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Bob's Big Boy

Restaurants, Hamburgers Burbank
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Photograph: Michael JulianoBob's Big Boy.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoBob's Big Boy.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoThe Big Boy at Bob's Big Boy.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoBob's Big Boy.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoChocolate shake at Bob's Big Boy.
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
Photograph: Michael JulianoBob's Big Boy.

Time Out says

In distinctly Southern California fashion, this Burbank standby built in 1949—it’s the oldest surviving Bob’s Big Boy location—is all about the automobile. Its colossal neon sign and familiar, rotund Big Boy recall a time when roadside restaurants screamed at drivers for their attention. The parking lot might as well be a second dining room, with car hop service on Saturday and Sunday nights as well as a classic car meet-up on Fridays. Inside, a lengthy concave countertop cuts through the comfortable coppertone diner. The most notable feature, though, is a sense of pop culture history, with a designated booth that the Beatles once dined at and the knowledge that David Lynch neurotically came by every day at 2:30pm for seven years to slurp down a chocolate milkshake.

Breakfast is available all day at Big Boy’s—just be sure to ask for the special breakfast menu if it’s not already on your table—but if it’s bacon and eggs you crave, you may be disappointed. The Eggs with Bacon or Sausage (two eggs, two strips of bacon, hash browns and toast) is on the bland side, needing a healthy dose of pepper and salt. So what’s good here? The burger, which comes dressed with just the right amount of ketchup, relish and mayo. The patty avoids common diner faux pas: either thin and overcooked rubbery discs; or bible-thick and overcooked slabs of grey meat. Here, it’s a medium-rare balance that rivals the juiciness of an In-n-Out patty. The accompanying fries are crisp wedges that don’t get soggy over time, but the real kicker is Bob’s shakes—particularly the chocolate, which comes with a supplemental tin of extra blended ice cream that makes one order enough for two sweet-toothed diners.



Address: 4211 W Riverside Dr
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
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When I used to live in the area, I stopped here many times with friends after a night out drinking. The burgers, fries, and shakes are exactly what you'd expect from a diner-style spot like this. It's really a fun & nostalgic place to stop for a bite - especially when it's late and you're craving a filling burger or something of the like. 


The oldest and the best of the Bob's Big Boy restaurants, and pure comfort food for all of us growning up in LA in from the 1950s to 1970s (by which time McDonald's had succeeded in stealing Bob's double-decker burger with special sauce). Bob's in Burbank and in neighboring areas was always the place where Valley kids could meet up, eat cheap and good food and our parents weren't worried that we were in dens of iniquity. The staff's tolerance for noisy, cheap teenagers was also part of the draw. Bob's has extended the menu, but the double-decker burger, fries and a shake are the classic menu items (and are so much better than McDonald's). Burbank has had a huge redevelopment over the years and is no longer the butt of Laugh-In's "beautiful downtown Burbank" joke. But this place doesn't need much changing and is a celebration of everything wonderful about laid-back and just fun LA.


The atmosphere if fun and wholesome. The food tastes decent enough depending on what you order. However, despite the old-school feel, a lot of items are not home made and contain preservatives. I was hoping for home made corned beef hash, sausage, etc, but they are your typical canned / preserved variety. 


CLASSIC! I thought this place was a joke when I moved here, but it's amazing. Quick service, good food, and super chill atmosphere. Fridays are classic car shows and there's real syrup in the Vanilla Coke. Yay!


The burgers here aren't any better than In-N-Out but cost more than a few bucks more. The shakes, on the other hand, are fantastic. But really I enjoy coming here for the old-school ambiance; it's at once a classic piece of local pop culture and a greasy spoon hangout.