FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank’s First Big Boy

Exterior night photo of the San Fernando Road Big Boy

Last week we remembered one of Burbanks Famous eatery’s The Dip.

Today lets talk about Bob’s Big Boy. Most of us are familiar with the last Big Boy restaurant in town, the one in the Toluca Lake part of Burbank where they hold the fantastic Friday night car show.

Original Menu showing the 3 Big Boy Locations

But do you know where the first Big Boy was built outside of Glendale? Big Boy # 3 was built on San Fernando Road between Cedar and Providencia.

It quickly became the place to go for burgers in Burbank and was there until the late 80’s being remodeled several times. This is the first Bob’s I was introduced to in my youth and was my favorite location till they closed.

Many a get together was held here after a church event or a High School dance. Always fun with good food and friends. You can still have that same feeling at the Toluca Lake Bob’s but none will ever replace that first Burbank Bob’s in my mind. 

See the photos below for a look at this iconic Burbank eatery of the past!

Exterior night photo of the San Fernando Road Big Boy
Great Interior Photo of Big Boy on San Fernando Road. Note the High School band members, adults enjoying the food and atmosphere, and the place is packed! Also love the Hires Root Beer on tap!
This is the same location as above after being remodeled. It remained this way until it closed for good



From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!


Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!