About Big Kids:
“In another pandemic collaboration, a Chicago fine dining chef has joined an acclaimed New Orleans sandwich expert to open a restaurant with playful items like a twist on Taco Bell’s Crunchwrap. Big Kids opens Thursday out of Logan Square bar Young American as a love letter to growing up in the 1990s from chefs Ryan Pfeiffer (Blackbird) and Mason Hereford of Nola sandwich spot Turkey & the Wolf.
Big Kids’ menu features four sandwiches, including fried bologna (the meat’s from Paulina Meat Market, and it also includes mustard, Duke’s mayo, shredded lettuce, American cheese). The menu dives into the ’90s Trapper Keeper notepad aesthetic with three-eyed mutant smiley faces and that pointy “s” logo that everyone used to doodle on notebook covers.
The sandwich is take on Hereford’s own famed fried bologna from New Orleans, which Pfeiffer describes as “arguably the mightiest sandwich ever created.” Pfeiffer was most recently the executive chef at Blackbird, the beloved West Loop restaurant that closed over the summer after two decades. He’s a South Suburban native.
Hereford was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. While he didn’t spend time in Chicago, he shares a love for the city. Both he and Pfeiffer also show their affections from their mothers with in the Amy N Nettie (beef milanese, burnt tomato, pepper rings, provolone), which blends the city’s penchant for breaded steak (think Ricobene’s) with the chef’s childhood favorites — burnt tomato casserole and chicken paprikash, all smothered in cheese. “It’s a hybrid of all those dishes on acid,” Pfeiffer says.
Source: Eater Chicago