Big Boyz Burgers and More Brings Just That to North County

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Jeffery Reed quit the corporate world to open Big Boyz. - JESSY KINZEL
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  • Jeffery Reed quit the corporate world to open Big Boyz.

If you've ever dreamt of leaving your long-time profession to follow your passion, you might find that Jeffery Reed would prove a good role model. Even as he toiled as a supervisor for Express Scripts, Reed ran a weekend walk-up burger stand, making box lunches at a flea market on highway 370. “We were so busy we always ran out of food before we ran out of customers, so one day my wife and I made a decision," Reed says. "I handed in my suit and tie and didn’t look back.”

A counter beckons to diners. - JESSY KINZEL
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  • A counter beckons to diners.

And so Big Boyz Burgers and More (6130 Madison Avenue, Berkeley; 314-528-6111) was born. After retooling an old neighborhood grill into a cute diner-style eatery with '50s touches, Reed and his wife Regina celebrated the grand opening on November 18.

Big Boyz offers a broad selection of St. Louis favorites, from fried rice to chicken and waffles. Says Reed, “We really wanted to offer a variety of foods everyone could enjoy.” While the restaurant offers monster dishes like a four-patty handmade burger layered with cheese (the "Big Boy Cheesy Monster") and the "Choppie Choppie," which includes two large pork chops, garlic parmesan fries, a side salad and a buttery roll, the real deal is the un-believably hot hot wings. Reed mixes Texas scorpion pepper, ghost pepper, California reapers and a special blend of secret spices into a wing so fierce that you must sign a waiver to eat it. Make it through a pound of these bad boys, and your name will forever be in red on the Big Boyz wall of fame.

Wings. - JESSY KINZEL
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  • Wings.
Big Boyz makes its own special fried rice, mixed with shrimp, chicken, pork and veggies. Reed swears it's the best in town. “People love the special fried rice, and I think people like being able to come to a place where they can get f ried rice but also a Philly,” he says.

But the house favorite would have to be the chicken and waffles — and Big Boyz's charmingly retro cafe is a serendipitous environment for eating them. These waffles are sweet, fluffy and slightly crisp, with a pair of chicken wings scalded to perfection and laid across the top ready to be drenched in maple syrup.

Big Boyz lets kids eat free on Thursdays; it also offers weekly specials. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's closed Mondays. Reed is also willing to do catering for special events.

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"The Big Boy Cheesy Monster" — just as its name promises. - JESSY KINZEL
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  • "The Big Boy Cheesy Monster" — just as its name promises.

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