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Big Star
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 3:00 am
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1531 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60622
1531 N Damen AveUSILChicago60622
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Cocktail Bar
Today 11:30 am – 3:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 2:00 amTuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 2:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 3:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
BIG STAR is a whiskey, tequila, cocktail and beer-focused venue located in the heart of Wicker Park. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Cary Taylor have crafted an eclectic menu inspired by Mexican street food in a space reminiscent of a California honky tonk. The food, liquor and cocktail programs change continuously to complement the seasons, and always feature six beers on tap, and an ever-growing selection of our house-selected single barrel bourbons and whiskeys, picked by staff members at distilleries in Kentucky.
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Gourmet tacos, margaritas and lots of bourbon fuel a lively hipster scene at this cash-only hangout.- Google
People talk about tacos, pork belly, queso fundido, margaritas and whiskey
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Zach Zuber
reviewed in the last week
Got for the $1 Rhinelander beer. O, don't forget to grab a taco or two. Recommend the tacos de chorizo verde.
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Stephen Poore
reviewed 5 months ago
Good, but not great food. I think this place is so overrated, it's absurd. Don't get me wrong, when the weather is awesome this is a great place to hang, but getting into this restaurant can be a bit challenging. I always feel rushed by the wait staff when I'm sitting there enjoying the food and beer. I don't want to frequent a place that has merely decent tacos, overcrowded space, and a wait staff that rushes their patrons. If you want a solid taco come here, if you want an exceptional taco and experience check else where.
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Samuel Tan
reviewed 6 months ago
These guys card hard! So even if you're not looking to have a drink at the bar, its would be handy to have your ID with you so you don't get turned away at the door. Do keep in mind that this place gets really crowded quick so do go early. The tacos are pretty affordable and good. They have a good variety and they taste really good. I particularly liked their fish tacos. It's got a great atmosphere, if you want to hang out, have a drink, some tacos - it makes for an enjoyable evening all round.
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Joan Yapp
reviewed a month ago
This is one of my favorite places in the city! Every taco on the menu is excellent and the margaritas are strong and delicious. There is also great space to eat outside when it gets warm. The only down falls are that it is cash only and there is a always a wait but its worth it!
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Brian Martinek
reviewed 3 months ago
For years my only experience at Big Star was stopping in one time for late night drinks. FINALLY I got to experience the famous tacos Big Star is known for! I had a couple of the fish tacos and bbq pork...sooo good. Great fresh salsa too. I can't wait to come back and try a few of their others. Even though there is an ATM on site, beware of the CASH only policy.
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Simon Ho
reviewed 2 months ago
Great during the summer when you can sit outside with a cold beer and grab some tacos. The al pastor and pork belly ones were the best. They have a side taco window that's good for a quick bite, cash only tho.


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