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WORTH THE HYPE?- “Eh.” ~ FAT PATTY’S

Ashley says…

For months after its target date of May of this year to open, I kept checking every time I drove by the old Shoney’s in Teays Valley to see if the new Fat Patty’s was open. Then finally one day in August, YES! It was finally open and it was packed! Every time since then that I’ve driven by, it’s been the same way, packed! And it appeared that way the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I got a half a day off of work that day and my husband was off too so we decided to see if it was worth all that it seemed hyped up to be. It was around 2:00 when we decided to go, crossing our fingers we wouldn’t have to wait long for a table. As we turned onto the side road that leads to the Fireside Grill, the Hampton Inn and Fat Patty’s, there it was, what we’ve seen every time we’d driven by, a long line of cars spilling out of the parking lot and lining the road. At least that’s what we thought. As we drove on into the parking lot, we noticed plenty of empty spaces. We went on in the restaurant and were immediately seated in a half-empty dining room. WTH? It made sense as we were leaving. It was around 3:00 and we noticed several employees walking through the parking lot towards the cars parked along the road. OOOOOHHHHH….so THAT’S why it looks so crowded all the time!

The decor of this Fat Patty’s is a lot like the one in Barboursville, wide open with a bar on one end, dark wood booths and trim and lots of green. There is Marshall sports memorabilia and other sports-related items donning most of the walls at both locations. Both locations have several televisions scattered throughout the dining room and a long bar that runs along one whole wall at the back of the building, also littered with tvs.

I’d eaten at the Barboursville location one time a while back and I’d perused the menu online several times so I knew what type of food Fat Patty’s offers. Obviously, they are all about burgers, hence the name. However, they do offer several appetizers, several other sandwich options, salads, and a few other entrees such as grilled steak or chicken with your choice of two sides and bread, chicken tenders or fried fish basket with fries and slaw. These menu items are towards the back of menu, so, they obviously aren’t what Fat Patty’s wants you ordering.

We looked over the appetizers section of the menu hoping something would really jump out at us. You know, something different and unique. All that stared at us were the same ol’ same ol’s you can find at most other sports bar restaurants like wings, nachos, onion rings, quesadillas, fried mushrooms, cheese fries, jalapeno poppers, etc. You know the line up I’m talking about. So with nothing new and exciting to try, we passed. Now it was time for the daunting task of deciding what to order from the huge selection of burgers and sandwiches. I’m really not much of a burger fan, but Fat Patty’s has some that sound delish. I considered getting the Black and Bleu because I love bleu cheese, or maybe the Luau Cow for its ham and pineapple. Hold on, maybe I’ll have the Lasso Patty that has bacon, cheddar and BBQ sauce. Decisions, decisions. Then I looked at the other sandwich options. Boy the Nitty Gritty Grinder (a French dip) sounds pretty good. Oh wait, there’s that ham/pineapple combo on the Hawaiian Ham. Oooooh, a Reuben. Yep! That’s it! I love Reubens and I really wasn’t feeling a burger. So I ordered the Reuben and onion rings instead of potato chips, for an upcharge of $1.25. Husband opted for the WV Steak Sandwich which is grilled thick-sliced bologna, bacon, American cheese, grilled onions, raw red onions and LTM on a sub bun.

My Reuben arrived looking like most other Reubens, on marble rye, which I prefer because there are no caraway seeds, with the usual cast of Reuben characters.

Along side it was a generous portion of previously-frozen onion rings. It was a decent Reuben, but nothing to make me jump up and down over it. Same thing with the rings.

The WV Steak Sandwich was impressive looking, but a little difficult to eat. My husband made a point that bologna is round, so that makes it tough to put it on a long sub bun. The pieces were thick and cut in half. They didn’t stack too well and stacked with all the other toppings made this sandwich a mess. I hadn’t had bologna in years, so my first bite took me back to my childhood when bologna was a staple in my family’s house. This sandwich came with chips.

On my first visit to Fat Patty’s, I got the Low Carb Burger Meal which was a choice of any burger with a side salad. I chose the Lava Patty burger, which is a spicy patty covered with jalapenos and a cayenne cheese sauce. The burger was decent, but again, nothing to write home about. The salad was a very small, boring side salad. My husband had wings that visit at the recommendation of a family member. I tried them and we both thought they were average at best.

