Located in downtown Boquete, Panama is Big Daddy’s restaurant displaying a huge front porch overlooking the main street. Big Daddy’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating, with the back outdoor garden patio being the most coveted spot. Their 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 secured the primo tables directly in front of the bar. I loved that Big Daddy’s has attractive and inviting bold colored table linens. Many locals frequent the restaurant and we have friends who live in Potrerillos who dine there a few 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. The tacos were prepared with local fresh fish, homemade sauces, and were delicious. I preferred 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.
Something To Be Said About Sticking With Tried and True Favorites
We placed our dinner orders and enjoyed the beer selections and margaritas until the food was served. Even though we were a big group, the food was served at the same time, which I liked. The hamburgers were raved about and can also be ordered on a bed of lettuce for those watching their carb intake. The grilled Sicilian pork chop was moist and picture perfect, but best of all, delectable! All of the fish dinners were devoured in minutes.
Two of us ordered the bleu cheese filet mignon and unfortunately, it was not a good choice. The sides (rice and beans) were tasty, but both of our steaks were nearly inedible and mostly gristle. Because of this, I was only able to take four bites that were the quality of steak I would actually eat, and that part was enjoyable. It must have just been a bad night because I have many friends who order this regularly.
I should have mentioned to the owner, whom I am sure would have made amends immediately; however, our service had been great and the other food perfect, 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 divine!
I highly recommend Big Daddy’s as a great place to eat local fresh food that is reasonably priced and has some of the best service you will find in Boquete. I wish them continued success.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest): 8 1/2
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