Blackbird and avec, his last two places, Big Star, and Publican Quality Meats, have been decidedly lower end (The other two places are The Publican and The Violet Hour). Having said that these restaurants are decidedly lower end however, does not mean that they are any less good. I went to Big Star recently for some tacos and beer. Located in the heart of Wicker Park, actually located right next to Wicker Park, there really isn't much to say about the building. It looks like an auto service garage, complete with two big garage doors. The walls are cinder block and painted white and there is a big vintage Taco sign with blinking lights on the back wall. The bar is very large nice and serves on all four sides. There is a really nice selection of whiskey and tequilas and it has a turntable playing vintage vinyl. The patio is very large as one might expect of a patio that occupies the former parking lot of a service garage.
The menu is fairly small and features tacos at a very nice price. While the average person will eat three or four tacos, it is still fairly inexpensive. While I said that I came for tacos, I also had to get some beans. They weren't refried beans as you might find in most taquerias but it was really good anyway. Besides the pinto beans, it had bacon, tomatoes, poblano peppers, onions, and was topped with queso fresco and cilantro. It was also served with fresh corn tortillas. It was kind of sloppy transferring it to the tortillas, and it was good eating it straight out of the bowl that it was served in, but tortillas and beans are a natural match.
Everything was very good and I really liked it here. The decor was very low end and the food was cheap but it as very well prepared, and despite the fact that it was pretty loud, the music selection, mostly old country, was also very good. While there are frequently long lines to get a seat, it is still a viable option for some very good tacos and a drink or three.