Big Bowl

Big Bowl

I love the bowl in the sign :) This restaurant has some of the most delectable Chinese and Thai food I have ever tasted. Upon opening the menu, it’s almost impossible not to find something you’re going to really enjoy. For my roommate and me, it’s always been a tradition to take advantage of all the options at the stir-fry bar!

There are so many things to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. We’re each given a red bowl and a set of tongs to pick and choose as we please. We are then asked to choose a protein, sauce and rice or noodles. Here’s my roommate weighing out her options:

For my dish, I added the following to my bowl:

  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Shallots
  • Pea pods
  • Pineapple
  • Water chestnuts
  • Edamame
  • Mushrooms


I then asked for chicken with a teriyaki sauce and brown rice. Once you’ve placed your final order, you drop off the veggie bowl and return to your table. Upon further investigation of the restaurant, you will also see their commitment to the environment. Everything from the locally grown ingredients they use to the biodegradable cocktail napkins benefits the environment – and the restaurant claims to be committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 100%. Not bad!

Soon enough, the food was brought to our table, steaming hot and smelling great.

I wasn’t especially hungry so I ordered my brown rice on the side and took it home – expect it to be used in my dinner very soon!

However, I did manage to eat every last bite of that absolutely incredible picture above. The teriyaki sauce permeated throughout each ingredient but was NEVER too heavy or too salty, which left me perfectly full and surprisingly NOT bloated – a rarity after exiting a Chinese restaurant, right?!

After enjoying the meal, we were brought our check with fortunes in tow.

I love fortune cookies! Mine was also very wise this time around:

“The smart thing to do is to prepare for the unexpected.”

I couldn’t agree more!

My roommate and I are very happy with our time at Big Bowl. We’ve gone there consistently for the past three years and have never had a bad experience. Unfortunately, they are only located in Chicago, Minneapolis and DC – but if you’re ever in any of those locations (I know some of you live there!), please check it out and let me know if you agree!

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1 never have to get off your butt to get fit January 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm

found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later ..


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