Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle discs to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of burgers, shakes, chili, and more at Bob's Big Boy Broiler. This Groupon is redeemable at either the Downey or the Torrance location.
Serving broiled burgers and zestful french fries within a large, '50s-designed time capsule, Bob's Big Boy Broiler cooks all-American eats that pledge allegiance to filling unfilled stomachs. Those sniffing around the menu for spicy stews can send tongues swimming through Big Boy's famous chili ($4.29). Erase painful memories of living a single-stacked life by equipping yourself with Big Boy's original double-decker hamburger ($6.99), two patties of juicy ground beef, seasoned with a tangy special sauce. Other classic entrees include the bacon, lettuce, and tomato supreme ($7.99), unexpectedly topped with avocado, and the chicken parmigiana ($9.99), an Italian-seasoned chicken breast partnered with melted mozzarella. Remind yourself how good "I Like Ike" buttons used to taste by capping the meal with an old-fashioned dessert such as a thick ice-cream shake ($3.99) or a banana split ($4.59).
Opened as Harvey's Broiler in 1958, the space-age architecture, neon lights, and broiler technology at Bob's Big Boy in Downey remain intact, though much has been rebuilt after the building was partially demolished in 2007. Bob's Big Boy in Downey revives retro attitudes by having a car-hop wait staff (4 p.m. to 10 p.m. everyday), as well as Hot Rod and Custom Cruise nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bob's Big Boy Broiler won the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2010 President's Award and was featured in the Press-Telegram when it opened. Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, and five Citysearchers give it a four-star average:
Bob's Big Boy
Originally founded in 1936 in Glendale, California, Big Boy’s flagship location initially bore the name Bob’s Pantry after owner Bob Wian. At a diner’s request, Bob piled two beef patties onto a bun to create the Classic Big Boy—an original double-decker hamburger that would become so popular that the small burger stand would eventually grow into a franchise of more than 100 U.S. locations. Legend has it that Bob named the creation after one of his most loyal customers: a 6-year-old boy in droopy overalls who would one day ascend to mascot stardom.
Though the menu has since expanded to include sandwiches, homestyle dinners, and breakfast, the eatery still serves its namesake burger stacked high with two patties, american cheese, shredded lettuce, and a special sauce. A large, overall-clad statue stands guard at every location, reminding patrons of the restaurant’s humble beginnings and that children will turn to stone should they not eat enough cheeseburgers.