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ssv3
12-15-2017, 11:37 PM
Bob's Big Boy restaurants started in 1936 in my hometown of Glendale, CA. I grew up in Glendale, graduated from Glendale High, etc etc. The video below will gives a quick history rundown on Bob's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rvpiDxOmsE&t=40s

Original and non-original locations in Glendale are long gone but the Burbank (neighboring city) location, which is one of the oldest, still thrives. Car shows every Friday night and you get celebrities still coming through because of the close proximity to the studios from Universal City to Hollywood. Jay Leno is pretty much a regular.

A fun fact. They film at the location a lot and "Heat" was also filmed there. Naturally one of my favorite movies of all time.

https://www.bobs.net/images/val-kilmer-robert-deniro-bobs-big-boy.jpg

Now, almost every time I eat at Bob's, I always get the Famous Big Boy Burger. You have the option of either original or super. Super is bigger patties and twice the cheese.

Super is what's on tap for the TD so we start with a NY strip loin roast

https://i.imgur.com/Lq3dnSMh.jpg

First grind

https://i.imgur.com/ZSi2ZeVh.jpg

Second grind

https://i.imgur.com/zS45jUZh.jpg

Formed the patties

https://i.imgur.com/lHwXBp1h.jpg

Made the red relish that is a key ingredient for this burger

https://i.imgur.com/7lQcl2Yh.jpg

Took a little playing around with but turned out perfect :clap2:

https://i.imgur.com/T7wncAQh.jpg

I don't think they do but I chose to toast the buns. Original Big Boy Burger had a sesame, bottom, club and top so I went the same route

https://i.imgur.com/0bFGUy3h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/C0JkWUYh.jpg

Mayo on the bottom and the club bun

https://i.imgur.com/Bra7NGNh.jpg

Next the patties went on the BS retro griddle

https://i.imgur.com/I03Q3Qoh.jpg

I bet they don't use fine ingredients like this at the restaurant though but this is my burger :thumb:

https://i.imgur.com/EqGetePh.jpg

Time to assemble the burger so we start with the bottom bun mayo-ed plus lettuce

https://i.imgur.com/nnqGQrih.jpg

American cheese

https://i.imgur.com/V63JEV3h.jpg

First patty

https://i.imgur.com/GCsc7KXh.jpg

Club bun with layer of mayo

https://i.imgur.com/k9nIyIih.jpg

Another slice of American cheese

https://i.imgur.com/zwPDB9Jh.jpg

Second patty

https://i.imgur.com/9l216Jnh.jpg

Red relish

https://i.imgur.com/DEdhtQCh.jpg

Top bun, fries, and some Jim Beam. :clap2::clap2: I love me some top, top, top shelf liquor but sometimes you just can't beat going back to basics.

Cheers brethren!!!!

https://i.imgur.com/M3kGOX6h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/2qAFDAIh.jpg

ssv3
12-15-2017, 11:40 PM
Of course I have some picky people in my camp so I made theirs according to their liking

Smash burgers

https://i.imgur.com/x9zJa23h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/0RUhRE1h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/1TTXPtbh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/k6bNFdVh.jpg

Cheddar instead of Murrican :roll:

https://i.imgur.com/1ZLUjzTh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/YZ8pRDVh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/yxjayVph.jpg

Of course I had a request for protein style

https://i.imgur.com/temmsvph.jpg

Kanco Connection
12-15-2017, 11:45 PM
Wow! Just...Wow! Really nice work, Sako. Solid.

cowgirl
12-15-2017, 11:47 PM
Super nommy Neighbor!! You nailed both of em. :cool::thumb::-D

Happy Hapgood
12-15-2017, 11:54 PM
Mighty Fine Sir! Those look like Tasty Burgers!

tom b
12-15-2017, 11:54 PM
I used to love that place, we went to the one on Sherman Way all the time. I have not been in years. That sauce looks spot on. I would usually get the BB burger combo and the spaghetti chili with the slice of american on top. I was bigger then...

ssv3
12-16-2017, 12:03 AM
Wow! Just...Wow! Really nice work, Sako. Solid.

Thanks Kanco!!

Super nommy Neighbor!! You nailed both of em. :cool::thumb::-D

Thanks Neighbor! Can't deny it was good and they gave me thumbs up on theirs.

Mighty Fine Sir! Those look like Tasty Burgers!

