Big Bowl

★★★★☆
Fresh Chinese & Thai Cuisine Made From Scratch Everyday
  • 6 E Cedar St

    Chicago, IL 60611

    Cross street: at N Rush St

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  • 312-640-8888

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A treat for my best friend and I. After a most stressful day, we were looking forward to the HK Cosmo and Hibiscus martinis. We were seated and were made to wait for over 15 minutes before a very new manager came over to take our drinks order. We waited some more and our server still didn't appear. Luckily, another server, Matt, took pity on us and took our order. Finally, our server arrived to introduce himself. Joe more than redeemed BB in our eyes. He took ownership of the situation and made sure we were happy.

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★★★☆☆

A treat for my best friend and I. After a most stressful day, we were looking forward to the HK Cosmo and Hibiscus martinis. We were seated and were made to wait for over 15 minutes before a very new manager came over to take our drinks order. We waited some more and our server still didn't appear. Luckily, another server, Matt, took pity on us and took our order. Finally, our server arrived to introduce himself. Joe more than redeemed BB in our eyes. He took ownership of the situation and made sure we were happy.

Pros: Hibiscus martini

Cons: New personnel; recipes changes

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Big Bowl has really good pad thai and fantastic specialty drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Their selection of flavored lemonades and teas is fantastic.

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★★★☆☆

Big Bowl has really good pad thai and fantastic specialty drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Their selection of flavored lemonades and teas is fantastic.

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I suggest their thai herb calamiari and the chinese chicken lettuce wraps for appetizers. For the entree I recommend the kung pao chicken with noodles. Save room for dessert!

5
★★★★★

I suggest their thai herb calamiari and the chinese chicken lettuce wraps for appetizers. For the entree I recommend the kung pao chicken with noodles. Save room for dessert!

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Big Bowl has delicous asian food and great prices! You can create your own bowl or order something already made up. The waitstaff is friendly and the portions are huge!

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★★★★★

Big Bowl has delicous asian food and great prices! You can create your own bowl or order something already made up. The waitstaff is friendly and the portions are huge!

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I have been to many places in Asia tasting different Asian cuisine; both fusion and indigenous. I had some impressive food in India, Singapore, and Thailand, but Big Bowl is really the best I've had in the U.S. I noticed that some people have complaints about the service and I am really sorry to hear that, because the several times I was there, the service was just FINE. Don't go to Ben Pao, where every dish tastes like a mixture of soy sauce/salt.

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★★★★★

I have been to many places in Asia tasting different Asian cuisine; both fusion and indigenous. I had some impressive food in India, Singapore, and Thailand, but Big Bowl is really the best I've had in the U.S. I noticed that some people have complaints about the service and I am really sorry to hear that, because the several times I was there, the service was just FINE. Don't go to Ben Pao, where every dish tastes like a mixture of soy sauce/salt.

Pros: Food and service.

Cons: A little dark, maybe?

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I can't exactly remember what noodle dish I ordered but I got a piece of breaded or parmesan encrusted chicken on top of it and the chicken was excellent! I placed my order online and went in to pick up takeout and it was ready and very easy. Would be better if they had delivery. I think the restaurant gets very crowded.

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★★★★☆

I can't exactly remember what noodle dish I ordered but I got a piece of breaded or parmesan encrusted chicken on top of it and the chicken was excellent! I placed my order online and went in to pick up takeout and it was ready and very easy. Would be better if they had delivery. I think the restaurant gets very crowded.

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After waiting for over 40 minutes even though there were 4 available tables, we were finally seated. Our waiter was great, but the hostess was out of this world. It seemed as if she didn't know what she was doing and had parties waiting when there were tables open. After we were seated, our waiter came by and took out drink order. The drinks were fine until I decided to actually look at what I was sipping and found a disgusting brown residue of some sort stuck to an ice cube. After that, I wasn't that thirsty anymore. The food came rather quickly, which was nice, but much to my chagrin there were tons of eggshells in my pad thai. Now I'm all for the eggs in the pad thai. But eggshells? Come on. As a chef I'd expect more. I was thoroughly dissatisfied with my first experience with Big Bowl. I normally don't write reviews for restaurants, but because my experience was so horrible I thought I'd share. Do me and yourself a favor and DON"T GO!!

