SquareMeal Review of
Big Easy Chelsea
Long before Burger & Lobster was conceived, this New Orleans-inspired crabshack was packing in punters with its promise of a year-round lobster festival and American-sized portions of dude food. Now in its 25th year, Big Easy is as popular as ever, cramming hordes of bibbed customers into its borderline-twee interpretation of a good-time soul-food eatery (think wood panelling, lobster pots and wipe-clean tablecloths). Against a smoky blues backdrop, we had a blast working our way through kingly portions of battered calamari, sweet and fiery voodoo chicken wings,a BBQ-glazed rack of baby back ribs with baked beans and a £20 lobster deal that throws in a free frozen Margarita. Desserts are equally vast, while live music and plucky "super-friendly" service get the tempo swinging. Dieters beware – any Big Easy visit classifies as a "major cheat day", warns one stuffed reader.