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Big Bowl

Chinese Restaurant, Noodle House, and Thai Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • Venu T.
    "Panang curry chicken n pomegranate ginger ale must!!"(7 Tips)
    Nicki J.
    "I love the potstickers & chicken dumplings!"(15 Tips)
    Adriana
    "Pomegranate ginger ale, shrimp summer rolls, panang curry :) very..."(3 Tips)
    Kait B.
    "Beef lettuce wraps are great!"(3 Tips)
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  • Sullivan J.
    Sullivan JohnsonAugust 30, 2014
    1st time going there and it was so good, great staff, good food, free wifi, and fast. After ordering, when's to the bathroom to was my hands and the food was already out on the table!!👌👍
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Golden shrimp toast: One of those unexpected unions of two foods. A more proper description might be shrimp French toast: minced shrimp on white bread, coated with egg and deep fried. Read more
  • Susan K.
    Susan KingJanuary 28, 2015
    Love it! Nice appetizers so I rarely order an entree. You must have the gingerale - real ginger spice!
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Lettuce Entertain YouJanuary 29, 2014
    Get rewarded at Big Bowl! Earn points on every purchase toward meals, trips & wine. Ask your server about the Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club! Read more
  • Robert M.
    Robert MullenSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Great spot for appetizers, drinks and dinner. They are running specials on their appetizers between 3-6 pm. I luv the chicken satay and chicken potstickers - especially with the plum sauce. Yum!
  • Charlie F.
    Charlie FerreiraJanuary 4, 2012
    Seems the Gluten free choice was a bit overwhelming with the orange flavor...also be careful with the extra spicy stuff. They go all in on spicy. Ginger ales were good.
  • Rudy S.
    Rudy SmartassAugust 16, 2012
    Simply a great restaurant. Nice to go around brunch time but can be busy during late afternoons. Nice decor and fantastic asian food.
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaApril 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Fiery Chicken Dumplings to start. Thai hot pepper chicken as entree. Wash it down with a Sapporo or the local Three Floyd's on draft.
  • Cate C.
    Cate C.January 25, 2011
    Love the way Lettuce Entertain You restaurants handle their gluten free offerings. Also, used the Foursquare special and got a free ginger ale. Awesomeness.
  • Katherine P.
    Katherine PontingJuly 14, 2012
    If you're an adventurous eater with no allergies or picky little requirements, ask your server/ bartender to surprise you. Not a bad dish on the menu.
  • Juhee A.
    Juhee AggarwalMay 27, 2012
    The best food!! Try a chefs dinner the next time you are there! You choose your protein and sauce!!
  • Abbie G.
    Abbie GrinerMarch 19, 2016
    Veggie potstickers are sooo good! I love how well they cater to food allergies, so so accommodating.
  • Saija L.
    Saija LehtoJune 11, 2010
    Try chicken potstickers, they come with three delicious dipping sauce and as a main course, take a speciality Thai beef lettuce wraps - h-e-a-v-e-n on earth! Read more
  • jef M.
    jef McClimansNovember 17, 2014
    Exactly the lunch I was looking for. Also they have their own beer.
  • Adriana
    AdrianaJuly 9, 2015
    Pomegranate ginger ale, shrimp summer rolls, panang curry :) very fresh, great service.
  • Muriel L.
    Muriel Long WeemsDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pomegranate ginger ale, hot and sour soup and chicken potstickers was delicious.
  • Karthik G.
    Karthik GarimellaSeptember 8, 2013
    Try their spicy green chilli sause ... the best hot sauce I have ever had!
  • Haydon D.
    Haydon DaweApril 18, 2013
    Potstickers are great. Hot pot shrimp extremely impressive. Good clean flavours
  • Okimak
    OkimakAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the pad thai extra hot for an awesome kick! The spare rib appetizer is delish.
  • Macs V.
    Macs VinsonJanuary 17, 2015
    When they say spicy they actually mean spicy. Also the orange chicken is bomb
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    Big BowlApril 15, 2014
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  • John B.
    Had the pad Thai and the yellow curry chicken. Both were great!
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodAugust 10, 2014
    The whole menu - it's quick, tastes great. Always enjoy eating here.
  • Daria E.
    Daria EvtukhovaJune 27, 2015
    Huge portions as usual in Chicago but really tasty. Feels like truly Asian
  • Kayla F.
    Kayla FiloMay 4, 2012
    Also, watch out! The veggie potstickers have peanuts in them. The menu DOESN'T warn you!!