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting for over 40 minutes even though there were 4 available tables, we were finally seated. Our waiter was great, but the hostess was out of this world. It seemed as if she didn't know what she was doing and had parties waiting when there were tables open. After we were seated, our waiter came by and took out drink order. The drinks were fine until I decided to actually look at what I was sipping and found a disgusting brown residue of some sort stuck to an ice cube. After that, I wasn't that thirsty anymore. The food came rather quickly, which was nice, but much to my chagrin there were tons of eggshells in my pad thai. Now I'm all for the eggs in the pad thai. But eggshells? Come on. As a chef I'd expect more. I was thoroughly dissatisfied with my first experience with Big Bowl. I normally don't write reviews for restaurants, but because my experience was so horrible I thought I'd share. Do me and yourself a favor and DON"T GO!!

Pros: Can't think of anything

Cons: Hostess, The 40 minute wait, The drinks by the pitcher and the Pad Thai

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I eat here whenever I am downtown - which is often- and I have to say all of my experiences have been top-notch. The spicy sesame noodles are full of flavor - just a touch of heat - and the potstickers even better. A nice thin skin, unlike the industrial kind you get at allegedly Chinese restaurants. I love the teriyaki glazed spareribs - fall off the bone with excellent flavor and the chow fun which has that wok-seared taste. I grew up eating this stuff so it is nice to know there is a place where I can get a taste of home.

The pad Thai is all about fresh, bright flavors. I am not big on fiery hot food, but my partner is a huge fan and says the hot pepper thai shrimp is fabulous because you get more than heat - you get layers of flavor.

The restaurant is crazy busy for dinner but if I am doing business downtown and need to bring home dinner, I can call in my order and the valet will let me leave my car out front while I run in to pick up the food. Can't ask for more than that!

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★★★★★

I eat here whenever I am downtown - which is often- and I have to say all of my experiences have been top-notch. The spicy sesame noodles are full of flavor - just a touch of heat - and the potstickers even better. A nice thin skin, unlike the industrial kind you get at allegedly Chinese restaurants. I love the teriyaki glazed spareribs - fall off the bone with excellent flavor and the chow fun which has that wok-seared taste. I grew up eating this stuff so it is nice to know there is a place where I can get a taste of home.

The pad Thai is all about fresh, bright flavors. I am not big on fiery hot food, but my partner is a huge fan and says the hot pepper thai shrimp is fabulous because you get more than heat - you get layers of flavor.

The restaurant is crazy busy for dinner but if I am doing business downtown and need to bring home dinner, I can call in my order and the valet will let me leave my car out front while I run in to pick up the food. Can't ask for more than that!

Pros: Good vibe, fun place

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Hate to say it, but PF Chang's, a CHAIN restaurant, had better chinese food. In fact, the only thing I liked about the restaurant was the pomogranate gingerale. But, even that was just OKAY. I liked that part of their menu consisted of food that was solely devoted to "hot" entrees. I had the spicy sichuan beef. Yes, it was nice and spicy but it really wasn't all that spectacular. A $20 meal of an okay specialty drink and an okay entre made this place unmemorable.

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★★★☆☆

Hate to say it, but PF Chang's, a CHAIN restaurant, had better chinese food. In fact, the only thing I liked about the restaurant was the pomogranate gingerale. But, even that was just OKAY. I liked that part of their menu consisted of food that was solely devoted to "hot" entrees. I had the spicy sichuan beef. Yes, it was nice and spicy but it really wasn't all that spectacular. A $20 meal of an okay specialty drink and an okay entre made this place unmemorable.

Pros: Affordable compared to other Gold Coast Restaurants

Cons: Unimpressive cousine

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Food had no flavor and the entrees were expensive for a chinese food restaurant. I went with a group of six and EVERYONE had to choke down their food. I regret having to pay for a meal that was so bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food had no flavor and the entrees were expensive for a chinese food restaurant. I went with a group of six and EVERYONE had to choke down their food. I regret having to pay for a meal that was so bad.

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I am a fan of thier lunches. Their service is fast and the food is good. Try their asian style salads!

2
★★★★★

I am a fan of thier lunches. Their service is fast and the food is good. Try their asian style salads!

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Kung pao chicken. Big Buddha margarita. Got to have 'em.

2
★★★★★

Kung pao chicken. Big Buddha margarita. Got to have 'em.

Pros: atmosphere, staff

Cons: food

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The food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable and the service was great. Bring your appetite because portions are generous. The only minor complaint was that the front wall of the restaurant opens to the street and the day we went was hot and muggy, so it was hot and muggy inside too. The food was still great though.

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★★★★★

The food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable and the service was great. Bring your appetite because portions are generous. The only minor complaint was that the front wall of the restaurant opens to the street and the day we went was hot and muggy, so it was hot and muggy inside too. The food was still great though.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great food, Atmosphere

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