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Burger Daddy fills a need in Grimes


There’s a new place to get your burger fix in Grimes, and it’s also making a name for itself in game day locales. Burger Daddy opened in September in the strip mall on Gateway Drive, in the former Fat Boyz location.

Gourmet burgers, hot dogs and game day drink specials.

Gourmet burgers, hot dogs and game day drink specials.

Owned by father-and-son duo Michael and Branden Roberts, Burger Daddy offers 16 specialty burgers, a variety of gourmet hot dogs, appetizers, salads, tenderloins, wings and more.

As made clear by the name and the hours, Burger Daddy is restaurant first, bar second — but that doesn’t mean it’s skimping on the alcoholic offerings. While regular hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, owners said early on that they might extend hours to accommodate the bar business.

That might not be a far-fetched idea, thanks to the full menu of signature drinks. Drinks range from classics like the Blue Bombsicle (UV Blue and lemonade) to more creative options such as the Bourbon Street Hurricane (Southern Comfort, sweet and sour, orange juice, pineapple and grenadine).

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The drink menu also has a list of bombs — Jager, Skittle, Glitter and Vegas Bombs included — and more than a dozen shots, including a Tootsie Roll, Jolly Rancher, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Oatmeal Cookie and Scooby Snack. Burger Daddy was even nice enough to include the ingredients for every drink, bomb and shot, taking the mystery out of the Vegas Bomb vs. Johnny Vegas Bomb debate. (And if you don’t know the answer yourself, you’ll just have to make a trip to Burger Daddy to find out.)

Burger Daddy has already been offering competitive game day specials, such as $1 Angry Orchard draws until it runs out, $2 draws and bottles, and $3 well drinks.

IMG_7899Located in a strip mall on Gateway Drive, the restaurant is large and spacious, with booths on one wall, a bar in the center and several tables throughout the rest of the open space. A large game room complete with a pool table is separated at the opposite end of the door. Floor-to-ceiling windows give the wood-covered interior some much-needed natural light.

The open area with TVs scattered around would be perfect for settling in to watch a football game, and if there’s time to squeeze in a quick game of pool at halftime, it’s all the better.

Burger Daddy is the place to go for groups, as there’s more space than meets the eye upon looking at the small sign above the strip mall. The interior is a bit worn and clearly well-loved from its former occupants, but that doesn’t take anything away from its new tenant, which is already bringing in rave reviews from its first customers.

Grimes has been growing steadily, with new businesses opening up and housing developing seemingly around every corner. Burger Daddy provides another family-friendly atmosphere and eatery the residential town needs. People of all ages can be seen enjoying the food here, from kids with their dad to recent college grads just entering the workforce to retirees taking a long lunch together.

Burger Daddy is filling an ever-shrinking gap in Grimes’ social scene, and it seems that it will be highly appreciated by everyone. CV

Burger Daddy
200 S.E. Gateway Drive, Suite 108, Grimes
Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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