60. East Cedar
Chicago IL 60611
Date of Last Visit: Sunday, October 18th, 2009
The Victim: Me
The Damage: Must double-check receipt but I think about $30
The Background: Big Bowl is my guilty pleasure. It’s part of Chicago’s vast restaurant conglomerate, Lettuce Entertain You. It’s a Chinese “themed” restaurant. Yes, a themed restaurant.
But years ago, I fell in love with their ginger ale. And their beef and broccoli (copious amounts of garlic used). So when I was hungry last Sunday night, I wasn’t sad that Big Bowl happened to be close to my hotel.
The Ginger Ale: Being a part of Lettuce Entertain You, I have to wonder…do they make their own ginger ale? Or ship it in from somewhere? Because it’s delicious…full of big chunks of ginger–which considering the cold I obtained precisely upon landing in Chicago–made it even more of a winner in my book.
The Food: Can you see the steam rising off the dish? This really isn’t anything all that special. It’s beef. And broccoli. And lots of garlic. But sometimes, that’s all you need.
The Verdict: I always go back. That’s what I love about Big Bowl. It just doesn’t change.