  • jacklyn K.
    jacklyn KrolJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stir fry is awesome! And the lemonades are incredible!
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Spice your Meatless Monday up a little with Big Bowl's Spicy Thai Green Vegetable Curry. Guaranteed to add a kick to your day.
  • Vale S.
    Vale Salvador UauyJune 3, 2013
    Wonderful pad thai! Similar to those you can find in Thailand
  • Tobie B.
    Tobie BlackMay 12, 2012
    The Steak and Noodles sauce is really salty. But the chicken pot stickers are delicious.
  • Kait B.
    Kait BrookingNovember 29, 2011
    Beef lettuce wraps are great! Friendly servers and great food!
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WellsMarch 7, 2014
    Some of the best Pad Thai I've ever had. Fantastic service!
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Barbecue Heirloom Spareribs.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SteigerSeptember 9, 2012
    We had great service. Okay food. Mango cocktail was okay but wish I'd gotten a drink with the in-house made ginger ale.
  • Nicki J.
    Nicki JJuly 9, 2010
    I love the potstickers & chicken dumplings! The stir fry is some of the best I've ever had but parking is a pain. Read more
  • Wyckd L.
    Wyckd LindaDecember 16, 2014
    Come early for lunch, it gets crowded fast.
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaJune 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order spicy sesame peanut noodles as appetizer. You'll thank me !
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CarterJune 13, 2013
    The least expensive food you'll ever get from Patricia Yeo! Still very delicious!!!p
  • Earth Hour Illinois 2012
    Big Bowl is 1 among more than 200 Illinois buildings & landmarks, 20 downtown hotels and 12 museums & theaters participating in Earth Hour 2011. Click "more info" to check-in Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Big Bowl is nominated for Most Inspired Kids' Menu in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at timeoutchicagokids.com/awards!
  • REllis
    REllisJuly 5, 2013
    Always friendly staff. Always 1st class service.
  • Mike G.
    Mike GMay 4, 2013
    The chicken Bahn Mi is where it's at, son!
  • Kayla F.
    Kayla FiloMay 4, 2012
    Stirfry chefs screwed up my order and gave my vegetables to my partner and vice versa. The food was okay once we got everything straightened out, but it's nothing I couldn't make at home.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]November 28, 2011
    Orange Chicken is always a safe bet from a Chinese restaurant that's owned by Chili's...
  • Rishabh A.
    Rishabh AgrawalApril 15, 2013
    Get a stir fry and request for an extra sauce on the side.
  • Agatha
    AgathaDecember 18, 2009
    I've had the lettuce wraps here before & they're really good, but last night, I tried the shrimp pad thai, and it was just way too lemony for me!
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NewmanAugust 29, 2014
    I prefer to pick something spicy off the menu rather than create my own.
  • Zee A.
    Zee AMarch 15, 2012
    From left to right our ginger ales: pomegranate , fresh squeezed orange, green tea, and passion fruit!
  • chris m.
    chris millerJuly 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    It's not on the new menu but if you ask for the spicy schezuan cashew shrimp they'll make it for you. My Favorite!
  • Venu T.
    Venu ThangalapallySeptember 7, 2014
    Panang curry chicken n pomegranate ginger ale must!!
  • Max M.
    Max MoellerOctober 20, 2016
    Delicious. A bit expensive but really good.
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterJuly 15, 2015
    Solid food but nothing special. The stir fries are the way to go; portion sizes are hefty.
  • Kanwar S.
    Kanwar SandhuMarch 16, 2012
    free wifi! Free pot stickers! This place is great =)
  • Vijetha K.
    Vijetha KumarDecember 31, 2014
    Epic potstickers, stir fry bar, pad thai!
  • Susan P.
    Susan PraterAugust 14, 2010
    Nice kids menu! Great price and value. They even have kids chopsticks!
  • Rishabh A.
    Rishabh AgrawalApril 15, 2013
    Spicy chicken pot stickers a must try!
  • Ann M.
    Ann McGregorMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for pick pockets! My wallet was stolen at this location.
  • Truddi G.
    Truddi GoldweinerJune 30, 2013
    Potsticker combo you gotta try them three different dipping sauces
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 3, 2014
    Order the house-made ginger ale.
  • Margaret E.
    Margaret EssaryApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check in for the potstickers ~ they'll let you substitute any app, too!
  • Debbie T.
    Debbie TeufelAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit by the window. It is quieter.
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HoytJune 23, 2013
    Great service and delicious Pad Thai.
  • Joost O.
