Everything gets better as it gets bigger, including top hats, babies, and cell phones circa 1994. Turn your modest appetite into an appetitanic with today's Groupon: for $5, you can enjoy $10 worth of burgers, sides, fries, and more at Big Juds, a Boise State University staple and home to the one-pound patty phenomenon, the Big Jud.
Though the stars may not align you with the life-altering Big Jud Special—a one-pound patty blanketed in cheddar, ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickle, onion, tomato, and lettuce, served with fries, an optional infant for scale comparison, and a tall thirst quencher ($14.99 for a regular, $18.99 for a double)—you'll still be able to savor the grilled goodness in a smaller package. A variety of flavorful creations range from the reuben burger (pastrami, swiss, and all the basic fixins, $5.49 for a regular, $7.29 for a double) to the next-smallest nesting doll in the Big Jud collection, the classic double cheeseburger ($5.99). Other non-gargantuan, non-red-meat options include the chicken sandwich ($4.49 for a single, $6.49 for a double), a halibut dinner basket dressed with fries or tots ($7.99), and for the victory lap, a waffle cone of ice cream ($2.99 for a single, $3.99 for a double).
With plenty of tasty meats and fresh fries, Big Juds is the place to celebrate summer, consumption-based achievements, and anniversaries with one Big Jud Special and two straws. If a date night seems too exclusive, bring a few fellow enthusiasts and use up to two Groupons for tables of four or more.
Big Juds was featured on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, and the Big Jud Special was named Best Burger in Idaho by the Food Network. Yelpers give the eatery a 4.5-star average, three Citysearchers) give it an average of five, and 75% of more than 150 Urbanspooners recommend it:
There are many potential explanations for the popularity of Big Jud's specialty burgers. It could be their inventive combinations of toppings such as green chili peppers, blue cheese, and onion rings. Or maybe it could be their gargantuan size. Adam Richman of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food hit the nail on the head when he described the Double Big Jud burger as "so huge, it has its own gravitational pull." Adam’s rendition of the plate-sized, two-patty burger kept his frightened table from fleeing the scene with an anchor of bacon, mushrooms, and swiss and blue-cheese toppings. Today, the Man Versus Food burger stands in the menu as a testament to his courage to eat the entire thing himself.
Those who balk at the prospect of conquering a Big Jud burger alone can split a party-size combo with friends, or simply request one of the menu’s 12 smaller burgers. Though they owe their reputation to their beefy meals, Big Jud's chefs also cook chicken sandwiches and famously gargantuan fresh-cut fries, which Boise Weekly deemed "potato-based Lincoln Logs." For dessert, ice cream, milkshakes, and malts complete the restaurant’s old-fashioned-diner vibe.
1289 Protest Rd.
Boise, Idaho 83706