Thanks Mike!

I used to love that place, we went to the one on Sherman Way all the time. I have not been in years. That sauce looks spot on. I would usually get the BB burger combo and the spaghetti chili with the slice of american on top. I was bigger then...

I used go to the Glendale location on Glenoaks some years back. It was a treat every time we went in there. Nostalgia! :thumb:

Joshw
12-16-2017, 12:08 AM
I'm not sure I could bring myself to grind a NY strip, but just like everything else you cook, those are some fine looking burgers. Not saying I wouldn't drink it, but I do prefer my Kentucky bourbon to have a turkey on the label though.

ssv3
12-16-2017, 12:08 AM
It's been a while since I had some but I'm enjoying this JB. :smile:

https://i.imgur.com/X2Tn3uSh.jpg

ssv3
12-16-2017, 12:11 AM
I'm not sure I could bring myself to grind a NY strip, but just like everything else you cook, those are some fine looking burgers. Not saying I wouldn't drink it, but I do prefer my Kentucky bourbon to have a turkey on the label though.

Thanks Josh!

Perhaps this?? :-D

https://img.thewhiskyexchange.com/900/brbon_wil3.jpg

Joshw
12-16-2017, 12:18 AM
Now that is some good bourbon! Unless it is a really bad day, then you need Rare Breed.

TravelingJ
12-16-2017, 12:26 AM
Good looking grub! How many people do you typically cook for?

ssv3
12-16-2017, 12:35 AM
Now that is some good bourbon! Unless it is a really bad day, then you need Rare Breed.

Not mad at ya. :thumb: I likes me some good bourbon for sure.

ssv3
12-16-2017, 12:38 AM
Good looking grub! How many people do you typically cook for?

Thanks J! Typically 3-4. I host a lot from family to friends. On the weekends a lot more.

TravelingJ
12-16-2017, 12:50 AM
Nice. They are lucky you are willing to cook so many options to be so accommodating! I still have a hard enough time timing out 1 meal, let alone having several variations.

ssv3
12-16-2017, 01:00 AM
Nice. They are lucky you are willing to cook so many options to be so accommodating! I still have a hard enough time timing out 1 meal, let alone having several variations.

I really enjoy cooking, creating, re-creating and believe it or not sometimes I don't even eat at the end. At times people will look at me like "Are you crazy?" I truly enjoy cooking, q-ing portion of the process and it makes me happy when people go nuts and enjoy the food I make. My high is making as good of food as I can and people enjoying it. It's weird to some but it's truly relaxing for me. Cooking is my escape from the day to day routine of life.

TravelingJ
12-16-2017, 01:27 AM
Weird to some, but probably not to most of the people here. I imagine most of regular members on here, are doing it because they enjoy the process of it all-and how great it feels to provide good food to the people you love.

Now I just need to get back to LA to show you what good bourbon is : p

Titch
12-16-2017, 01:38 AM
Those burgers look awesome, Both of them( need pickled beetroot)
pass on the Booze, beer is fine and don't you forget it in case I turn up one day.

Sid Post
12-16-2017, 04:33 AM
Those burgers look mighty good! :icon_smile_tongue:

16Adams
12-16-2017, 04:58 AM
Outstanding cook sir. In my early youth like 7-8 we’d travel to Dallas to take my Dad to the airport. We’d eat at Kips Big Boy and I’d get the exact same burger that you’d cooked. On a trip in 66-67 we ate at Bobs Big Boy. Pretty sure it was Burbank. But memories fade and hard to tell what I remember and what’s been imprinted by lore. We got close and drove by a lot of attractions. No studio tours, no Disney land- Knotts Berry Farm was free. But we ate good. Under saguaro cactus in AZ- burgers a lot. 4 kids in the backseat of a 1960 Chevy Impala. No A/C no radio.

Kicked up a few childhood memories of Deming, Tucson, Hollywood, Taft etc.
thanks for the memories jolt.

