once you are 'in-the-know' you begin to see them when you never saw them before.
Absolutely. Please remember to post (or email me) your Big Baby sightings. I have checked a number of fast food and gyros places on the north side and haven't seen any yet. There must be some though. I should have thanked Cathy for the tip on Mr Greek (and Bob for pointing out that the new sign is a stylized keystone).
Stick to the gyros (greek village style, with feta+lemon, cut thick, crisped up on the grill), kabobs, buffalo wings (a big surprise, but very good), avgolemono, greek roasted potatoes (he runs out very quickly, but they're worth it if they have them) and the fruit milkshakes.
I look forward to returning to Nicky's/K&Q to try some of your recommended items. Had to stay focused, you know.
Vital Information wrote:
BTW, to ReneG, what inspired this?
I'm pretty sure I had a Big Baby from Nicky's (58th & Kedzie) years ago and, other than feeling it was a decent burger, never gave it much thought. A year or two ago I noticed the Nicky's on 47th with its window sign advertising Big Babies. Then there was a post by alisonmackenzie
that briefly mentioned the Nicky's on Archer (I had meant to refer to this but it got deleted in a revision). Earlier this year I stopped at Anthony's
and saw they served Big Babies. Clearly they were all over the place but whenever I mentioned Big Babies to other Chicagoans, it drew a blank. I became a bit obsessed with tracking them down. Eating Big Babies was my summer hobby.
Mike G wrote:
To the point about whether or not the Big Baby was invented as a result of the Big Mac:
That sounds completely reasonable. Nicky's burger, or something similar, probably preceded the Big Mac (I'm quite sure there were Nicky's in Chicago before 1968). I assumed the name Big Baby was a response to the Big Mac but it could have been in use earlier.
It sounds like you had a great time doing the research for this topic! Were the people you spoke to eager to talk about the history of Big Babies?
When I started tracking the Big Baby, I eagerly devoured each new specimen but soon became less enthusiastic. The problem is, if you want to talk about Big Babies with the counter people, you really have to order and eat them. I began eating only a half, then a quarter. The Mama Burger put an end to my research a few weeks ago. One bite of that nasty thing was more than enough.
I found that many owners were more than happy to talk about the Big Baby but getting consistent stories was not always possible. A few people were very suspicious and not willing to part with any information. I especially enjoyed talking with the manager at the 58th & Kedzie shop and Nicky at the old Kings and Queens. I had hoped to speak with Mickey about the Big Baby (no doubt he invented it) but didn't get around to it.
David Hammond wrote:
While there, I thrilled to other taxonomic variations on Big Babydom:
Glad you enjoyed your Baby. They really do hit the spot every now and then but, believe me, it's very possible to overdo it! The Berwyn Nicky's is unique in their array of Big Baby variants. I almost had to order a Gyros Big Baby but just couldn't bring myself to do it.
Vital Information wrote:
And of course, the Condiment Queen and I went off to Mickey's for 2 Big Babies with cheese, a/k/a Big Mickey's.
I also thought Mickey's version was very respectable, especially considering the price. I never did get back there to try the Big Mickey though. Does it have only the 'classic' dressings (i.e., no lettuce and tomato)? I do think Mickey's is an exemplary fast food place.
Steve Z wrote:
My Big Baby was very good, but was ultra meaty and in need of a little vegitation IMO.
Steve, that's an exceptionally nice portrait of a Big Baby. It actually made me hungry for one, and I didn't think that would be possible for a long time! I'm of two minds on the lettuce & tomato issue. You're right that lightening up the burger could be a good thing. Other times I'm convinced that crunchy iceberg lettuce has no place in the steamy/greasy/meaty world of the Big Baby.