the menu, do not pass go. GET IT. Heaven on a plate.
  • Christine A.
    Christine AllenJuly 18, 2010
    Walked by here on the way to another brunch spot, decided to give it a try. Well worth it. Great food and service. Beignets, sweet potato biscuits... miga and bucket pancakes.
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