Growing up in Bicol, Bigg’s Diner is no stranger to me; after all, it’s the biggest food chain in the region. If you’re craving for a dose of Bicol flavors and American food then this chic diner oozing with vintage designs is an impeccable destination for you!
Bigg’s Diner History
This year, Bigg’s Diner celebrates its 30 years; this restaurant is a brainchild of three lovely ladies – Nienie Benaflor, Maricar Manjon and Nena Bichara. In 1983, Bigg’s Diner – originally Mang Donald’s was born in Bicolandia. It then became Nald’s in 1984, then Carl’s Diner in 1990 and finally rebranded to Bigg’s Diner in 1990. For the uninitiated, BIGG is the acronym for Beautiful, Intelligent, Gorgeous, and God-fearing.
Bigg’s Diner Food
Over the years, Bigg’s Diner has lived up to its goal of providing splendid dishes to its customers. Last July, together with some travel bloggers, I was invited to join Around 30 Plates in Bicol Tour where we feasted on superb dishes served at Bigg’s Diner branches in Bicol.
Start the day by having breakfast ate one of their branches. Sip a cup of brewed coffee and match it with Bigg’s tosilog, the taste will surely awaken you!
For lunch or dinner, try tenderloin tips with mashed potato, tender fried chicken served with crab and corn soup, or crispy chicken. Also try their wide array of pasta meals – carbonara with pizza bread, spaghetti with barbecue (double treat), creamy macaroni salad and Italian spaghetti.
For a taste of Bicol, order a flavorful pork cordon blue with laing , daing na bangus with pinangat or combo meal Bicol special! One of my old favorites here is the mouth-watering grilled baby back ribs served with chopped carrots, beans and corn ears and java rice.
Cap your hearty meal by having a dose of Bigg’s Diner desserts! Be seduced by the sinful molten lava cake with ice cream, a slice of black forest cake, carrot cake or kookie monster cake! Then cool off with rocky road shake topped with peanut butter and chocnut.
Just recently, I’ve found a new favorite – the extreme supreme burger with home-made bacon infused with a savory dressing. Since I missed the first day of the tour and I missed their trademark burger, I made sure to drop by at Bigg’s Diner in Pacific Mall Legazpi last week to try this heavenly burger. And sure enough, it was heavenly as the rest of fellow travel bloggers attested!
Bigg’s Diner Branches
Bigg’s Diner has branches in Camarines Sur : Goa, Pili and Naga ( SM Panganiban, Bagumbayan and Centro. Also check out their store in Albay : Pacific Mall (LegazpiCity), Embarcadero Mall, and in Daraga. And if you happen to be in Sorsogon, look for Bigg’s Diner in SorsogonCity.
*Disclosure: This trip was made possible by Bigg’s Diner visit http://www.biggsdiner.ph or more information. Follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/BiggsDiner and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BiggsDinerAbout the Blogger : Gael Hilotin is a travel blogger and freelance travel writer with a background in Anthropology. In 2012, she quit her job to travel around the Philippines for 7 months. She has been to all 81 provinces in the Philippines. Her work has appeared in local and international publications. She was a solid contributor of Yahoo Southeast Asia News (Travel) from 2011-2015 and the winner of the travel writing contest at the Blogfest Asia 2012 held in Cambodia. Follow her on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. For advertisements, sponsorship and partnerships, you may reach her at gaelhilotinblog (at) gmail (dot) com. ***********************************************************
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