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Big Star

Taco Place and Whisky Bar$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Danny C.
    "All the food rocks my fav is the fish tacos or TACO de PESCADO"(19 Tips)
    Metromix
    "The queso fundido and pork belly tacos will rock your world."(31 Tips)
    Marco M.
    "al pastor tacos and the fish tostadas are great."(15 Tips)
    Nathaniel S.
    "De Panza, the pork belly tacos are where it's at."(7 Tips)
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  • Colin R.
    Colin Reynolds1 week ago
    Everything you've heard is true; this is the place you want to be on a sunny afternoon. Delectable tacos and excellent Mexican/summer themed beers and drinks. You MUST order the queso fundido!
  • Spoon University
    While it may lack variety — it has a small, one-page menu of primarily tacos — you can count on each dish to pack a serious punch. One of the main appeals of Big Star is its huge patio. Read more
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StarkeyFebruary 19
    Amazing first experience, although I admittedly didn't know what many menu items were (the menu is a mix of bilingual terms), everything I and my boyfriend picked was delicious. Cannot wait to go back
  • William Q.
    I went for the first time this past weekend and I tried fish tacos, and beef taco, taco al pastor. All of them very good. The horchata wasn't spectacular for me, but the recommendation I got was 👍
  • Vitalina S.
    Vitalina S.August 5, 2015
    Tacos de pescado + fish tacos are sooooo good , definitely a must to try. Guacamole is amazing as well. If you are a taco lover definitely check this place out.
  • paolo f.
    paolo fJune 6, 2015
    big college crowd, annoyingly busy, the overzealous doormen kick it all off with a snobby vibe. the tacos are as good as anything is the SF mission though.
  • Bill S.
    Bill SindewaldMarch 12, 2015
    Great lunch spot. Had a terrible experience trying to check out the night life due to a very rude and unprofessional bouncer who said they were closed but it was still advertised business hours.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MarquezFebruary 23, 2015
    Super crowded. Cash only. That said, all the tacos are great. Favorite is the chicken taco. Tostada is awesome too. Very trendy. Good place to go with friends. Hit up the window outside in a hurry.
  • Moonchild
    MoonchildSeptember 15, 2014
    This place is completely packed on the weekends and has great drinks and mexican food :) Love going there for a snack and drinks on a Friday or Saturday.
  • Rafa G.
    Rafa GSeptember 15, 2014
    I came from de taco's country and this are most expensive tacos in my life, but they are great, have sowl, style, great service, delicious michelads and the "dulce de leche licuado" is pure sweetness.
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    Half taco hut, half whiskey joint, Big Star is the place for al fresco meet-ups in Chicago. When the weather is warm, the doors of this former garage are raised and open tables disappear in a flash. Read more
    Upvoted May 21
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Everyone knows Big Star is famous for its cheap and tasty tacos but it's the queso fundido that really wowed my tastebuds. Melted queso Chihuahua cheese compliments the peppers and meaty chorizo. Read more
  • Carlos E.
    Carlos EcheverriaAugust 3, 2014
    The service is utterly rude, hostesses give no information on what to do while waiting for a table, and it seems there's no approach to customer assistance. Taco de papas & tostada de hongos are good.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WallerJuly 20, 2014
    Rajas, Panza, Pollo & Michelada to drink. I love this place but I hate that they will not give you a large container for chips & salsa to-go. Six small containers is really annoying. Is it that hard?
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJuly 7, 2014
    The bar that took over the Pontiac space is just that: A bar. With whiskey shots, cheap beer, and quick cocktails. Read more
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 13, 2014
    $40 for a pitcher of margaritas and I stumbled away very happy! Queso fundido, Baja taco and guacamole are outstanding. Go drink at the bar, the hostess will text you when your table is ready.
  • Abdul H.
    Abdul HakkimDecember 31, 2013
    Depending on how adventurous you feel, you can get a taco stuffed with anything from pork belly to beef hearts. And, every day there’s a $3 whiskey shot special. - © 2013 BuzzFeed, Inc
  • Ben P.
    Ben PierceOctober 31, 2013
    LAWDY those al pastors. Get a bunch of em, wash down with limeade, enjoy the outdoor seating. I've met some pretty amazing people on those picnic tables.
  • Mayoor R.
    Mayoor RaiMay 26, 2013
    I only went to their take out window so I only ordered 3 tacos and a horchata. Their chicken tacos are amazing in my opinion. Don't be afraid of the pickle they put in!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    Getting a table to sip margaritas can take awhile, but if you just need a taco fix, head straight for the takeout window where you can usually get served in minutes.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 13, 2013
    Papas can Rajas Taco: This taco uses chipotles, which lend a smoky complexity to each bite. Though moderately spicy, they are tempered by cubes of potatoes.
  • Johnny L.
    Johnny LeeApril 22, 2013
    If you find yourself waiting in line for the pork belly tacos, pastor, queso fundido, etc, run across the street and check out Moon Voyage. On pierce st around the corner from pennys
  • Michael S.
    Michael SNovember 10, 2012
    Panza taco: get that and then add whatever else looks good. It all rocks. Queso Fundido is awesome. Great craft draft selection: only 6 or 7 on tap but all world class.
  • Rosalinda R.
    Rosalinda RodriguezJuly 29, 2012
    I hate it....service sucks....got id but yet three people came in with out being id.....waste of time and waste of money....they need better food...if your mexican you would prefer flash taco like me
  • Miroslav L.
