Daddy, Help!

Big Daddy's Grill House is good, but bring a defibrillator

Ribs were fall-off-the-bone cooked, dry and with little hint of seasoning or even smoke. They were accompanied by a sweetish sauce, a dip that added little to the meat. But it's meat dished out in all-you-can-eat quantities, so the sauce is a flea speck in the bigger picture.

Relax. The headliner will warm your return-on-investment cockles (and restrict the arteries thereof, heh). It is a work of art worthy of your attention, time and resources. It's called the Big Daddy burger, but the name doesn't come close to capturing the glory of the thing. This flywheel of a sandwich is a 1.5-pound beef patty covered with a quarter-pound of aged cheddar cheese. It's slipped between a huge un-toasted bun the size of a satellite dish. They manage to slip some shredded lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickle in there, but they're easy to dislodge without disturbing the quarter-pound cheddar wad.

A section of Big Daddy's is dedicated to the burgers and the people who eat them. Snapshots of customers posing with their Big Daddies litter the wall. Most look bewildered; more than a few possess an ample girth. Do any of these people actually finish the Big Daddy? Big Daddy's manager Tamara Siverson says about 200 people have completely snarfed it. A waitress informs us that one customer--with arms as thick as the waitress' head--routinely knocks off Big Daddy in seven minutes flat. (Note: Our marketing department is attempting to locate this gentleman to serve as spokesman for the Pac 10 Stent Bowl we're sponsoring with the Beef Jerky Producers of America.) Big Daddy's once had a roulette wheel for those who successfully finish the burger to spin for free desserts. Now Big Daddy's simply offers to "gladly wheel you out to your car if you eat the whole thing," which is what we do with stent patients. Do you see the priceless synergy here, people?

If you eat the Big Daddy burger and live, they promise to wheel you out to your car.
Tom Jenkins
If you eat the Big Daddy burger and live, they promise to wheel you out to your car.

Location Info


Big Daddy's Grill House

2020 N. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Allen/ McKinney


Fried pickles $5.95
Big Daddy's house salad $5.25
Onion rings $4.50
Chicken gumbo $3.95
Jalapeño steak $13.95
Barbecue ribs $10.95
Big Daddy burger $10.95

The Big Daddy is so important to our business it almost seems beside the point to talk about taste. But this elephantine mitt-full is delicious: juicy, rich and chewy.

My advice to you: Pool your resources and seriously consider a hostile takeover of Big Daddy's. This Grill House concept would be a bulwark against those forces that threaten to gnaw at your stent industry investments. Can you imagine the upside if we were able to open a Big Daddy's in every city with a population of 75,000 and a decent medical center? Of course you can. Heart. You've got it. 2020 N. Central Expressway, McKinney,

972-562-6617. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday,

11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. $-$$

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