Hungry, but a hamburger from In-N-Out does not appeal to you, just head next door to Big Daddy’s Fire Grill Pasadena, California in for wood fired burgers, dogs and sausages. I recommend the chili dog, a quarter pound hot dog slathered with a full bodied, lightly spiced chile.
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A big box store at the Chino Spectrum & Marketplace in Chino, California. I like the vertical lines and the warm color tones that play against the cool evening sky.
The original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant opened in Glendale, California in 1939 and was named Bob’s Pantry by it’s owner Bob Wian. The story continues (from the franchisor’s bigboy.com web site):
One night in 1937, a regular customer requested something different for a change. Bob went to work and the first double-decker hamburger was born.
Customers couldn’t get enough of Bob’s new creation. One fan in particular was a chubby six-year-old boy in droopy overalls.
He would often help Bob sweep up in exchange for a free burger. In honor of his young friend, Wian decided to name the better burger the Big Boy®. Another regular customer, a movie studio animator, sketched the now famous character on a napkin.
I had my first Big Boy sometime in the 1950′s at their drive-in restaurant on Van Nuys Boulevard, in Van Nuys, California, which was a major cruising destination. We would order a Big Boy Combo which was the Big Boy double cheeseburger, fries and a salad which consisted of a wedge of iceberg lettuce and their Thousand Island or Blue Cheese dressing. That would be accompanied by one of their thick chocolate shakes that came in a silver goblet and which were so thick, you could turn the goblet upside down and the milkshake would almost stay in the goblet. Instead of a straw we would use a spoon.
Of course those were the “good old days”, and often times things are never the same. When we visited a Bob’s Big Boy franchise a few years ago at a store stamped out by the franchisor the original atmosphere was lost and the food tasted nothing like the memories and was quite disappointing. And this leads to my rendering of their mascot, “Big Boy With Grit”, his face is dirty, or maybe that is a five o’clock shadow he is developing, and the building facade itself is a little dirty because the Big Boy of today does not live up to the ideal from days gone by.
This is Patterson Hardware on Central Avenue in Fillmore, California. If you are a member of the digital generation you may not know what an independent hardware store looked like, back in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. No big box warehouse like emporium, no big national chain operation, no Home Depot and Lowe’s duopoly with a large corporate advertising budget. Just a guy in a store front, with a sign on the front, the time to devote to his customers, and a lifetime of tools, widgets, and sundry objects packed on the shelves and cataloged in his mind.
As I was capturing brackets out on the sidewalk, Judy was inside engaging in some commerce. She had remembered that she needed some little odd ball doodad that has something to do with a lampshade and headed inside to see the man. He fixed her right up. Better than a possibly unsuccessful special trip to the big box store.
After HDR processing I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to black and white, and give the image a vintage look.