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Big Bowl, Chicago

by Krista

Big bowl outside

Big Bowl
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.

Big bowl ginger ale

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.

Big bowl beef and broccoli

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.

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Kelly July 26, 2011 - 12:12 pm

I know this is an old post but I have to tell you, we were here on the same day. I know because I was married the day before, and before we checked out of our suite my husband asked if I’d like to go out for lunch. I said yes and then I said Big Bowl, as it’s also my guilty pleasure. My Food Police friends cringe when I tell them, but I love this place! I’m addicted to the mustard they serve with their potstickers. I’ve been buying it in bottles and using it on everything I can at home. And their ginger ale is A. Mazing. So, you’re not the only one with Big Bowl lust. 🙂

Krista July 27, 2011 - 8:36 pm

Too funny!! Last time I was at Big Bowl though, it just wasn’t as good!

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