Just about everything is big at Bigdogz Grill on Bedford Street in Johnstown, Penna. Owners Mike and Michele Ziants turned the former Lobster Trap into a big open room dining area. The menu is big, with over 200 items from which to choose. Just go ahead and ask for a take-home box because the portions are big, too. The beer selection is big. In addition to bottles and cans, domestic, import, and specialty, you’ll find a dozen or so on draft. Sports is big at Bigdogz, with prominent Steelers décor and 19 television sets airing the latest of all game genres.
About the only thing that isn’t big at Bigdogz are the prices. Regular menu rates are reasonable (especially considering portion size). Plus they have a $5.95 lunch menu with delivery to local businesses on request. Most nights feature a food special – wing night, pizza night, burger night, Mexican night, steak night, etc. To wash it down Bigdogz offers $1.00 off Happy Hour drink prices Monday through Thursday, many other bar specials, and beer buckets for games.
Ah, but is the experience big? Most patrons think so. Bigdogz gets an overall four star rating on Yelp and lots of favorable write-ups on that and other customer review sites. The public voted them Simply the Best in a number of categories in the Tribune-Democrat challenge, and they’ve received several mentions in Johnstown Magazine.
The lounge is a front walk-in entrance with a modest parking lot. Smoking is permitted at the bar, separated from the dining area. The lower parking lot is large, but expect some steps to reach the seat-yourself restaurant. The dining room is a big open space with a warehouse feel with a bit of an antiseptic scent. Dress is causal for staff and patrons. It’s noisy and fun and family friendly.
On a slow night the server may be distracted visiting with friends, but when the room fills up wait staff quickly get drink orders and describe specials. Beverages and food are delivered fairly fast. Food quality is good and may be quaintly served in a dog bowl. With such a huge, varied menu (from finger foods to full steak and pasta dinners), everyone in your party is sure to find something they like.
The restaurant is open every day, 11:00 a.m. until midnight, and the bar until 2:00 a.m. They also offer take-out, delivery, and catering services.
Unless you already have a Bigdogz favorite, you will want to take a look at their menu at www.bigdogzgrill.com before you leave the house, and check their Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Bigdogz-Grill/161205780580225 or call (814) 266-6814 for today’s specials.
If you don’t have a big appetite; if you don’t have a big thirst; if you don’t want to see the big game with a big group of friends; if you are not a big dog; Bigdogz Grill isn’t for you.