BIG & little’s 939 N. Orleans, Chicago, Illinois
05.02.2011 - 05.02.2011 20 °F
Just over a year ago, my good friend Gary and his buddy Tony opened up a humble little, fast food-ish joint named BIG & little’s (representative of Gary-BIG and Tony-little) just west of the once infamous Cabrini Green. As a former resident of Chicago and frequent visitor, I had heard a rumor that they served the closest thing to Baja-style fish tacos—in my book, the Baja varietal is the only true fish taco—this side of the Mississippi.
Along with enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, guacamole, chips and salsa, and nearly every other Mexican staple known to man, fish tacos uphold a very special place on my incredibly lengthy list of favorites. (Speaking of Mexican, I just had La Pasadita last night, another modest but local spot in Chicago.)
Offering a choice of grilled tilapia or mahi-mahi—both served lightly seasoned in a corn tortilla before being topped off with crisp red cabbage and a chipotle aioli—I have to agree with the rumors. One word describes them, D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Pair them up with an addictive, hearty basket of truffle fries and an old fashioned bottled root beer and you have lunch.