Big Bricks in North Center, which opened earlier this year,
offers what the original Bricks Pizza in Lincoln Park does and then
some. With delicious pizza and barbecue, a hip yet family-friendly
environment and a killer outdoor patio, Big Bricks is a perfect
choice for a family dinner out.
First the pizza: Try a savory, creative pizza with some
bite like the "Sweet Heat" topped with smoked chicken, bacon, fresh
jalapeño, barbecue-tomato sauce, smoked gouda and mozzarella, or
the "Painful," spicy pepperoni, purple onion, fresh jalapeño,
garlic, tomato sauce and mozzarella. The "Ditka," simply and aptly
described on the menu as "meaty and cheesy," is as memorable as its
namesake. And for those who like their pizza with slightly less
flash and toppings, there is basic cheese, plus build-your-own
The on-site Oyler pit ensures some of the best barbecue in
the city including the fan favorite Piggly Po Boy: pulled pork, rib
meat debris, creole mustard on a D'Amato's torpedo bun served with
fries or tots and coleslaw. Or if you're feeling like something
less waist-expanding, dive into the delicious (and healthy!) Jail
Island barbecue salmon, eight ounces of pure bliss. While we didn't
partake on this particular outing, our server recommended the
smoked ribs, which came in third at the 2012 Ribfest-pretty
impressive for a first outing!
Plenty of menu items are kid-pleasers, but there are also
choices like grilled cheese and tater tots specifically for little
ones. And the jovial wait staff get that kids will be kids. When
our server overheard my daughter dramatically declare she was
"starving" as her parents leisurely enjoyed the stuffed dates
appetizer (not to be missed!), he brought out the kids meals
immediately-and with an amused smile.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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