For those into gourmet food but stuck on a fast food budget, here's a tip: check out Big & Little's in Chicago's River North neighborhood.
It's fast food for foodies. Think foie gras and fries, soft shell crab po' boys and fish tacos. They're dishes that are big on flavor but small on price. Nothing on the menu costs more than $12.
The Chicago Tribune recently released its annual list of Dining Awards, and Big & Little's was recognized as "best cheap eater restaurant of the year."
939 N Orleans St.
Chicago, IL 60610