There was a great atmosphere in there at 7pm on Monday. They'd reserved a long table for us and we all got ourselves drinks and perused the menu. Last time I thought the drinks offerings were a little limited but this time I spotted some different vodkas so that's great!
Big Papas have a small but sweet menu of American soul food. The starters include blackened shrimp and chicken wings which both sound great.
For the mains, you can get a 'main event' with two sides for £10 which is a great bargain. There's chicken, pork, brisket or mac'n'cheese for the vegetarian option.
I was really tempted to get the Buttermilk Fried Chicken which I'd had before but thought I'd better try something else! I picked the Cola Brisket Bun which I've been eyeing up for some time. For my two sides I had sweet potato fries and greens which are the same sides as I've had previously. Also available are yam mash and a small portion of mac'n'cheese.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Mac'n'Cheese
The sweet potato fries were just as good as I remembered- they had a nice cajun tang to them without covering up the taste of the potato. The greens were cabbage in butter. I didn't find it quite as fresh as I did last time I had it but it was still tasty.
Rather than just leaving you to add ketchup, Big Papas provide you with their own sauces. My meal was served with a good, tangy BBQ sauce and their amazing hot sauce which has a good chilli kick without blowing your head off. Some of my dining companions found it too hot but I thought it was perfectly balanced.
After the meal it was great to chat to the gentlemen behind Big Papas. They set up as a street food vendor initially before moving into The Sunflower Lounge to shake up their food offering! Eventually the plan is to own a Big Papas Restaurant but for now you can find them at The Sunflower Lounge (a fifteen minute walk from me so I think they should stay right where they are...!)
It was great to find out that they buy their produce fresh from the Birmingham market. Look out soon for an expanded menu- I'm pretty excited for the ribs!
I loved my food, it's the third time I've eaten there and it won't be the last. It was great to meet other bloggers too, lots of people I've spoken to on Twitter and have now met in real life too.
I'd highly recommend popping down to The Sunflower Lounge for some Big Papas goodness.
*I was invited to eat for free at Big Papas/The Sunflower Lounge in return for honest feedback.*