I think my parents saw two celebrities. Martha Raye?? And a blonde lady that had a gossip news segment (Rona Barrett???). Stretching my brain at 0500. More coffee.

brdbbq
12-16-2017, 07:57 AM
Outstanding cook sir. In my early youth like 7-8 wed travel to Dallas to take my Dad to the airport. Wed eat at Kips Big Boy and Id get the exact same burger that youd cooked. On a trip in 66-67 we ate at Bobs Big Boy. Pretty sure it was Burbank. But memories fade and hard to tell what I remember and whats been imprinted by lore. We got close and drove by a lot of attractions. No studio tours, no Disney land- Knotts Berry Farm was free. But we ate good. Under saguaro cactus in AZ- burgers a lot. 4 kids in the backseat of a 1960 Chevy Impala. No A/C no radio.

Kicked up a few childhood memories of Deming, Tucson, Hollywood, Taft etc.
thanks for the memories jolt.

I think my parents saw two celebrities. Martha Raye?? And a blonde lady that had a gossip news segment (Rona Barrett???). Stretching my brain at 0500. More coffee.

Love Field ?

16Adams
12-16-2017, 08:07 AM
http://memorieswithaview.blogspot.com/2013/02/bobs-big-boy-restaurant.html

Good times. Again, thanks to the OP.

patrickd26
12-16-2017, 08:29 AM
So.... I wake up and decided to see what's new on this forum. All I see is whiskey and amazing cheeseburgers. Pretty sure that I can find my obituary online because I must have died.

Seriously, great photos from ALL of you. Whiskey, burgers, Christmas trees in the back ground... Carry on!

ssv3
12-16-2017, 09:07 AM
Those burgers look awesome, Both of them( need pickled beetroot)
pass on the Booze, beer is fine and don't you forget it in case I turn up one day.


Thanks Titch! Yes, I'll hide the Foster's when you get out this way sometime. :thumb:

Outstanding cook sir. In my early youth like 7-8 wed travel to Dallas to take my Dad to the airport. Wed eat at Kips Big Boy and Id get the exact same burger that youd cooked. On a trip in 66-67 we ate at Bobs Big Boy. Pretty sure it was Burbank. But memories fade and hard to tell what I remember and whats been imprinted by lore. We got close and drove by a lot of attractions. No studio tours, no Disney land- Knotts Berry Farm was free. But we ate good. Under saguaro cactus in AZ- burgers a lot. 4 kids in the backseat of a 1960 Chevy Impala. No A/C no radio.

Kicked up a few childhood memories of Deming, Tucson, Hollywood, Taft etc.
thanks for the memories jolt.

I think my parents saw two celebrities. Martha Raye?? And a blonde lady that had a gossip news segment (Rona Barrett???). Stretching my brain at 0500. More coffee.


Thanks Adams! Man, I can only imagine. Obviously way before my inception. I've only heard about how Knott's started. Glad I helped bring back some good memories. :thumb:

Kybigmac
12-16-2017, 10:38 AM
You had my full attention. Two of the great joys of life,burgers and Ky bourbon!
Nice work.

PatAttack
12-16-2017, 10:40 AM
Farking killed it, Sako.

Mikhail
12-16-2017, 10:49 AM
As soon as I saw Bob's Big Boy I knew it was an Angeleno. :mrgreen:

Czarbecue
12-16-2017, 10:59 AM
Cash in that government pension and open up that diner already!

smoke ninja
12-16-2017, 11:40 AM
We use to have a ton of big boys here.
Unfortunately they are closing one by one.

That could change if you were on the line sako

Smithers1945
12-16-2017, 11:58 AM
Those burgers look bomb.com!

LYU370
12-16-2017, 12:28 PM
Mmmm... That looks good, if I recall we used to have Marc's Big Boys out here in the midwest.

ssv3
12-16-2017, 02:07 PM
We use to have a ton of big boys here.
Unfortunately they are closing one by one.

That could change if you were on the line sako

Thanks Steve! Noticed MI had a bunch. Too bad they're closing but even some locations on here weren't on par.

BillN
12-16-2017, 05:15 PM
Thanks Sako it's been 25 plus years since I have had a Bob's Big Boy all are closed in Arizona to my knowledge. A Super Big Boy was never an option so I guess I'll have one of yours plus a smash and a protein...

BillN
12-16-2017, 05:23 PM
Outstanding cook sir. In my early youth like 7-8 wed travel to Dallas to take my Dad to the airport. Wed eat at Kips Big Boy and Id get the exact same burger that youd cooked. On a trip in 66-67 we ate at Bobs Big Boy. Pretty sure it was Burbank. But memories fade and hard to tell what I remember and whats been imprinted by lore. We got close and drove by a lot of attractions. No studio tours, no Disney land- Knotts Berry Farm was free. But we ate good. Under saguaro cactus in AZ- burgers a lot. 4 kids in the backseat of a 1960 Chevy Impala. No A/C no radio.

