RESTAURANT NAME: Big Star
CITY, COUNTRY: Wicker Park - Chicago, IL USA
BEST FOR: Groups
RECOMMENDED DAY AND TIME TO VISIT: A sunny summer weekend afternoon (for sprawling patio seating) or a late Saturday winter night for a casual meal with friends.
AVERAGE PRICE PER P/MEAL: Cash only, $12-$20 + drinks (they have a Bible of whiskeys ranging from $6-$25)
ATMOSPHERE: Boisterous and casual, but trendy
AVERAGE WAITING TIME FOR MEAL: 45 minutes to an hour to sit, 5 to 10 minutes for food
BEST STARTERS: The Queso Fundido, salty melted cheese garnished with herbs and house-made chorizo served with fresh tortillas (but also excellent with tortilla chips).
BEST MAINS: Taco al pastor - grilled pineapple and cilantro provided a burst of flavour alongside soft, juicy spit roasted pork shoulder. Tostada de hongos, or stewed mushrooms, comes with goat cheese and summer greens.
BEST DESSERTS: No dessert on the menu.
WHAT DOES THE DRINK MENU OFFER: A never-ending list of whiskeys, tequila, local beers and staff draft selections, and classic cocktails including margaritas (which you can get in a pitcher for $37).
DO YOU NEED TO BOOK A TABLE: You can't
WHO GOES THERE? Young Chicagoans looking for a fun and cheap dinner and foodies following the ventures of chef Paul Kahan.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Happening and fun late night taco joint with great drinks.
WHERE IS IT? 1531 N Damen, Chicago, IL 60622, +1 (773) 235-4039, bigstarchicago.com