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Big Daddy's - Massapequa

Big Daddy's
1 Park Lane
Massapequa, NY 11758

Photo Credit: J. Schwartz

Loaded cajun fries

BBQ Beef Po' Boy
Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Decor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

We've been looking for something different lately, and that's exactly what we found when we went to Big Daddy's. This is the first Cajun restaurant we've been to on Long Island and we're glad it's close to us because we definitely see ourselves going back. In case anything you read here is something you'd want to try at Big Daddy's, you might want to check their website for the Daily Menu, since it changes with slight variations day to day and check out their Specials as well.

From the second you walk in the door, you're immediately transported away from Long Island. The lighting is dim and the walls are covered in vintage New Orleans concert posters and photos of jazz musicians. There's a corner dedicated to LSU, and mardi gras themed lanterns and masks throughout. If you're lucky enough to be there on a night that has live music, even better, because it just adds to the vibe they have going for them. Every day decor looks like it's Mardi Gras but when it comes to actually celebrating, they make it a week long event called Mardi Gras Madness Week. They have musical guests every night, specials on food and the 8th day is a huge party for Fat Tuesday with a classic New Orleans buffet. This year's Fat Tuesday celebration is already sold out, but if that's your kinda thing, mark your calendar's for next year!

There was a little bit of a wait when we arrived on a Wednesday night, 15 to 20 minutes for a table of 4 around 7pm. We didn't mind at all because it gave us a chance to take in the scenery and listen to some great live music by Kane Daily. Right after us, party after party arrived so it does get busy, even on a weeknight.

Knowing everything at Big Daddy's was most likely going to be spicy, I was a little worried about what they would offer for kids, if anything. I was glad to see a plain kids menu with things like pasta with butter and chicken fingers.  Something to note, the kids meals come with a drink but they don't have kids cups. They arrived to the table in mason jars. Thankfully, our wonderful waitress went and found plastic cups for the kids. Last thing we wanted was to have a glass break!

As for drinks, there was at least one Hurricane cocktail on almost every table, so we knew we had to give it a try. For $8 you can get a single or for $1 more, make it a triple. Yes triple, not double, for an extra buck. We wanted to get our money's worth so triple it was. Let's just say, it sneaks up on you!  One drink, you should be good for the night. Two, you might be on the floor! And to think their Thursday night special is a two-course dinner with two cocktails, it's no wonder they call it  "Hell Night!"

Bread and a delicious garlic and herb butter was brought to the table. It's something that I would spread to make garlic bread or garlic toast, and the only thing that could've been better is if the bread was hot!

For an appetizer, we ordered the Loaded Cajun Fries which were smothered in pulled pork, pickled jalapenos, cheddar cheese and cajun ranch dressing. They were hot, salty, smoky, and just delicious. For entrees we chose the BBQ Beef Po' Boy and Billy Carter's Crawfish--sauteed crawfish tails in a spiced peanut honey sauce served over white rice.

When our food arrived, we knew we wouldn't be finishing it all. Portions are pretty large, in fact, the Crawfish dish is proving enough for 3 meals. Everything seemed very fresh, with a real homemade taste. The peanut honey sauce is sweet at first followed by the heat, but the taste of it all kept us going back for more. The BBQ Beef Po' Boy was made up of crusty french bread, smoky sliced beef brisket, topped with a tomato based "Bone Sauce", with a vinegar slaw on the bottom. Each bite was like a party in my mouth. Add the wonderfully sweet and salty sweet potato fries that accompanied, and it became a perfect meal. As much as I wanted to start the second half of that sandwich, it was just too much for one night, and I looked forward to reheating it the next day, which I did, and it was just as good!

I could go on and on about how great this place was. The only possible drawbacks are that parking is a bit tough, it's 90% kid friendly as opposed to 100% (no kids cups or changing table which was fine), the prices are a little up there (but you get a TON of food so it's worth it) and maybe at one point, the waitress was a little slow at getting a refill (probably seemed long because of a burning mouth!). I can't even consider those to be complaints because everything else was top notch. It's a laid back yet party place at the same time with great food, a fun atmosphere, super friendly staff, and for one night, you can get away from Long Island without actually leaving the place. Worth a try, definitely!

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