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Burgers at Big Joe's Cafe

When Dipolog City is mentioned on dinner tables, posh cafés and cosmopolitan western dishes are really not the ones that pop into mind, the city being more associated with its bottled sardines. I was surprised then on our first night at the city when we visited Big Joe’s Café along one of Dipolog’s avenues.

Big Joe's Cafe at Dipolog CityThe café’s façade is modernly chic, paneled horizontal walls frame a rectangular window, with red, black and whites dominating the colors. The café has a metropolitan look that would not be out of place in Greenbelt or Bonifacio High Street.

Inside Big Joe's CafeA curving red wall houses the café’s counter and opposite it are the seats for guests. The ground floor seats around 30 persons while the mezzanine cum function room which looks over the café can hold 20 individuals. Clean lines and solid colors make up the café’s design, reminding me somewhat of Baguio City’s 50’s Diner.

Big Joe's Mango Smoothies at Php75.00Our group was lucky enough to be invited by the owners to experience the Big Joe Café experience and have a taste of their bestsellers which started to come out of the kitchen as soon as we started to take our seats.

Big Joe's Binagoongang Baboy (Php65.00)Grilled baby back ribs (Php125.00), binagoongang baboy (Php65.00), grilled steaks, BJ’s special fried chicken (Php120.00), sizzling burger steak (Php65.00), grilled half pounder burger (Php110.00) and mango smoothies (Php75.00). Everything looked amazingly good!

Big Joe's Grilled Baby Back Ribs (Php125.00)Serving sizes are huge especially with the price which was unbelievably low. Can you believe the price on that massive baby back ribs? Php125.00! I don’t think you can get a deal like that in Manila.

Big Joe's Sizzling Burger Steak (Php65.00)Chow down commenced in no time and we were soon busy eating, moving from one dish to the next, wanting to taste everything Big Joe’s had to offer. All the dishes are really superb but my favorites are the BJ’s special fried chicken and their sizzling burger steak, the bistro specialize in burgers after all.

BJ’s special fried chicken (Php120.00)Everyone was superbly impressed and superlatively full after the barrage of food from Big Joe’s. We would have loved to have desserts and coffee afterwards unfortunately there were no more room for such in our bulging tummies.Big Joe's Grilled SteaksI totally recommend Big Joe’s Café if ever you get a craving for western food while in Dipolog City; very affordable prices, gigantic serving size and more importantly flavorful food. Big cravings? Big appetite? Try Big Joe’s.

Dipolog Location Map

Big Joe’s Cafe
Address: Gen. Luna St., Dipolog City
Telephone: (065) 212-4111 | (065) 212-3025
Open Hours: Monday to Saturday 9AM-9PM
Big Joe’s Cafe Menu: Click Here
Website: Click Here

GPS Coordinates: 8.585861,123.340477
View Location on Google Maps: Click Here


Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, November 9, 2012


  1. kakagutom! parang sarap nung smoothie a :P and reasonably priced too!

  2. grabeh! ang mura naman ng mga food anoh? tapos ang lalaki pa ng servings. ang mahal kaya ng baby back ribs sa mooon caf.

    1. I agree Phioxee, nagulat din kami sa presyo talaga


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