Bob’s Big Boy / El Cajon | San Diego, CA
I know it’s very likely that as a child I went to Bob’s Big Boy. They used to be pretty prevalent back in the day, but I just don’t remember ever going to one. It’s not within my fuzzy memory banks of “places we ever ate it”. I do have fuzzy memories of going to a Fuddrucker’s and a Boil Weevil, but never a Bob’s Big Boy. So, let’s just say that this was my first visit that I actually remember as an adult.
I probably still wouldn’t have visited Bob’s Big Boy if it hadn’t been for the fact that I got some free discounted coupons from The Daily Save. I actually got two of them and they let us use them together, which was nice (since on the coupons it said “One per person, per day).
Jake, T and I headed out to El Cajon on a very, very hot day (you remember it, I’m sure), happy to be going somewhere with some air conditioning for a little relief, even if El Cajon is like a heat trap. We plopped down into a booth and looked over the menu for foods. Jake ended up getting something breakfast-y, T got a burger and I got fried chicken which was kind of dinner-y.
My meal came with a garden salad. Pretty standard fare with glops of blue cheese dressing on it. Not too shabby.
Here’s T’s lunch of a BBQ Burger and Fries. He let Jake and I both try the hamburger meat and I must say that I wasn’t really impressed. It sort of tasted like Salisbury steak but without the sauce. I don’t know how else to describe the flavor of it, but it wasn’t something I really enjoyed and I was glad I didn’t get a burger. T seemed to think it was all right though.
Jake got a breakfast platter with eggs, hash browns, pancakes, bacon and sausage. Again, this was average, fair food. In the constant battle between hash browns v. Keith’s hash browns, Keith’s wins again. I don’t remember what the rest of the breakfast food was like, but I remember Jake let me have some of his syrup which I used on my chicken (I was thinking of chicken & waffles at the time).
The Fried Chicken dinner came with 1 side and I chose mashed potatoes and gravy. The chicken itself was cooked well, but I felt like the outer coating of the chicken was too strong and too thick. It seemed off to me.
After eating a little of the chicken, I discovered there was some kind of stuffing in the bottom of my chicken pieces. I had never really heard of stuffing in a chicken like this before. While a neat idea, this didn’t really do it for me. The stuffing was too salty and concentrated in flavor to be really enjoyable. I wouldn’t like to eat this stuffing outside of my chicken, much less within it. I was very surprised to find it, too, since it wasn’t mentioned on the menu’s description at all.
After some mediocre food I tried to make up for it by ordering a piece of pie – namely, some Strawberry Pie. It was passable in my book, but no where near the most delicious pie I’ve ever had, strawberry or otherwise. I liked the strawberries in their cool glaze with the whipped cream on it. It was satisfying enough for me, but not really something I feel I had to come back for – there are other places that do pies – and other foods – a lot better than Big Boy’s.
All in all I’d have to say that I don’t foresee a return trip. The food was just okay, nothing really made an impression on me, and I think there are better, more local places that do the diner thing a lot better than this.
Bob’s Big Boy
937 Parkway Plaza
El Cajon, CA 92020