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Posted by Teisha on 11/08/2011
After much hesitation my husband and I ordered takeout from The Big Easy last Thursday, Nov. 3rd. We've lived in Hyde Park for over a year but didn't try it out before because it didn't seem to be "busy" enough which gave us the impression that the food couldn't be all that great. Perhaps they changed ownership, chefs/cooks, staff, etc. because recently (within the past few months) we noticed that the crowd had picked up, people always there and appearing to have a good time. So we decided to give it a try and ordered the jambalaya, crab cakes w/remoulade sauce, mango ribs, smashed sweet potatoes, and corn muffins. The crab cakes were okay, more "commercial-like" than anything but other than that everything was delicious!!! Needless to say we were pleasantly surprised by how good all the food was and how friendly the wait staff were and we will definitely be going back for more.
Posted by snowangel on 07/24/2011
We first arrived we were asked if we were going to pay for our meal with cash or a debit card because they do not accept credit cards. A real turn off all ready. We ordered fried tomatoes, the coating was not good. The corn bread was too "mealy". The fried cat fish had the same coating as the fried tomatoes and much too salty and fried too hard. Of the two sides of red beans and rice and collard greens, the greens tasted the best, but only after adding vinegar. This was our first and last time to go there.
Posted by mary on 07/03/2011
first time @ this restaurant, ordered carryout, cat fish, fried green tomatoes,ribs, and choclate cake. $50.00. The cat fish and tomatoes had a breading that was dissapointing, could not eat it,fried so hard no taste, threw it away. I had dressing as a side, very good, cake was good, ribs ok. First time ordering, Calaypso kitchen closed, looking for a new place, this is not it, will not be back. The best thing was the guy who took my order very personable.
Posted by Kristen on 05/13/2011
I am not sure if the other reviews went to the same place I did but the food was AMAZING! Drove down from Lincoln Park on a Thursday night. The place had about 15/20 people eating while there - Very friendly staff who told jokes and made you feel at home. The gumbo was great and better than any 7th Floor place I have been in the city - the catfish had a great breading and served with good red beans and rice. The stuffed chicken jumbalia (spelling?) had large shrimp and enough left over for a whole meal more . I am not a big fan of cornbread but this was pretty good and served with whipped butter. Looking forward to my next visit and trying the BBQ ribs. Would say this is a great meal, great value for the amount of food and I will return with more friends and family next time!
Posted by anonymous on 04/17/2011
The food is poor! The 2010 reviews posted must have occurred in the grand opening days when the chef Gavin was still around. My family and I dined there on 4/15/11 and it was a Big Bust. The ambiance of the place was not inviting, a DJ spinning for a private affair off from the dining area blarred loud music, the cinnamon rolls and cornbread muffins they serve as complimentary appetizers were hard and cold, this should have been our first clues to leave. We ordered their Pomegranate Lemonade which tasted like Kool-Aide I used to make as a child with a pound of sugar added. We ordered the BBQ sampler, Gumbo and Catfish entrees which we read from the 2010 reviews were "delicious." These entrees were not prepared in a kitchen by a chef, in fact they arrived to our table cool and tasted like microwaved food. The sides of greens were from a can, the sweet potato fries and cornbread dressing where also warmed over and bad tasting. The few bites of catfish I ate gave me heartburn. When I arrived back home I immediately had a shot of Pepto Bismal. The only positive experiences were our waiter who was friendly and attentive. He saw we were not enjoying our meal and brought over a complimentary piece of chocolate cake (which was cold and tasted like their refrigerator) but his kindness was appreciated and the fact we used a Restaurant.com certificate to help pay for the cost of this unpleasant experience. Once bitten, twice shy - I'll never go back!
Posted by lexus on 02/12/2011
when ordering for workers lunch we askedto be delv. at 11:45am ..food still not here at 12: 16. most of lunch time burned up waiting. poor service for such a large order.!
Posted by Mickey15 on 01/07/2011
I was looking forward to having dinner at The Big Easy because I frequented Dixie's Kitchen when it was open. The food was not good. I am not a picky eater, but the gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice ALL TASTED the same. The only half-way decent item were the greens, which came in a tiny condiment cup. Their specialty dish, which consists of jambalaya "stuffed" in a fried chicken breast was inedible. I could not stomach the chicken because it was so greasy and tasteless. To top it off, the dish had cheese melted on top of it. Urgh!!! I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.