    Joost OostingAugust 13, 2010
    Chicken panang curry! THE best chicken curry I had in like ever!!
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WhittingtonSeptember 8, 2012
    Discount if you show them a room key from a nearby hotel
  • Flirzelkwerp
    FlirzelkwerpDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I wish one of the entrées was "Tons-and-Tons-O-Potstickers."
  • Muriel L.
    Muriel Long WeemsDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken potstickers and hot and sour soup.
  • Okimak
    OkimakMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the chicken pad thai extra spicy, with extra egg, and extra lime wedges.
  • Truddi G.
    Truddi GoldweinerJune 30, 2013
    The pomegranate breeze is delicious
  • Jalil A.
    Jalil AhadJanuary 12, 2011
    Create your own stir fry w/ salmon...best on the menu
  • Lettuce Entertain You
    Lettuce Entertain YouMarch 22, 2012
    The potstickers are a must!
  • Flirzelkwerp
    FlirzelkwerpNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The bathroom has the most AWESOME SINK EVER!!
  • Cole G.
    Cole GarrettFebruary 19, 2011
    They dont have bottled water, but the service is sub par and the food is not great. 20 minutes after we ordered they told us one of our meals was sold out, and that it sold out 30 mins ago...terrible
  • Chao S.
    Chao SunAugust 13, 2012
    The food here's is really great!
  • scott R.
    scott RMay 9, 2012
    Try the Soft Shell Crab Pad Thai
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexApril 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Beef Lettuce wraps.
  • scott R.
    scott RMay 9, 2012
    Try the summer rolls
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SteinerJanuary 16, 2012
    AHW Seyval Blanc with the Panang Curry = amazeballs!
  • Marianee G.
    Spicy food. Good place
  • @steveGOgreen
    @steveGOgreenMay 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite restaurants. Love pretty much everything!
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CallesSeptember 22, 2013
    Vietnamese Soup is delicious!
  • SweetCaroline N.
    SweetCaroline NewmanApril 18, 2013
    The bathroom hand dryers are Dyson airblades! Ultra rad.
  • Subhro M.
    Subhro MJanuary 17, 2015
    Sesame chicken is awesome
  • Joel M.
    Joel MoralesMarch 3, 2010
    Awesome Panang Curry Chicken. Hibiscus tea is great too!!!
  • ☀Beach Drive Inn☀
    ☀Beach Drive Inn☀March 15, 2015
    Excellent service fwa
  • Deb O.
    Deb OestreicherFebruary 14, 2010
    Addictive Kung pao beef and great dumpling noodle soup.
  • Helderson A.
    Helderson AndradeOctober 8, 2012
    Good food and nice place.
  • Richelle M.
    Richelle Mon BonnOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the coconut pumpkin pie, its yummy!
  • Nick H.
    Nick HawkinsMarch 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The spicy sesame peanut noodles are amazing.
  • Theresa H.
    Theresa HJuly 30, 2011
    Steak & noodles - A+++
  • Cia
    CiaApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    rocking deal off overpriced Mag Mile. Thai mojitos RULE- they use all the Thai herbs. Awesome.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AnastFebruary 2, 2015
    Basically just overpriced food court Chinese. Save yourself the time and money and head to Panda Express.
  • Sumit J.
    Sumit JohriMarch 31, 2013
    Love the chicken Dumplings
  • Zee A.
    Zee AMarch 15, 2012
    Try the ginger ale!
  • Elly
    EllyAugust 23, 2015
    nice Thai restaurant!
  • Otis G.
    Otis GilbertNovember 2, 2011
    My favorite restaurant EVER
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MJune 25, 2010
    Fried rice BBQ pork to die for!! :)
  • Bob S.
    Bob St ClaireOctober 26, 2015
    Good pan Asian. Not great, but solid.
  • Adriana G.
    Adriana GuerraSeptember 22, 2013
    Looooove it!!!
  • Zee A.
    Zee AMarch 15, 2012
    Luke N. is the best server ever ;)
  • Bill P.
    Bill PeelerNovember 23, 2009
    Go to Big Bowl and get the Panang Curry Chicken - it will change your life.
  • Nic B.
    Nic BerrySeptember 24, 2014
    Kung Pao Chicken
  • Charles B.
    Charles BaloupMay 18, 2015
    Pues mas o menos. guisados con pocos sabor y otros saturados con dulces . arroz frito mal condimentado. dips de pasts y rellenos sin sabores. lugar relativamente agradable y buen servicio.no regresare
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