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Big Star

Taco Place and Whisky Bar$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jen M.
    Jen MarquezFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Colin R.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleSeptember 4
    Been here 10+ times
    On a nice night, skip the long line to be seated and get your tacos from the takeout window to the left. There are too many good things to do in Wicker Park to waste your time in a 2 hr queue.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 18
    It's difficult to beat a classic. We're talking about the classic margarita, made with tequila Lunazul tequila, lime, and orange curacao. Read more
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Derek F.
    If this were in NYC, you'd never be able to get a table. Tacos were dope (especially the chicken + fish), drinks are cheap!
    Upvoted Oct 18
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    Foodies citywide rejoiced when this Bucktown taqueria opened its patio. More chances for us to partake in Paul Kahan’s tacos also means little foodies to sip dulce de leche milkshakes and lick paletas Read more
  • 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.
  • 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
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidApril 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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...
  • Jough D.
    Jough DempseyAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Christian V.
    Christian Van BrimmerFebruary 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Marcello M.
    Marcello MansoSeptember 12, 2014
    Imagine the world has been taken by zombies and the society as we know it is about to collapse. Make sure you stop here first and get Queso Fundido and porkbelly tacos.
  • 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.
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinSeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WallerJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Marnie C.
    Marnie CoeneSeptember 6, 2013
    The Tacos Al Pastor were delish! Also tried the bacon wrapped hot dog without the spicy sauce. It was so yummy. Just remember it's cash only.
  • Ene Emilie D.
    Ene Emilie DinesenAugust 18, 2014
    Really good pizzas. There is a lot of noise because the train is running just next to it, but still a cool place. Would definitely go there again
  • Sara M.
    Sara McMurrayJune 30, 2012
    Sonoran Hot Dog, Fish Tacos, Pastor Tacos... AMAZING. There will be a wait- but it's worth it, if you can't wait- try the take-out next door!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    Some of the best tacos you'll find. A bit expensive, but well worth it if you want some seriously amazing tacos – and all of them are amazing!
  • Rachel M.
    Love big star! A bit noisy but $3 whiskey menu is excellent. So fun, but same tacos are half price at authentic Mexican places nearby.
  • Annie C.
    Annie ChambersOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not miss Big Star if you're in Chicago in the warm months, awesome patio. Delicious margaritas and creative, tasty, not run-of-the mill tacos
  • Paolo
    PaoloJune 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.
  • Nathaniel S.
    Nathaniel SeeversApril 19, 2013
    De Panza, the pork belly tacos are where it's at. Plenty of good beers, a surprisingly nice whiskey stock and large outdoor seating space.
  • Abby M.
    Abby MeixnerJuly 7, 2012
    Come for the drinks and tacos and stay for the atmosphere. They could increase veggie options on the menu though. Where's the black bean and avo taco?
  • Tee C.
    Tee CapelJanuary 3, 2012
    One word.... MARGARITAS!! They are the best. Grab a pitcher with your friends. you wont regret it. ANY of their tapas will tickle your taste buds.
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