Kicked up a few childhood memories of Deming, Tucson, Hollywood, Taft etc.
thanks for the memories jolt.

I think my parents saw two celebrities. Martha Raye?? And a blonde lady that had a gossip news segment (Rona Barrett???). Stretching my brain at 0500. More coffee.

Man do I remember those California vacations, driving in our Rambler American Station Wagon through the Kofa Mountains along the Az. Ca. border a million degrees out and no AC those were the days. We always went to Knotts Berry Farm and ate at Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant with the all you can eat biscuits and berry jam.

ssv3
12-16-2017, 06:15 PM
Thanks Sako it's been 25 plus years since I have had a Bob's Big Boy all are closed in Arizona to my knowledge. A Super Big Boy was never an option so I guess I'll have one of yours plus a smash and a protein...

:thumb:

Super Big Boy is "fairly" new. I also remember it just being the Big Boy.

ronbrad62
12-16-2017, 06:43 PM
Seriously living the good life there, my friend. But, when you cook like that, everyday is better than the previous. You nailed all of those burgers, and I did gasp when I saw the NY Strip that was about to be ground, but the end justified the means.

Smoke Dawg
12-16-2017, 07:01 PM
Dayum Neighbor. MSD is cooking Beef ribs and I am thinking I wish I had either one of those burgers.

excellent cook once again!

KevinJ
12-16-2017, 07:24 PM
Burgers look fantastic and I'm a big fan of the WT 101. :thumb:

Smokeymagoo
12-16-2017, 08:21 PM
I love burgers and that looks like one I could love.

gengle
12-17-2017, 10:29 AM
Farking Fantastic! It's been years since we've had a Bob's in PA. Got my first and only black eye in the parking lot of one of them, thrown out of and up in of another (twice), first time, umm, well you know, parents out of town ... misspent youth some would say, I'd do it all over except the black eye. The Big Boy, a farking staple! Used to dig the clam strip dinner too. ;>

jimstocks53
12-17-2017, 11:19 AM
In the North Texas area the franchises of Big Boys were called Kip's. Worked there during high school and college as a breakfast cook and manager sub. My recollection of the trademark double decker sandwich was that the standard sauce was Thousand Island. Dang! I loved the food. There is nothing finer than fresh off the grill or fries so hot you could burn your fingers. My first manager tried to get me to quit college to manage fast food. Nahhh! Thanks but don't think so.

Stingerhook
12-17-2017, 11:44 AM
So does Sako's Big Boy have a drive thru?

Mikhail
12-17-2017, 11:54 AM
We use to have a ton of big boys here.
Unfortunately they are closing one by one.

That could change if you were on the line sako

They were Elias up there, right? Here they are still strong as Frisch's Big Boys. Good enough food, but man, when we were kids their burgers were gourmet food for us.

Found this list of them all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_Restaurants#Roster_of_named_franchisees

Moose
12-17-2017, 01:48 PM
You really kicked it up a notch with this one, Sako! I was never a fan of their burgers, but I'd chow down on the one you just cooked in a heartbeat. Looks like you and I have started an interesting trend of burger copycats. I guess I need to go next...:wink:

ssv3
12-17-2017, 02:13 PM
Burgers look fantastic and I'm a big fan of the WT 101. :thumb:

Thanks Kevin! I like WT 101 too. Speaking of bourbon Booker's last night at my buddy's house. Well we had both. :becky:

https://i.imgur.com/W6RAEREh.jpg

Dayum Neighbor. MSD is cooking Beef ribs and I am thinking I wish I had either one of those burgers.

excellent cook once again!

Thanks neighbor! Have her dust it was some of her or your magic rub. :nod:

Seriously living the good life there, my friend. But, when you cook like that, everyday is better than the previous. You nailed all of those burgers, and I did gasp when I saw the NY Strip that was about to be ground, but the end justified the means.

Thanks Ron! I never made burgers with strip loin so why not right? :-D

Farking Fantastic! It's been years since we've had a Bob's in PA. Got my first and only black eye in the parking lot of one of them, thrown out of and up in of another (twice), first time, umm, well you know, parents out of town ... misspent youth some would say, I'd do it all over except the black eye. The Big Boy, a farking staple! Used to dig the clam strip dinner too. ;>



Thanks gengle!

