Neon nights: Big Boy’s Diner

Diners have been a huge part of the American history because it was usually the place where Americans traveling long miles take their rest, socialize with other travelers, fuel their cars, and have a meal any time of the day. Diners have been a symbol of America, especially in most pop culture, and the Philippines, being one of the main bearers of American culture in Asia– diners-themed restaurants gained so much popularity and they spread out like wildfire around the Philippines.

One of the nearest diners in our area is the Big Boy’s Diner which has been very popular as a place where people do photo shoots because of the blue, violet and red neon lights that also became trendy because of the American series Riverdale. They open at around 5pm, and it’s really important that you come earlier and reserve a table because the place is small so the seats are very limited.

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Upon entering you will be mesmerized with how they could convince you that you stepped into another era. The colors and style of the seats, the arrangement of the whole restaurant, the style of the menu, the design, and the uniform of the servers are all like a cutout from pictures of American diners in the 50’s.

But I think that’s all that this restaurant can offer.

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We ordered Macho Nacho (Php140) which is nachos consisting cheese sauce, salsa, and few chicken bites. In the first few bites, it’s still crunchy, but as you go to the inner part the nachos are soggy and you have to shove it to your mouth very fast or else it will crumble.

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We also ordered Big Boy’s Burger (Php200) which is a burger with tomato, lettuce, bacon, onion, American cheese, mushrooms, and a beef patty. There is no problem with the burger, from the buns to patty they are really cooked well. The patty was also thick enough and the lettuce was fresh.

However, the onion rings that come with it was really surprising. This is the first time I saw onion rings as thin, weak, and tasteless as this. The onion rings almost looked like pasta. I hope they would improve this, or remove it from their menu at all.

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The last thing we ordered was the Waffle (Php85) which I forgot why we really ordered. But it was thick and good enough but I hope they would be more generous with the syrup because this is very thick and it doesn’t have anything in it.

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For our drinks, we had Vanilla (Php140) and Unicorn Milkshakes (Php150). The Vanilla was enough to bring the boys in the yard but the Unicorn was the one that would shoo away the boys because it was so sweet and you would really get goosebumps in every sip.

At around 6pm, the lights turned on and everyone started taking photos of themselves, their friends, and the place because it suddenly turned similar to 50’s diners in America.

So of course, we will not miss this chance!

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To sum it up, Big Boy’s Diner is a good restaurant, it has a good place, good price, and a good idea of the menu. However, I think they have to work on few things: First, customer service, regardless of how tired the diners are every diner is different so they shouldn’t be frowning at their diners just because the previous ones didn’t receive them well. Probably try to be more enthusiastic, recommend a food, and volunteer to take photos of them– you know try to be friendly. Second, I know the place is very popular but they shouldn’t pressure the people seated just because some people are waiting outside. It’s still a first come first served basis. Don’t come to the table and get the menu because it’s like saying “You don’t have any order? Ok, you better leave so the next one can come in and order.” Not everyone who comes to the restaurant just wants to eat, sometimes they also need to chat??? Lastly, they should improve their menu. They already have a grasp of what should be on the menu, they just have to improve the taste and the presentation.

So there you have it! If you want to visit diner with the 50’s vibes, go to Big Boy’s Diner! You can find it at 128 Sto. Domingo Avenue Corner Sta. Catalina Street, Banawe, Quezon City. Hope to hear your experience!

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Almost midnight meal: Denny’s

Denny’s has been a word of mouth for being synonymous to iHop, but I’m not really a fan of pancakes so I wasn’t that interested in this restaurant. However, our “late dinner” was already close to midnight snack and there were only a few restaurants left open– and Denny’s was one of them.

So why not give it a try?

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As far as I remember it was around 10 PM when we peeked at the restaurant and one of the staffs gladly opened the door saying that they are not yet closed and they still get orders.

So, we went in and chose a corner couch seat because there was a TV near it and my brother wanted to watch the NBA game. I also liked that spot because it’s quieter and I’d get less distracted by people coming in or passing by. After we have settled, the server handed us the menu and we ordered right away. Actually, I was worried that they would say that some of the dishes are already unavailable because they ran out of ingredients. But fortunately, they are all still available!

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Skillet Wrap (Php335)

One of the food that we ordered was the Skillet Wrap (Php335) it is nacho meat and pico de gallo, wrapped in a tortilla on a pepper jack cheese sauce topped with sunny side up egg. It’s one of the most delicious food I ate in my life, they place my favorites in one skillet. Plus! The egg was cooked very well. So I’m really sure that the next time I dine at Denny’s this will be my order!

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The Original Slam (Php385)

Another food that we ordered was The Original Slam (Php385) it was the traditional American breakfast with pancakes, bacon, sausage, and egg. There’s nothing much special about it, I even told my brother that he can pay me Php350 and I’ll make that for him. But I wonder how I’d make pancakes that thick and fluffy?

Let’s not forget that Denny’s was very generous with the syrup, they have a bottle for every table. I won’t be surprised if we’d get Diabetes after eating! #NoRegrets

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Chicken and Pork Adobo (Php295)

We also ordered Chicken and Pork Adobo (Php295) which also has nothing much special aside from the 2 well-cooked egg there. The Adobo was in the middle of being sour and sweet, and the price for it is a little too much. But you see, the egg was there, it makes every food good. (Nope, you’re wrong, egg is not my favorite food.)

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Choco Overload Peanut Butter Pancake Plate (Php395)

Then, this is my order: Choco Overload Peanut Butter Pancake Plate (Php395). If you’re going to ask me why I ordered this after saying that I’m not a fan of pancakes– well my answer is that I also don’t know. Probably I was being a glutton that time or I just made a mistake, but all I know is that the pancake was really delicious in the first few bites. The chocolate and the peanut butter really goes well with the fluffy pancake and there was even a time that I poured some syrup into it. Oh! I remember how shiver went down my spine when it touched my tongue.

But nevertheless, the bacon, sausage, and egg are magnificent, they were a huge help in pacifying the sweetness.

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Strawberry Milkshake (Php205) and Salted Caramel frappe (Php95).

 

Just when you thought that we are already having tooth ache, we also ordered Strawberry Milkshake (Php205) and Salted Caramel frappe (Php95).

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Then they also gave us free bottles of Andy Player as a Father’s day treat– which I was subtly wishing to taste but never got the chance.

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To sum it up, Denny’s was able to provide a good service, their food was above average, although I hope they’d work on a little with the prices because it’s too much for its quality.

Nevertheless, it was really enjoyable because I was with my family.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a late-night restaurant with the American cuisine vibes, go to Denny’s! You can find it on the Fourth Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City. Hope to hear your experience!