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[Photograph: Tessa McLean]

It's hard not to smile when you grab your shrimp po' boy ($11.00) at Big and Little's. Seven or eight crispy fried shrimp sit on top of a bed of lettuce and tomatoes, and you can tell they're juicy. Problem is, you try to close the sandwich to take a bite and everything falls apart. Luckily, my annoyance dissipated immediately after tasting the cornmeal batter on the fresh shrimp, which allows them to stay crunchy without any greasy residue.

The generous topping of cocktail sauce and chili aioli ensures the po' boy doesn't have a dry bite, though I wish the flavor of chili came through more than the ordinary cocktail sauce. The meal is messy to say the least, but even if you end up building your own bites with the shrimp, you won't leave disappointed. These shrimp are reason alone to make your next lunch stop Big and Little's.

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860 N Orleans St btwn Chestnut St & W Locust St Chicago IL 60610 3129430000

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