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What's the difference between a Big Mac and the Bob's Big Boy Classic burger?

ipsedixit Feb 4, 2010 02:18 PM

This recent thread on the Los Angeles board on a recent opening of a Bob's Big Boy http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6848... not only brought back fond, nostalgic memories, but also got me wondering if there is any difference between the Big Mac and the Bob's Big Boy Classic.

Is there one?

Both burgers are essentially two patties wedged between a triple decker type bun, with special sauce, cheese and lettuce right?

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    Jelly71 Feb 4, 2010 02:43 PM

    for me, it's the sauce. Bob's red relish and the Big Mac Secret Sauce both have very distinct, different flavors. i find i crave the Big Mac more than the Big Boy because Mac is sweeter and Bob's is tangy.

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    1. re: Jelly71
      GH1618 Jan 26, 2014 10:38 AM

      Interesting. That's exactly why there is so much sugar in our food. It gets the customer hooked.

      1. re: GH1618
        carolinadawg Jan 26, 2014 04:57 PM

        Or it could be that since humans are biologically wired to seek sugar, food companies are simply responding to what people want.

    2. monku Feb 4, 2010 03:03 PM

      Maybe $3 ?
      Both a poor excuse for a burger.
      $1.99 Big Carl beats them both.

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      1. re: monku
        TomSwift Feb 5, 2010 10:23 AM

        I had one of those Big Carl's yesterday for the first . The meat is superior bcause of the flame broiling. I requested "no cheese" which they were happy to do but when I asked how much the price would decrease because they're saving on the cheese they replied no discount. Then I asked for a tomato slice (.30!), and some pickels (another 30 cents). I didn't dare ask for extra onions (who knows what that would have cost!). A single flaccid letttuce leaf and spread on both buns, not too thick. In it's original form only servicable (but a better value than McD). Doctor it up and increase the cost and its probably not a bad berger for CJ.

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          monku Feb 5, 2010 07:54 PM

          No cheese for me either. A very serviceable burger for the price.

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        Jobe1 Jan 26, 2014 10:30 AM

        The difference is the Big Boy is the original and the Big Mac is the copy. There is some confusion about that because both have been around seemingly forever but the Big Boy was definitely there ahead of McDonald's. The Big Mac was created because McDonald's lacked a signature burger like the Big Boy. Big Boy was stronger competition to McDonald's back in the 50's and early 60's because McD's didn't have the market penetration they do today. Big Boy also had a lot of infighting between it's largest franchisees and the parent company that slowed their growth allowing McD's to pull away from them so for a lot of people their first exposure to that type of burger would be from McDonald's and not Big Boy leaving them the impression that McDonald's originated the idea.

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          acgold7 Jan 26, 2014 11:22 AM

          But yes, since this has been revived, the only real difference, as noted in the first reply, is the sauce. Bob's is ketchup and sweet relish based, while the Mac is basically Thousand Island, more or less.

          1. mucho gordo Jan 26, 2014 01:02 PM

            Bob's has always been better by far in every way

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            1. re: mucho gordo
              treb Jan 31, 2014 05:46 AM

              Yes, back in the day, I considered the Big Boy Drive-In my office (hang out) so to speak, I was always there! The Big Boy burger has a taste that is unmatched. I put down many a Big Boy in my youth. BTW - they're coffee was excellent. Glad to see this thread revived.

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                mucho gordo Jan 31, 2014 02:14 PM

                Their onion rings were also superb.

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              laliz Jan 30, 2014 02:37 PM

              Bob's Red Relish

              There is NO comparison between Big Mac and Big Boy IMO

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