Things we like: Big Daddy's Breakfast Burger

I poured a small cup of syrup over my half of the sandwich. It seeped in, and I took my first bite.

The Breakfast Burger at Big Daddy's Burgers comes with cheddar, bacon, peanut butter and an over-easy egg. Oh, and, two pieces of French toast and a 1/3 beef patty. (Melinda Lavine /

Hungry and home-hunting, we landed in Piedmont Heights, where we saw Big Daddy’s Burgers.

Wait staff wore face masks, and buckets graced tabletops to encourage social distancing. A hand sanitizer station stood at the ready.

The wall was lined with Polaroids of burger challenge hall-of-famers, old, old tapestry-like hangings, and past best-burger awards.

I pointed to the menu. “That’s Big Daddy; he looks just like that,” said the waitress, gesturing to the caricature of a smiling man wearing glasses and an apron. “He cooks in the morning.”

The menu touted its fair share of inventive burgers — also staples of country-fried steak, biscuits and gravy, malts.


We ordered, and The Breakfast Burger came out with large, glistening strips of bacon and two slices of melted cheddar cheese, resting on a 1/3-pound beef patty with an over-easy egg, peanut butter.

Between two slices of French toast.

I poured a small cup of syrup over my half of the sandwich. It seeped in, and I took my first bite.

The French toast was a sturdy, decadent foundation, well holding the burger’s contents. The egg yolk and peanut butter melted together with the cheese and the beef. And the bacon.

It all felt like a throwback to the comforts of childhood. Saturday morning breakfasts with sausage and eggs and pancakes; and peanut butter, a kid’s go-to.

It tasted familiar and nostalgic, and I was glad we went splitsies.

It came with a heaping pile of fresh-cut fries for $10.99, and prices range $7.99 for a cheese omelette to $11.49 for Ray’s Smother Burger.

There are a couple of salad options and a veggie burger, but there’s not much for gluten-avoiders or vegans here. But something about Big Daddy’s says that’s not the point.


It feels rooted in old-school food ideals, big appetites and big portions of hot and savory.

Big Daddy’s Burgers

2828 Piedmont Ave.


Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346,
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