My father owned the dry cleaners on Coney Island Avenue and Ave X. I remember opening day for Big Daddys and I ate lunch there every saturday when I worked for my dad. Truly was second only to Nathans.
Hi Mitch... I used to live above a cleaners on Avenue X... Was you dad Jack?
i knew everybody who hung out there......
I worked at Big Daddy's during the Summer of 1975. Quite a trip...
Very nostalgic times for me looking at these pictures. I remember eating the best hot dogs and burgers here. Better than Nathans I thought.
I remember going to Big Daddys all the time. Used to live close off of Avenue Z. Wish I could still go there. Was second only to Nathans
i remember going to Big Daddy's with my father. I had my first sip of beer with him there. Coney Island Ave.
I lived around the corner and went there often. Those were the good ole days!!!!!!
Thanks for the website
WOW - great hot dogs and fries there!!! for some reason, we only at there in the middle of the night. :-)
Great franks! I remember seeing Big Daddy in the Flatbush location. What a great moment!
great memories as a kid
Thanks for this website. I remember those fries. They were so delicious.
Great site, thanks for the memories
Anyone remember if they had Capozella (broiled lamb brain) on the menu in Brooklyn?
As far as I can remember no Capozella, but ironically I was just talking about that dish the other day. They did have Frog Legs (which by the way Nathan's in Coney Island stillk serves).
The pictures bring back a ton of memories... I remember making donuts in the back.... LOL..... I was also standing playing pinball when the news of Elvis died....
OH MAN WHAT MEMORIES GREW UP IN BORO PARK REMEMBER MY DAD TAKING US THERE MANY MANY NIGHTS AS A KID THE WHOLE PLACE JUST FASCINATED ME SO MUCH
I REMEMBER GOING TO CONEY ISLAND AVE LOCATION WHEN I WAS LIVING IN BELLE HARBOR. WHEN I PASSED MY WRITTEN DRIVERS TEST/PERMIT I CELEBRATED BY GOING TO SUTPHIN BLVD. LOCATION. ALL THE FOOD WAS VERY TASTY. GREAT PICTURES AND MEMORIES.
Lived near flatbush and church and do not remember a Big Daddy's at 908 Flatbush or one near Brooklyn college.
As a child, we went to the location on Rockaway Turnpike.
I loved the hot dogs.They were something you could not get at any other fast food place at the time.
Where can I get an order of shrimp toast?
I lived in the Bay most of my life. After I got my license, my friends and I spent many nights there. Sometimes, we go there to hang out. other times we'd end up there after a night out.
I have many memories (most, I can't post ;) But one time, I was trying to get the pump on the big mustard to work... and finally, I hit it hard and it shot all over a man standing next to me - in a light blue suit (hey, it was the 70's!) LOL He was not happy, but it still makes me laugh.
Makes me laugh too. Thanks for sharing :)
i lived on Hubbard st between x and y and hung out at marcos candy store ave y and coney hung out at big daddys alot so many memories one funny one is when me and a child hood friend climb on the roof to get a great view mich ryder and the Detroit wheels were playing and when we got on the roof it was freshly tared there went my new cons sneakers ruined so pissed great times heard them play devil with the blue dress so funny.
I can remember go to treat myself to a hot dog & fries after getting my drivers permit in Jamaica Queens. The Big Daddy's was on Sutphin Blvd just south of Jamaica Avenue
New pictures of Sutphin Blvd have been located and posted to the Big Daddy’s Tribute Site. Enjoy.
I lived on East 12th btwn. X and Y... The delicious aroma of the onions being grilled in the morning would drive us crazy! The whole family would go for special occasions and we would order extra onions on everything. My mom never let us play on the pinball machines...she always said they were for the hoodlums...go figure...
your mother was right i was one of those hoodlums back then but grew up to be a good boy lol
after school waiting for the Q9 would get a burger &c&c soda back in the mid 80,s.
Big Daddys’ on Coney Island ave. had “CB Radio” Breaks which was a hang out for all the people on the air to meet. I went a few times around 1976… I was 14. It was also kind of a swap meet for CB gear, guys would have CB’s & parts on the food tables.
The last time I went a fight broke out, never went back. Going there in the 60’s it was great place and a closer alternative to Nathan’s.
We lived on Ocean Parkway & Ave M.
I lived in Sheepshead bay in the early 60's at Ave. X and East 13th Street. I went to P.S. 209 , and remember Big Daddy's' well.
Thanks for posting, alot of good stuff here. Why did big daddys go down, there were a good amount of locations and the franchises in south Florida was a perfect plan seeing there are so many New Yorkers in that area either for the winter or retired.
My dad spent many hours there. He loves this site!
I made many "midnight runs" to there. Wish it was still there. Big Daddy's was better than Nathan's.
I used to live 2 blocks away at 701 Gerald Court and remember numerous visits to Big Daddy's for great food.
I loved big Daddy's
Went there with my fataher and brother as kids. We lived in Brighton beach.
Thank for the trip
I lived right next to the Big Daddy's on Rutland Road and Utica Avenue which I could see from my bedroom window. They were only there for a few years. They took over the location from Charcoal Chef, the previous owner which also only lasted for two or three years at that location. I remember the day the building (which was built strong enough to last for a hundred years) was demolished. There was a drive in window and I saw the demolition truck drive right through it giving a new meaning to "drive in."
I love Big Daddy's :)
The parents considered Big Daddy's a cheaper alternative to going to Coney Island and Nathans. We'd make it a long afternoon. The folks didn't worry about having to spend a fortune on rides, games and souvenirs should we have gone to Surf Ave.
Same here. When things were tough $$$ M&D would take us to Big Daddy's instead of Coney Island. They had a few kiddie rides. The prices were cheaper and franks and fries we're just as good as Nathan's. I was fortunate to acquire a Big Daddy vintage clear cup with BD's logo recently.
Can you email a picture of the cup to email@example.com?
I’d love to see it and post with your permission.
My grandfather was Bob “Big Daddy” Napp. On my mother’s side. He passed away in 1990, but he would be thrilled to see all these memories people sharing. -Jon
I remember the Big Daddy’s across the street from my home at Utica and Rutland. I also remember the day it was demolished. A back hoe drove in thru the drive in window.