Big Boy Restaurant – Sanford, Florida

I grew up eating at Bob’s Big Boy during summers when I visited my paternal grandmother who lived in Glendale, California. I was hoping to recapture some of that magical time in my life by hitting up a Big Boy that I had heard had opened up in Sanford, Florida.

If you grew up in the Midwest then Frisch’s Big Boy might sound much more familiar to you.

In Feb of 2009, I made a trip to Atlanta, Georgia with a couple of my buddies to just eat, that’s it. My plan was to stop at the Big Boy restaurant on the way up but my “pals” had other ideas. It made us venture too far west so I was outvoted two to one.

Two years later (during National Burger Month) I was able to convince my wife to drive there when we were staying in Orlando. Sanford is just north of there. I was excited during the drive and even more excited when I saw the 8 foot tall Big Boy outside the restaurant.

All that excitement went away once I ate the Big Boy. So much so, that I lost any real interest in documenting the experience on here.

This post was written after the Sanford Big Boy location shut down.

8 Foot Tall Big Boy Statue
Neon Orange Buffalo Style Chicken Tenders
Onion Rings & Fries
Triple-Decker Turkey Club Sandwich
Big Boy Double Deck Hamburger
Big Boy Double Deck Hamburger

Yes, the Big Boy does looks like a Big Mac and no Big Boy did not copy McDonald’s. It was actually the other way around, true story. But you would have known that already if you had read my book All About the Burger.


  1. When I was a kid, I loved their chili spaghetti. (Side note: Miami transplant from Glendale, CA.)

      1. Let me put it to you this way: When I fly back to see my family, I go to Tommy’s FIRST, then I go see my family. It’s a tradition.


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