Located in the midst of downtown Boquete, Panama is Big Daddy’s restaurant displaying a hugefront porch overlooking the main street. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating, with the back outdoor garden patio being the most coveted spot of them all. The service is good, the menu has plenty of options, and new owner Mike makes sure things are running up to speed in his establishment.
Some of Big Daddy’s “Regulars”
My friends and I enjoyed a special going away party there and were able to secure the primo tables directly in front of the bar. I love that Big Daddy’s uses attractive and inviting bold colored table linens. Many locals frequent the restaurant and we have friends who live in Potrerillos who dine there a couple times a week. How is that for a dedicated following?
We started our meal with a few appetizers and the onion rings were the biggest hit. I typically order fish tacos from Big Daddy’s, which is what they are known for. They are prepared with local fresh fish, homemade sauces, and are absolutely delicious. I prefer to have mine blackened, which they will do upon request. Being here for dinner, I opted to try something I had heard great reviews about from many friends in Boquete: the bleu cheese filet mignon.
We placed our dinner orders and enjoyed the beer selections and margaritas until the food was served. Even though a big group, all the food was served at the same time, an important detail in my book. The hamburgers were raved about and can be served on a bed of lettuce for those watching their carb intake. The grilled Sicilian pork chop was moist and gorgeous, and best of all, delicious! All the fish dinners were devoured in minutes.
Two of us ordered the bleu cheese filet mignon and unfortunately, it was not good choice. The sides (rice and beans) were delicious, but both of our steaks were nearly inedible. They were mostly gristle and though moist and flavorful, I was only able to have four bites that were the quality of steak I would actually eat. It must have just been a bad night because I have many friends who order this regularly. I could’ve mentioned to the owner and I am sure he would have made amends immediately, but we’d had great service and plenty of other food so I just let it pass. Next time, I am going back to my fish tacos. Might I also mention that the cole slaw is perfecto!
I highly recommend Big Daddy’s as a great place to eat local fresh food that is reasonably priced and have some of the best service you will find in Boquete. I wish them all the luck with their continued success.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest): 8 1/2
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