Oct 202017
 
Bob's Bigger Better BBQ

If one were to drive around Calgary back in the 1970s and 1980s there was a good chance you’d pass by a Bob’s Burgers outlet. There used to be a dozen or more of them across the city (we used old phone directories to come to that number), making them a Calgary institution of the era. The chain seems to have disappeared by the early 1990s, or thereabouts, although one holdout lasted into recent times.

They used to serve up pretty good chow as I recall. But then I was a ravenous teenager when I last sampled their fare, and at that time Kraft Dinner was a gourmet meal, so who knows? Vague memories tell me the portions were good sized and the cost pretty reasonable.

Not far from BIGDoer HQ is a former location that’s still standing. Post Bob’s it was another burger joint and for a while was a successful coffee shop, that one day just up and closed. Most recently, it was a place called Rice Bowl Sushi, which only lasted a year or two. As of the publishing of this article, the building is vacant.

In spite of Bob’s being a fairly well known back then, there’s little info to be found on them today. Seems the whole town has forgotten about them – that the the majority of Calgarians are new Calgarians and never knew the chain likely accounts for that.

They used to have a slogan: “Bob’s Bigger Better Barbecue Broiled Alberta Beef Burgers” or maybe “Bob’s Bigger Better Beautiful Barbecue Broiled Alberta Beef Burgers”. Or some such thing. Either way it was a mouthful.

A former Calgary convenience store chain…
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Date of adventure: September, 2017.
Location: Calgary, AB.

Bob's Burgers Calgary

This used to be Bob’s Burgers outlet, a chain that was once a Calgary Institution.

Rice Bowl Sushi Calgary

Most recently is was Rice Bowl Sushi, which recently closed.

Bob's Bigger Better

At the peak, there were a dozen or so Bob’s in town.

Bob's Burger Calgary Drive-in

The old drive-through window remains.

Bob's Bigger Better BBQ

Bob’s had a slogan – “Bob’s Bigger Better BBQ Broiled Alberta Beef Burgers”.

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Steve Daykin
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Steve Daykin

Used to be a Bob’s Burgers on Southland and Fairmont drive back in the day….it was terrific as a kid.

Sid Holt
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Sid Holt

Bob’s burgers name still exists in the strip mall beside the Glenmore Inn. It’s a greasy spoon with no resemblance to the original other than a few faded clippings. Interesting to see the bit of urban lore that Bob was Peter’s brother.I believe that Peters is a surname in any event.Another that made the rounds was that Steve (?) Papas owner of the White Spot Steak House had been found dead in the river,with his finger tips cut off.

John Van Kruyssen
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John Van Kruyssen

With the metric system starting in 1977 all the burgers were named like Gram master Gram prix and so on.

Julian Lengauer
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Julian Lengauer

Glenbrook Represent!!!

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There was one in Forest Lawn at 17th Av and 38th St that I used to work next door to. It became, I believe, the 2nd Tim Horton’s to be built in the city in about ’85 or ’86. It was Tim’s up until this spring when they moved a few blocks further east. They wanted to have a drive thru.
I also remember Church’s Fried Chicken. They probably had a dozen or so locations too.

Cynthia Leechuy Gilmore
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Cynthia Leechuy Gilmore

I miss those burgers!!!

Robert McGregor
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Robert McGregor

I used to love Bob’s Burgers and the Arctic Orange Shakes.

Shane Curveon
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Shane Curveon

They were awesome. The one my parents used to take us to was at Heritage and Fairmont I believe.

Robert Curveon
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Robert Curveon

Oh I loved Bob’s. Definitely one thing I miss from when I was a kid.

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