Bobby's Restaurant & Lounge- Vero Beach- 4-Stars
"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out." -- Ronald Reagan
Taking President Reagan's message to heart, I did just that. I hired some of the best and most experienced professionals in their respected fields to form the Big Boy Dining Out review team. As such, it didn't take us long before we waded through 11 months of backlogged reviews and found ourselves caught up.
With others, as well as the thousands of Biggies out there (thank you all for following BBDO), depending on me for calling it like it is food write-ups, I loaded up my wallet and headed out for some breakfast...and lunch... and then dinner. Rinse and repeat. Putting in the parameters for lunch spots in the BBDO eating device, Bobby's Restaurant & Lounge languidly appeared in the message bar. So, I thought, I guess I'm headed back down to Vero Beach today. It could be worse, I could be headed to the barren food wasteland that is Titusville and the surrounding area. At least I knew from recent trips south, this could be a gold mine.
Arriving at my destination, I noticed 20 or so people lined up outside waiting for the doors to open. This is a good sign. While in line, an obvious frequent diner thought I wasn't looking and cut the line in front of me. As she was half my size and twice my age (not quite, but you get the idea), I laughed it off and remained in line. As soon as the doors were unlocked, people began piling in ala The Who show in Cincinnati. To say it was a madhouse would be an understatement. Adding to the confuzzled mob was the lack of a hostess or anyone of authority taking control. Everyone was walking around in a peripatetic fugue. Someone finally showed up to make some order of the situation and it wasn't long after that that I was lead to a table and handed a menu.
Not finding anything other than your typical casual dining experience I was about to check for a server to place my order when my eyes did spy something rather intriguing on the menu. They had three different Veal dishes offered for dinner. Making a mental note to perhaps return in the future for dinner, I was ready to place my order. As if on cue, a helpful individual showed up and began helping me before addressing her other tables. This was Tiffany and she was spot on all day when it came to attentiveness to her customers meal progression, however, she either doesn't listen very well or, as I am sure is the case, works on automaton mode as I requested my unsweetened tea sans lemon and you guessed it, it came with a lemon. Not a big deal to be sure, but attention to detail is everything in the service industry. Along with the tea, I put in an order for one of their "house specialties" the New York Strip sandwich and one Bobby Burger with a side of tater salad.
30 minutes later (yes, I keep track) Tiffany placed my order down and asked if there was anything else she could do at the nonce. As there was not, she circumvolved about and went to attend her other diners. The New York Strip sandwich was prepared properly even though the steak itself was about a step and a half above what traditionally serves for breakfast steak in most places. The bread was warm and fresh, the slaw was fresh and as tasty as all get out. Obviously made on site, it was farm fresh and complex in flavors. Not unlike your favorite Aunt's offering at family gatherings.
Bobby's Burger came as advertised. It was a whopping ten ounces of freshly formed ground beef cooked to a perfect medium. It was such a fine example of medium that it was all I could do not to conduct a seance with it (rim shot). The bun that encapsulated this ultimate example of ground, hand formed and grilled cow flesh was fresh, warm and toasted to the exact amount of golden coloring one expects on a toasted bun. The mushrooms, as one can see, are way too uniform to be freshly cut, but they were of the higher quality canned variety and were quite delicious in their own right. The potato salad as with my side of slaw was made on site and delicious. The potatoes were fresh, the flavors are woven together with expertise leaving a farm fresh feel on the palate. Bobby's has been around for 30 years and based on my experience, expect to be around a lot longer (hence no need to cut in line). Someone up the food chain there has also taken Uncle Ronnie's advise and surrounded themselves with top-notch people.
The Big Boy says, "For gigantic burgers and farm fresh sides, make it a point to visit Bobby's Restaurant & Lounge. Though, unless you like the general admission feel of a rock concert in the 80s, maybe wait an hour after they open." #iamthebigboy #bigboydiningout