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“The Real Thing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete

Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete
Downtown Main St | 1/2 Block Below Boquete's Central Park, Boquete 0413, Panama
+507 6675-9887
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Ranked #3 of 61 Restaurants in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $13
Cuisines: Fish & Chips, Hamburgers, Vegetarian, Grill
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Open for lunch & dinner only. Featuring fish tacos; best filet mignon plus many other delicious items. Also, salads, hand-crafted Margaritas... And more!
Arlington, VA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“The Real Thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I grew up in Central Florida and ate fish right off the docks almost every single week for the first 20 years of my life. These days, though, I hardly go for seafood anymore, as pretty much anything you can find in even the higher-end U.S. restaurants is farmed, frozen, tasteless stuff shipped in from southeast Asia. Not at Big Daddy's. The food here brought me right back to the old days. Fresh, thick, juicy cuts of whatever's good that day, treated just the right way - fried to lock in the flavor or grilled not one second too long in just enough spice to accent the fish without overpowering it. Perfect. Great side dishes (fried plantains never get old), homemade sauces, and excellent drinks. All for a bargain. Don't miss it!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
That's exactly right! Never purchased frozen.. .Never farm-raised! (Note: my dadwas fussy about not over-cooking fish. He would be so proud if he could read your comment.) We are just thrilled you appreciated the freshness & we hope you can return. Thanks also for noticing our good prices. Very truly yours, Elizabeth
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Excellent Service and quality food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Went a few time there and had excellent tuna fillets or wings. The bjrgers anf salats are good portion sizes and very tasty. Food was very enjoyable and I have never seen such clean toilets in South America. Kitches was open and very well cleaned.

Visited January 2013
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Oh thank you so much! Those wings are indeed very tasty! And thank you also you for noticing the good service & the cleanliness. Our attitude is "do it; prepare i; serve it; and yes -- keep it clean -- the way we would for our own family." When you are here, you are family. Come back! Yours truly, Elizabeth
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“Great Snook!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Based on other reviews, we ate here tonight and were not disappointed. The special was snook, which we had never heard of before but we tried it and it was delicious. Very fresh and nicely seasoned. The onion rings were delicious. Service was excellent and the owner was very pleasant, making sure everything was OK. Will return again before we leave Boquete.

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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Thank you, Thank you! It was lovely having you and I know just where you sat! Please do come back. I can't promise Snook, but it's fun to see what Big Daddy has in store. Always a surprise. Always fresh. See you soon! (Oh, we close Monday). xoxo Elizabeth
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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“Good food to great value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

A menu with fish tacos, grilled fish or chicken just under 10 usd. Great value and best food and service during our three days in Boquete. Only drawback is that the smell from the kitchen that you can smell in the whole place.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
You wrote : "Great value and best food and service" all for under $10 perhaps. Does this match your "average" rating? Providing fish -- fresh from the ocean to your plate -- for under $10, with super service, in Panama -- is a triumph. Elizabeth
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Austin, Texas
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“Fish Tacos!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Popped in here for lunch at the suggestion of a shop owner across the street; was an awesome discovery! The fish tacos were amazing! I would eat them every day if I could. Prices are also very reasonable.

Visited January 2013
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ElizaSlagle, Owner at Big Daddy's Grill, Boquete, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Well, I am so glad you did "pop in" and ordered the customer favorite! Better yet, that you loved your food and also, our prices. I guess that means we will be seeing you again? Please come in again! Yours, Mrs. Big Daddy
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