mama mondays: rediscovering big boy

What a weekend! I spent it in the lovely city of Bismarck — a place I have known fairly well since childhood. I love Fargo, but Bismarck ranks pretty high on my list of favorite cities, too.

I’ll write more about the exciting things that took place over the weekend on Wednesday. For now, I have to share what happened in the final hour of my adventure with my two daughters in North Dakota’s capitol city.

Long story short, I rediscovered Big Boy.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating a pizza burger flying-style, or french fries lathered in gravy, or a purple cow shake, you really haven’t lived. Big Boy has all of these and more! And you have to admit, he’s pretty cute besides. I mean, no one does that 50s-style “do” better than BB.

Pizza burger with a few bites already gulped down. But the most exciting moment, by far, was when I revisited a taste from childhood I thought would never return — the “hot n tot,” or, cinnamon cola. Oh my, it was lovely going down memory lane through each sip of tot. I can’t figure out why this drink hasn’t gone mainstream. The world is lacking!

It took me a while to find the restaurant. I remember going there as a girl, but boy, it’s been years. I had a sense as to where it was, but still needed my smartphone to tell me the exact quadrants. I was so happy when I saw it tucked away in a part of town that used to be the hot-n-tot spot to be.

On the way there, we ran into another 50s-type-drive-in that had not done so well. It looked lonely, with paint peeling but car port still intact. I think it was called Sammy’s Drive-in.

Which is why I was so giddy to have found that Big Boy had survived all these years. Truly, this is something to celebrate. I’m just trying to figure out, now, how to convince the Coca Cola company to revive the hot-n-tot. I would be the first in line to buy the first 24-pack. Seriously.

Q4U: When was the last time you went down memory lane? How did it make you feel?


3 thoughts on “mama mondays: rediscovering big boy”

  1. Memory lane is alive and well at the Bismarck Big Boy Fan Club on Facebook. Also, could the other place be Scotty’s Drive in? It’s another long-standing favorite.

    1. Bonnie, okay, I’m going to find that. And also, yes, that’s probably right about the other drive-in. Is it still open? It seemed like it was closed. Maybe I was too quick to see it as worn out. Either way, I could tell it had been quite a place in its heyday. :)

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