Eggs and Puppets

My mom came to Andersonville for brunch this morning, and we decided to try Big Jones for the first time. As we walked up Clark Street we couldn’t help but notice the weather was a wonderful balmy 34 degrees!! Marvelous. Sadly, I am not being the least bit sarcastic.

The menu at Big Jones is “Coastal Southern Cuisine” and perfect for a winter brunch. Andouille & Sweet Potato Biscuits, Shrimp & Grits, a Creole Cream Cheese Omelet, and the Fried Green Tomato BLT are all options for you to gorge on before noon. I am not sure I could handle this in the summer, although there are some lighter options on the menu…kind of. The meal starts out with a little plate of fried dough pastries rolled in powdered sugar. Beignets perhaps? They are melt-in-your-mouth good, and have a sneaking hint of bacon grease….mmm. Like carnival food, without the nastiness of a carnival. The cups of coffee (and portions) are HUGE, the atmosphere is cozy but lively, and the music is vintage soul. I will have to go back with a huge appetite and try dinner.

5347 N Clark

5347 N Clark

Sweet fluffy deep-fried lump of good (evil?)

Sweet fluffy deep-fried lump of good (evil?)

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XXL

Breakfast Burrito, Chicken-Fried Steak Special, and Eggs New Orleans (Lump crab cakes on fresh popovers with poached eggs, béarnaise sauce, and potatoes O'Brien)

Breakfast Burrito, Chicken-Fried Steak Special, and Eggs New Orleans (Lump crab cakes on fresh popovers with poached eggs, béarnaise sauce, and potatoes O'Brien)

Good peoples of Chicago eating good foods of Chicago

Good peoples of Chicago eating good foods of Chicago

I have rarely been to brunch where the conversation was lacking. Often the meaning of life, the future, and what your want to be when you “grow up” are topics. Something about the time of day, the extravagant dishes, and caffeine excitement I think. And nothing beats a multi-hour patio brunch in the summer. With a mimosa. 3 1/2 months to go I think.

On our walk home, we were lucky enough to see the Puppet Bike in midst of an always stellar performance. It is often spotted along Clark Street in Andersonville or downtown by Millennium Park. Always welcome sight. If  you haven’t seen the Puppet Bike, you haven’t really lived. If you take a picture of the Puppet Bike, or any street kind of street performer, give them a tip. Otherwise it is kind of stealing and you are most likely being a bad tourist. I am not one to preach, but don’t be an ass.

Happiness is a bike-towed mini puppet theatre with performing squirrels

Happiness is a bike-towed mini puppet theatre with performing squirrels

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Sweet ride.

Sweet ride.

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