Big Jones has the distinction of being our inaugural restaurant. We agonized later whether we had improperly inflated the rating but decided, no. It deserves every bit of its “5.” Even though we agreed that the place lacked atmosphere, it was crazy spotless which always wins huge points with one reviewer who would like to be the person who ensures that every glass and utensil placed on every table in every restaurant is crud and smudge free.
Big Jones would have gotten a better rating if they had accommodated our request to sit outside. They said they probably wouldn’t open the outside and our party of 5 was probably too large when we called for last minute seating. The outside was open but don’t know about the size issue. The feeling was that they weren’t going to put themselves out.
We ordered: The Pickle Tasting: really good and more than just pickles. Farmhouse Chicken and Dumplings circa 1920: Best-Dressed Guy loved it, but cautioned not to be put off by its grey color. Crawfish Etouffee a la Breaux Bridge, circa 1940: Early Guy wanted it to be spicier. Shrimp and Grits: the best the Cook has had. Bittersweet Chocolate pot de creme for dessert: loved by all
Cuisine and style of dining: Southern and tables and chairs.
5347 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
Visited on June 16, 2013.