Oh memories. One black eye? I had two and it wasn't at a Big Boy but a brawl. My only two. :laugh: Hit with iron chairs and everything. :loco:

ssv3
12-17-2017, 02:22 PM
So does Sako's Big Boy have a drive thru?

:thumb: Don't think they'd allow a drive thru in a residential Marty.

You really kicked it up a notch with this one, Sako! I was never a fan of their burgers, but I'd chow down on the one you just cooked in a heartbeat. Looks like you and I have started an interesting trend of burger copycats. I guess I need to go next...:wink:

Thanks Richard! I loved the BB burger. Pretty much all I'd get there. Been a while and obviously making it at home was a whole another lever good.

:thumb:

Go for it. What do you have in mind next? I want to do the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box next. :heh:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/HQJy1U1NS5A/hqdefault.jpg

CT-Mike
12-17-2017, 05:06 PM
I was along for the ride until you mentioned American Cheese. Otherwise a fine looking burger.

Smoking Piney
12-17-2017, 05:16 PM
I was along for the ride until you mentioned American Cheese. Otherwise a fine looking burger.

Sometimes you just have to go with "Murica". :-P

CT-Mike
12-17-2017, 05:19 PM
Sometimes you just have to go with "Murica". :-P

Never.

kingjman
12-17-2017, 05:22 PM
Heat is of my fav movies, underrated, and doesn't feel like a 2hr 50min movie
One of the best shootouts ever! Trejo hasn't aged since.

LYU370
12-17-2017, 05:24 PM
What's wrong with cheese flaps?

CT-Mike
12-17-2017, 05:32 PM
What's wrong with cheese flaps?

I'm not a fan of solidified oil.

ssv3
12-17-2017, 05:54 PM
I was along for the ride until you mentioned American Cheese. Otherwise a fine looking burger.

Thanks! What they use so I went with it. :thumb: I did have cheddar also but Murrica!!!! :-D

ssv3
12-17-2017, 07:47 PM
Heat is of my fav movies, underrated, and doesn't feel like a 2hr 50min movie
One of the best shootouts ever! Trejo hasn't aged since.

Yessir!

That guy never ages. He's got a taco stand going here.

Moose
12-17-2017, 08:09 PM
Thanks Richard! I loved the BB burger. Pretty much all I'd get there. Been a while and obviously making it at home was a whole another lever good.

:thumb:

Go for it. What do you have in mind next? I want to do the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box next. :heh:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/HQJy1U1NS5A/hqdefault.jpg

I'm thinking either a Tommy's chili cheeseburger or an Apple Pan hickory burger. With cheese, of course...:thumb:

ElQueTraz
12-17-2017, 08:11 PM
I've had both super and regular big boys. You've done that famous burger justice. Excellent play by play. The Slim Jim sandwiches at Big Boy are delicious as well.

Thanks for sharing your creation.

Big George's BBQ
12-17-2017, 08:11 PM
You nailed all of that I do have to admit I prefer my cheese melted

ssv3
12-17-2017, 08:22 PM
I'm thinking either a Tommy's chili cheeseburger or an Apple Pan hickory burger. With cheese, of course...:thumb:

Oh man! Tommy's chili cheeseburger. You have to do it. With the chili cheese fires of course :-D

http://i.imgur.com/5H9uSxLh.png

ssv3
12-17-2017, 08:27 PM
You nailed all of that I do have to admit I prefer my cheese melted

Thanks George!! I love my cheese melted too but I went restaurant style down to detail. :thumb:

I've had both super and regular big boys. You've done that famous burger justice. Excellent play by play. The Slim Jim sandwiches at Big Boy are delicious as well.

Thanks for sharing your creation.

Thanks QTraz!!

smoke ninja
12-17-2017, 08:31 PM
They were Elias up there, right? Here they are still strong as Frisch's Big Boys. Good enough food, but man, when we were kids their burgers were gourmet food for us.

Found this list of them all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_Restaurants#Roster_of_named_franchisees

Yes Elias brothers. Many have closed. Last time i went i had an awful experience with a manager. They need to change to keep up with all the options today. Even the big boy next to the corporate world headquarters office closed.