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Big Jones

Big Jones

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
Andersonville, Chicago
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  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockOctober 1
    Expect delicious beignets for the table but by all means try the salt & pepper biscuits because they are amazing! Delicious benedict, and coffee drinks!
  • Antonio B.
    Shrimp 🍤 and grits!!!! I'm a New Orlean and this place reminded me of home #whodat
  • Antonio B.
    Shrimp and grits!!!!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathFebruary 17
    Chef Paul Fehribach was nominated for Best chef: Great Lakes 2017 James Beard Award.
  • Chicago Tribune
    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
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonNovember 19, 2016
    Fabulous southern inspired food that isn't just fried and heavy
  • 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
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GoffJune 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing restaurant. Not your average southern place.
  • 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
  • Karen B.
    Karen BowersMay 28, 2016
    Buckwheat banana pancakes with creme anglais and pecans are like dessert. So order some bacon to make it more savory.
  • Aimee
    AimeeMay 13, 2016
    The food was ok. I ordered the benedict (on a biscuit instead of a popover) and was the only person happy with my food.
  • 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
  • maite a.
    maite aMay 1, 2016
    Everything is good
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoApril 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best places for fried chicken
  • 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
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoFebruary 29, 2016
    Souther cooking at its best from the fried chicken to the homemade charcuterie
  • Laura R.
    Laura RokitaFebruary 16, 2016
    Have to get the fried chicken!
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisFebruary 13, 2016
    Fried chicken is a must. It's sooo delicious. Loved their jalapeño bread too. I can eat that forever.
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyFebruary 10, 2016
    Eggs New Orleans (crab cakes and poached eggs on a popover) is incredible. Plus great cocktails and complimentary beignets for all!
  • 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
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckDecember 23, 2015
    The fried chicken is awesome, but brunch is the best time to go
  • Jaye J.
    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.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerSeptember 13, 2015
    Pickled vegetables plate is plenty big enough to share and a nice beginning to a meal with friends...
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioAugust 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.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewhamJuly 12, 2015
    Brunch - fantastic benedicts, French toast, omelettes, and great coffee and wonderful tea selection!
  • David D.
    David DemareeMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pimiento cheese burger is great.
  • Sabina K.
    Sabina KajtezovicMay 16, 2015
    Shrimp and grits, biscuits, fried plantains. Butter is in everything.
  • 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
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillApril 10, 2015
    Bring your appetite. Plenty of good choices.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daniel D.
    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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • Laura D.
    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.
  • Kristy F.
    Kristy FramkeNovember 6, 2014
    Catfish, comfort food, cocktails, beignets
  • EJ E.
    EJ EllisOctober 8, 2014
    I loved this place ask to eat outside, if it's nice weather.
  • Chris S.
    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.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 14, 2014
    Slow service. Free beignets but they're denser than others.
  • Kirstjen L.
    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.
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleAugust 30, 2014
    Great brunch. Beignets served with every meal
  • Peyton
    PeytonAugust 23, 2014
    Corn cakes. Best brunch dish I may have ever had in all my days.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GodfreyAugust 16, 2014
    Good food! Four Square recommended it to me!
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonAugust 8, 2014
    Everything is fantastic here.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Marianne Sundquist, chef of Mess Hall & Co., eats here on her nights off. She loves the Shrimp & grits. 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
  • Ed L.
    Ed LevineMarch 24, 2014
    Can't go wrong here, no matter what you order, but I recommend making reservations.
  • Ed L.
    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.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The pimiento cheeseburger at Big Jones is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. http://tmout.us/rLOtk
  • 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!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine MeyerJuly 13, 2013
    I found their collard greens to be very bitter - would recommend you avoid those. The corn bread is delicious though.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth W.July 7, 2013
    Meh - not worth it. My husband ordered OJ & received a mimosa. Good thing he isn't a recovering alcoholic! My order was totally wrong and by the time correct order came my husband was already done.
  • Larry H.
    Larry HallJuly 6, 2013
    Took my partner for his BDay and we won't be back. Food poisoning for the both of us! While it could've been that one time, it only leaves one to guess how unclean that kitchen/staff are. #disgust
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WJune 21, 2013
    Beef fat fries! Oh my!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chico L.
    Chico LansiriApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you love brown liquor - join the Bourbon Society. Try all 46 whiskeys!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CarsonApril 14, 2013
    Lamb is amazing.. Highly recommended!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    Trust us, you don’t want even a morsel of the Pimiento cheeseburger to go anywhere but in your mouth. http://tmoutchi.us/YmTIHi Read more
  • William T.
    William TroutmanMarch 17, 2013
    The Venison Sausage rules!
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Eggs New Orleans
  • Daniel N.
    Daniel NJanuary 20, 2013
    Great brunch. Have the gumbo.
  • Ro S.
    Ro SandovalJanuary 11, 2013
    Must have fried chicken. Yup fried chicken. Who knew??
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The antebellum rice waffle, with potted duck, pecans and sage, is to die for
  • Tiffany Y.
    Tiffany YoungJanuary 2, 2013
    Taste like home!
  • Jenni M.
    Jenni MoyDecember 7, 2012
    Boarding House Lunch is the best fried chicken meal up north.
  • David B.
    David BellDecember 5, 2012
    Hungry anyone? Get your southern on here!
  • 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!
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you see the hominy and farm egg scramble on the menu, do not pass go. GET IT. Heaven on a plate.
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You won't be disappointed with the corn griddle cakes. Amazingly good!
  • Ben M.