    Miroslav LysyukJuly 8, 2012
    Get the $30 margarita pitcher, some tacos, and sit back and relax with a friend and people gaze. FYI seats at the bar are a little hard to get, but easier than a table. Once you're in though, u good
  • Danny C.
    Danny CaccioppoJune 26, 2012
    Hands down the best tacos I've ever had. They don't have steak tacos and thats normally my taco preference but I tried the pork belly tacos and I fell in love. Cash only too.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    This was the 'unofficial' find of CCBW 2012. For a hipster venue (w| bartenders playing vinyl LPs!), there is no condescension toward outsiders. A good array of craftbeers also.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 25, 2012
    If you can just drink and not partake in Paul Kahan’s tacos al pastor…or his fish tacos…or his housemade salsas…or his sonoran hot dog (wrapped in bacon)…you have more restraint than we do. -JK Read more
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidApril 4, 2012
    Big Star is a Fun & Hip place located in Wicker Park Bucktown Area, It also helps that all the food & drinks are delicious as well. A Big Huge Star for Big Star...
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    Beat the brutal weekend crowds by dropping by the takeout window to grab a couple of tacos or plant yourself at the wall-length counter for a few beers or quality cocktails. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the michelada from our 100 Best list: We know it contains Tecate, Cholula and Valentina hot sauces, and Maggi. Oh, and we’re certain it's delicious, alleviates hangovers & might just cure cancer.
  • subbu a.
    subbu arumugamNovember 16, 2011
    asked for specials (think "cheap")... the stupid server got us the $7 12oz beer ("the staff draft")... vs $1 schlitz that we later found out existed - be sure to ask $/beer if you're price sensitive
  • Ian B.
    Ian BeacraftSeptember 6, 2011
    Amazing pork bellies. The fish tacos are also really good. If you enjoy extremely spicy foods the chicken tacos can't be beat. Oh yeah, and their whisky selection rocks Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 19, 2011
    Tacos al pastor, which is spit-roasted pork cooked with pineapple and onion; a crunchy fried fish taco; and best of all, pork belly with tomato guajillo sauce, queso fresco, onion, and cilantro. Read more
  • Jough D.
    Jough DempseyAugust 14, 2011
    Sure, the tacos cost a dollar more and aren't as good as the Mexican taquerias in Logan Square (try Moran or Traspasada) but they're the best in Wicker Park, and portions are decent for the price.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Four for four: Paul Kahan strikes again with a taqueria that draws hour-long waits for al pastor and signature cocktails. Everyone raves about the pork belly, but our rec is to opt for the fish tacos.
  • Christian V.
    Christian Van BrimmerFebruary 21, 2011
    Al Pastor Tacos are the best! The pescado almost as good. Get the guacamole and the Big Star Margarita made with mescal... A smoky, less sweet alternative. Come at lunch for a minimal wait.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Where else can you get a beer, a taco and a shot of whisky for under $10? Leave it to Blackbird exec chef Paul Kahan to make it happen. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineSeptember 20, 2010
    You can't beat Paul Kahan's Wicker Park hot spot. Tacos stuffed with lamb shoulder, pork belly, and non-gringo ingredients like beef heart are only a few bucks. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 17, 2010
    The Tacos de Panza, featuring luscious hunks of pork belly smothered in tomato guajillo sauce and showered with queso fresco, all swaddled in warm tortillas Read more
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinSeptember 10, 2010
    Been a fan since April...absolutely love this place, the food and margarita pitchers! Pork belly, al pastor & poblano w/cheese tacos, guac, queso fundido delish. Sonoran Hotdog new addition-was ok LUV
  • Alberto R.
    Alberto RodriguezSeptember 5, 2010
    Save ur $. Tacos r bland. Horchata is flavorless. Can't speak for rest of menu, but what I did have left much to be desired. Best part is the pollito lollipop you get with take out.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BAugust 1, 2010
    Patio is great for hanging out in, and its dog friendly as someone mentioned. The service sucks, and so does the food. Only saving grace is the whiskey. Big Star? More like 1 Star Out Of 5.
  • Chet F.
    Chet FarleyJuly 9, 2010
    New development in the 7oz debacle. Do you *hate* spending less money? I know I do. But for you crazies out there who want to save $$, order a "7oz." It's exactly. the. same.
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PrindableJune 3, 2010
    Old Pontiac. $3 taco Tuesdays. Black cherry fizzzz drinks are delic. fun crowd. outside is fantastic. crowded- four or more for an inside booth, but sitting at the bar is fun- meet lots of pp1!
  • Alison
    AlisonMay 14, 2010
    The pork belly and al pastor tacos are amazing! And if you like sweet drinks, try the Paloma. Bonus: big star is really dog friendly! Sit outside and they bring a bone & water bowl for the puppy!
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinApril 26, 2010
    Love!!! Delish bite size tacos...pork belly, al pastor and poblano pepper/cheese are the best. Delicious guac and very strong margarita pitchers! Gr8 outdoor patio
  • Jaunted
    JauntedApril 19, 2010
    They accept credit card now, but beware LONG lines on Fri/Sat nights. Order queso fundido with extra corn tortillas and a few Modelo Especials to balance out the cheese
  • Laini M.
    Laini MadhubutiApril 5, 2010
    go early. or don't. go late, be cool, and then i will be guaranteed a seat! basically it gets crowded after 6. bat your eyelashes & they might make the fish tostada into a taco, so good!!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HeneghanJanuary 15, 2010
    I'm a picky mofo, yet simple at the same time. This is my refuge. My food, my music, my enviroment (- Iowa football, only deduction- understandable) and my people (who isn't). You will find me here.
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