Larry is a genius in the restaurant business and he knew super fresh fish would sell. But that was a double-edged sword; he was saddled with with the unbelievably difficult task of obtaining -- on nearly a daily basis-- fresh, whole ocean fish, straight off the boats (hours away from our mountain village) and and personally portioning out hundreds of pounds of the stuff himself. While we were never a good match in our matrimonial life, in business our skills sets made a perfect marriage. Larry did the fish, all pricing and portions and training of kitchen staff. I painted the walls and ceiling and even some of the artwork, I typeset all the menus, handled all internet marketing, and trained all wait staff. We were just both good at our jobs and the division of labor was a good flow.
I used to pull folks off the street and seduce them with my sexy food talk. And at first, and for a long time, I prayed to achieve an average of 30 guests at the end of both lunch and dinner shifts, combined. We began with the six ugly tables, one waitress and two kitchen helpers. We ended with eight loyal employees and regular service for between 100-150 guests daily, off season, and between 200 and 250 per day in season. We were usually ranked number 2 of 53 restaurants, and that behind the number 1 spot, a fine bakery and not our competition. We were written up in both the Panama Moon Guide and The Lonely Planet with high compliments. The restaurant became a sort of "Cheers" for Boquete's classiest, fun people, a great core local following. But much of our business came from Panamanians and travelers.
My life, and all the adventure and drama that comes with running a restaurant, happened at Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete. I could not blog about the hilarious and perilous events that occurred during those three-plus years. But now I can... And I have some tales!
Coming soon, My Panama Restaurant Chronicles. Meantime, below is the original post used for advertising purposes, before Facebook & Trip Advisor became the go-to sites. Big Daddy's has, after just days, taken on a new feel, look and will grow with the new owner. Best to them!
Home of Boquete's Original,
Grilled Fish Taco
Fish so Fresh, it was swimming yesterday!
Best Hand-Crafted Margarita
Outrageously Good Buffalo Wings
A Delicious Selection of Grill Items
Double-Washed, Daily-Picked, Organic Salad
Vegetarian /Vegan Options
A Food-Safety Conscious Establishment
Home-Made, Fresh Local Ingredients
Prompt, Friendly Service
Outdoor Seating in our Garden Patio
PRICES: $2 - $8.95
(Whole, Fried Corvina at Market Price. Filet Mignon Dinner, $13.95)
CASH ONLY. No checks, no credit cards.
NOON - 9 pm Tuesday- Saturday
NOON - 8 pm Sunday
Questions re: Jubilado/Pensionado Restaurant Discounts? Click: www.mypanamalife.com
|Grilled Fish Tacos|
|Ronni's favorite Chcken over Salad, Strawberry Dressing|
|Grilled Fresh Dorado/Mani over Salad,Lemon Dressing|
|Informal, festive, inside dining area.|
|Filet Mignon Tacos, Monterrey Jack, Fresh Salsa Verde|
|Grilled Amberjack on Hydroponic Salad|
|Made with "LOVE & BUTTER" from Elizabeth's kitchen|
|Fish Tacos w/Hand-Dipped Rings, Avacado-Chipotle + Fruity Pico de Gallo|
|Grilled, Blackened Tuna Filet Sandwich (L)..Cheeseburger (R) + Rings|
|One-Day Special. Fresh Grilled Tuna Filet Salad atop Organic Salad|
|Home-Made Citrus Ice Cream w/Fresh Strawberry Mandarin Topping|
|Dayra, Jim Omer, Gisela & One 3-lb. Corvina!|
|Jim, Boquete Outdoor Adventure. Numero Uno Fish Eater!|
|Shrimp Tacos, Double Slaw|
|"DOUBLE DOG" HAND-DIPPED CORN DOGS + BY-HAND ONION RINGS|
Depending on the catch, varieties include: Tuna; Snook; Amberjack; Swordfish; Dorado; Corvina; Pargo; Shrimp & more.
Fish is served GRILLED or FRIED, as a Sandwich on a Bakery Bun; atop a large, organic Salad, or as a Platter... with a choice of fresh sides. We've been told by people who seek them out that our Grilled Fish Tacos are some of the tastiest! Sandwiches (Fish; Chicken Breast; Vegan) are ample & served on a bakery bun. For something Very Panamanian, try the Whole Fish "Entero" ...
Our Fried Chicken is juicy and cooked to perfection! Corn Dogs & Onion Rings are hand-dipped. It's been said by many that Big Daddy's Grill has the Best Burger in town, served with a side of Pickles, LTM plus Cole Slaw, Fries or Rice & Beans. Our Grilled & Blackened Tuna Sandwich has become a local favorite. Portions are ample so you never leave hungry!
FOR THE CONSCIOUS EATER
Whether you are Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian or just a Healthy eater, we have several options for those who don't want to sacrifice taste for freshness! Our large Salad Platters are Organic, Hydroponic & Double-Washed & SAFE. Home-made dressings include Strawberry or Olive-Lime. Vegetarians can fill up on Salads, Delicious Vege Tacos or our own, Home-Made, Vegan Burger.
Citrus Ice Cream is Home-Made, just for Big Daddy's, fresh, light & topped w/Elizabeth's Strawberry Sauce.
Big Daddy's is known for it's hand-crafted MARGARITA prepared with our own Home Made Sour Mix & Premium Liquors, including Cointreau & Jose Cuervo Tequila!
Dine in the peaceful setting of a Panamanian non-smoking "Patio" (a.k.a. the Secret Garden), in our casual dining room, or, for a busy street side view, out on the front porch.
|Elizabeth's Hand-Pulled Chowder, Personal Loaf Bakery Bread|
|Vegan Burgers on Bakery Bun (hidden), Black Beans & Rice|
|Chayote Soup w/Saffron, Lemon Grass & Secret Spices|
|Chris & Lindsey on her Birthday|
|WHOLE, FRIED CORVINA WITH PATACONES|
|TENDER "PINKS" ATOP ORGANIC SALAD, PEACH ICED TEA|
|BRENDA, MARK AND GUESTS|
|Rodrigo w/our Kitchen Staff & Me. He grows all our Hydroponic Salads!|
|THE SALAD GURU GIVES OUR KITCHEN A CLASS ON HYDROPONICS|
|HOT STAFF, ODALYS VERONICA & BELKIS|