    Ben MundtNovember 1, 2012
    Toasted Pimiento Cheese
  • 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.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 26, 2012
    Visit Andersonville’s Big Jones to find out what chicken and dumplings tasted like in the 1920s: Read more
  • Mightybytes
    MightybytesJuly 23, 2012
    Located below Mightybytes' HQ, Big Jones serves up Coastal Southern American Cuisine focusing on fresh, locally grown and sustainable ingredients. Read more
  • Doug L.
    Doug LytleJuly 4, 2012
    Chicken and Waffles are a must..
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • adrianna j.
    adrianna jangApril 28, 2012
    creole eggs & ham benedict. good! the griddle cakes look good
  • candace c.
    candace cornerApril 23, 2012
    Save room for the coriander oat cake dessert
  • 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 magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 11, 2012
    In Paul Fehribach’s hands, gumbo ya-ya and a hearty Slagel Farm sweet-tea-brined pork chop become standouts rather than standards. Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eustace A.
    Eustace AllenFebruary 22, 2012
    If you go anywhere else for Mardi Gras you are stupid.
  • 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
  • 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
  • The B.
    The BuckJanuary 14, 2012
    The most legit tasting bloody mary in Chicago!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The excellent family-style dinner (nightly from 5-9) has to be one of the best deals in town. Only $25/person!
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SoSteffOctober 1, 2011
    Seriously amazing food!
  • Joel G.
    Joel GithiriAugust 24, 2011
    The Tuesday fried chicken special is a MUST!!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerAugust 20, 2011
    Try a float of hum on your Mimosa-Can I get a 70 proof Amen?
  • 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.
  • erin m.
    erin maysJuly 30, 2011
    Kirsten the hostess is a rockstar. Totally on top of the water and menus thing.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SpyrisonJuly 4, 2011
    Yummy fried chicken salad on the back patio. Read more
  • Rob F.
    Rob FrappierMay 8, 2011
    Eggs New Orleans is delicious, but I wouldn't recommend the gumbo.
  • Anna C.
    Anna CApril 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Peckish? Pick the pickle platter. Perfect!
  • Anna
    AnnaApril 22, 2011
    Chicken and waffles no longer on the menu - Tuesday night chicken fry only.
  • Joe E.
    Joe E.March 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    No longer on the menu, ask them to make you an "Elk's Own." Not-overly-sweet cocktail starts dinner off right and is a Big Jones classic.
  • Fidel C.
    Fidel CamposMarch 2, 2011
    Don't sit by the windows on a cold day. The draft is really bad.
  • 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.
  • Megan
    MeganNovember 20, 2010
    Delish sweet tea infused pork chop and sweet potato hash!
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    Andouille Bloody Marys, Beignet and Fried Green Tomatoes Heaven!
  • Frank C.
    Frank CanzolinoOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Most people say "Beer Me" but here you should say "Beignet Me"
  • Kat H.
    Kat HallAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you do nothing else, order the red velvet cake. It is phenomenal. Big thanks to Big Jones for one of the best birthday dinners I have ever had!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The gnocchi appetizer was SOOO good. I would totally have a meal-sized portion of it if they had that on the menu!
  • Joel M.
    Joel MorrowAugust 4, 2010
    Crab cakes Benedict was amazing.
  • 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.
  • Karen W.
    Karen WeaverJuly 11, 2010
    Brunch menu is fabulous! I agree no need to order appetizers because the beignets are delish... Enjoy a mimosa as well
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneJune 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ginger sweet tea. Fish n grits. Eggs New Orleans. Complimentary beignets. This place is a gem among gems on Clark.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweJune 5, 2010
    ...experience friendly staff and a delicious brunch menu. Taste the Sally Lunn French Toast! Chef & co-owner Paul Fehribach' s Coastal Southern Cooking is amazing... Read more
  • Penelope V.
    Penelope VarnavaMay 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great and Great (as if great dood and great staff). Very, very highly recommend!
  • Penelope V.
    Penelope VarnavaMay 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great! Simply divine!
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    If it’s Tuesday, you’ll find fried chicken junkies at this Andersonville hangout, where Gunthorp Farmsbirds are served alongside greens, mashed potatoes, and cornbread.
  • Richie D.
    Richie DiesterheftApril 17, 2010
    Great Creole food. Brunch is amazing. No need to purchase an appetizer. You're given complimentary powdered sugar beignets that are FAB-U-LOUS!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleApril 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The Smoked Bloody Mary is brilliant, especially on a Sunday morning. Rauchbier in a cocktail? Hell yes.
  • John K.
    John KinderApril 1, 2010
    You must try 'Death of St. Germain' cocktail: refreshingly balanced.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BellMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The service here can be REALLY terrible. But, the food's so incredible that it's worth it!
  • Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth DerricoFebruary 20, 2010
    Awesome brunch, shrimp 'n grits. 'nough said.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornJanuary 14, 2010
    Love the burger here!
  • Katerina B.
    Katerina BabinskiJanuary 10, 2010
    Big Jones elevates grits to an art form. Skip 'boring' breakfast and get the eggs romero.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleJanuary 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The square breakfast is the best "boring" breakfast in town. Gumbo is pretty swell too.
  • Katerina B.
    Katerina BabinskiJanuary 10, 2010
    Great date spot or brunch with the girls. The service is better than at most restaurants twice the price.
  • James K.
    James K.January 3, 2010
    The brunch "country fried steak" is NOT actually country fried, it is just a steak.
  • Jason T.
    Jason ThamDecember 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for brunch, try Eggs Romero and The beignets
  • Kate O.
    Kate OlsonDecember 20, 2009
    Awesome bloody marys. Free beignets. Love the brunch. Eggs New Orleans!
  • Merly p.
    Merly payneOctober 11, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    memorable dinner moments: heavenly pork belly & johnny cake appetizer; super-gingery 'dark and stormy' rum drink. entire menu was 'light southern' - for example, fried okra had a lightly battered touc
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