Last night, our group of friends all met up to celebrate Emily’s birthday at the Big Daddy’s Burger Bar in Ballantyne. After tasting the awesome burgers at their location in Dilworth a few weeks back, we were excited to try out their second location as well as hang out with so many of our good friends before we head off on our big trip to Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Australia! (Be sure to check back over the next few weeks to see what we’re up to!)
The group planned to meet at 6:30, but because of awful traffic, the Husband and I didn’t arrive until 7! When we arrived, there was a table for 10 and it was full But, thanks to Kath arriving early and the awesome staff, we were able to join the group and wait about 10 minutes until the table next to us emptied and we could join it up with the rest of the group. My only group shot and it wasn’t a very good one…
Joining the part was Caitlin & Jason, Kate & Nate, Casey & Emily, Kath & Matt, and Michelle & Ben. The only ones missing were Diana & Dan and Kelsey & Eric. We feel to blessed to have found such a great group of friends here! We’re going to miss them quite a bit when we move to Las Vegas but hopefully they will all come to visit!
So, as I mentioned before, not too long after we arrived the party next to us left and we were all able to sit at one big table At that time, the Husband ordered a beer sampler and the table began ordering appetizers.
First to the beer… The Husband ordered (from left to right) Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Bell’s Two-hearted, and Sweetwater 420. I don’t know about you, but I love samplers – beer samplers and wine flights. Being able to try a little bit of a few instead of a lot of one is just the greatest!
Around the table, appetizer-wise, the group had fried pickles, chips and pimento cheese dip, and mac n cheese. Can you guess who got the mac n cheese?!?!
There were three options of mac n cheese to choose from in the appetizer/starter section – Plain, Bacon Cheeseburger, and Pimento Cheese. We went with the Bacon Cheeseburger and it was heavenly It reminded me of my visit to S’MAC in New York City. Yum!
The burger menus are slightly different between the two locations and I had a lot of difficulty trying to decide what to have. I knew right off the bat, though, what my side would be: tater tots!
As for my burger, I debated for a long time. I thought about getting a salad with a burger on top, but for some reason was overwhelmed by the menu and never actually focused on the salads. Most of my friends did and they looked delish (check out Kath and Emily’s blogs for pics of theirs!). I ended up going with the Western Burger. It was a buffalo burger topped with Monterrey Jack cheese, fried onions, and bbq sauce. It was good.
The Husband ordered Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and added a fried egg to the top. He assumed the chicken would be fried and would have been happy with that, but was pleasantly surprised that it was grilled chicken. He really enjoyed this. On the side, he ordered their homemade chips (since he enjoyed them so much at the Dilworth location) but they were just okay this time.
Knowing we would all be heading to Tasty-Yo for dessert, we all skipped ordering any dessert at Big Daddy’s but as I noted in our post for the Dilworth location, I highly recommend the banana pudding. And, for readers new and old, we highly recommend Tasty Yo. Check out our posts for our tasty reviews (pun intended)
Oh, and I can’t forget to compliment our server, Matt! He was so very on top of things and I was impressed at his service to the group of 12 of us. Thanks Matt for a great night!Big Daddy’s Burger Bar – Ballantyne 15105-A John J. Delaney Drive Charlotte, NC 28277 704-919-2700