I know, I know, it’s a burger place and I should try more of the burgers before giving a proper fork. But I’m usually not a burger person, so the items I have tried are ones that I would get at other places therefore constituting a comparison. For that reason, a proper forking is justified. So here it is. I give Fat Patty’s TWO FORKS. Besides the burger options, the rest of the menu doesn’t offer anything very exciting. Our sandwiches were good, but not blow-you-away good. Overall it got just an “eh” from us. The Fireside Grill has become my favorite restaurant around and I can’t see myself passing it up to go back to Fat Patty’s. As a matter of fact, I felt guilty even going to Fat Patty’s in the first place. I hope nobody from Fireside saw us going in or leaving. Shhhhhhh……

Fat Patty’s

Rt. 34

Teays Valley, WV

(304) 757-5000

 

 

 

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From Peanuts to Edamame – Shogun Japanese Steakhouse

Susan says…shogun-beer

The vacant Lonestar building in Barboursville beside the Cracker Barrel on Route 60 is vacant no more.  All the peanut shells are gone and have been replaced with a shiny coat of polish over the hard wood floors.  Other changes were made to the interior decor to turn a Texas steakhouse into the Japanese version.  The restaurant is filled with hibachi grills surrounded by chairs in the main dining room and an adjacent room.  The main dining room also boasts a small sushi bar and a larger drink bar.  Tables are positioned around both bars.  One of the tables near the sushi bar was our home base to experience Shogun on just their second evening of dinner service.

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A New Name and A Facelift for Porfirio’s

Susan says…

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We previously posted a review of Porfirio’s Mexican Restaurant in Barboursville back in July 2008 – one of my favorite places to eat before Ron sold the Country House.  After he moved to the Valley, it wasn’t as geographically convenient for us to eat at Porfirio’s therefore our frequency declined.  Not long after that, Porfirio’s closed their doors for remodeling.  During a visit to Porfirio’s Dos in Huntington during the month of October, we heard rumors that ownership my be changing on our old favorite. We wondered if they would actually re-open, and if so…would our old friends still be there?

The curiosity got the better of me Friday night.  The family unit decided on a drink and a snack at the re-opened restaurant, now with a sign in the parking lot announcing “Three Amigos”.

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You Don’t Always Get a Side of Good Service With Your Fettucini – Olive Garden

Note:  Susan’s daughters are guest reviewers on this post.  Hannah is 10 and Hope is 8.

Susan says…

Much to Daniel’s dismay, I not only patronize chain restaurants, I actually LIKE some of them.  (And now I am writing another review of a chain.  He might have a coronary.)  One of my favorite chain joints is the Olive Garden.   I don’t place it on the same plane as south hills market & café, Blossom Deli or Sitar of India, but it has its place in my culinary life and I am not ashamed to admit I like it every now and then.

I just plain think it tastes good.  I realize a chef isn’t making the sauces, dressings and desserts under the same roof as my table – but if it tastes yummy, sometimes I don’t really care that a lot of the food was made elsewhere and shipped to this location. 

That’s the beauty of a chain, right?  Consistency.  I can go to an Olive Garden in Arkansas and get the same delicious garlic chicken with broccoli that I enjoy in Barboursville, WV, right?  One of my other favorite chains, The Cheesecake Factory, was the best meal Ron & I had on a recent trip to Orlando, Florida.  Not every city has an awesome restaurant review blog like Fork You to help diners decide where to eat.  We were so downhearted about the poor food with the large price tags we were relieved to see a “familiar face” where we knew what to expect.

Even though the food usually tastes the same in all the locations, the service is another animal.  The little girls and I went to the Barboursville Olive Garden on Columbus Day to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America by partaking of some Italian cuisine.  

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Good Food With a Secret Ingredient -Porfirios Dos

Susan says…

The kids were campaigning for Mexican food (AGAIN) and that’s what we thought we were getting when we stopped at a new place to all of us.  But we got so much more than just good burritos.  We got a great story.

We weren’t even sure what the name of the place was.  We noted the sign outside said “Ricardos” but Porfirios Dos was on the side of the building.  Located across 29th Street from the Wal Mart in Huntington, we learned that Porfirios Dos is owned and operated by the ex-wife of the owner and operator of Porfirios, previously reviewed by Fork You.  Really.

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Shopping Stop – Ruby Tuesday

Reviews by Susan’s daughters, ages 7 and 10, respectively, are a special feature of today’s post. Perhaps they can snag recurring roles on Fork You.

Hope says…

Ruby Tuesday was good.  I was really hungry and the portion they gave me did not fill me up.  I ordered penne pasta.  It was too buttery and had EVOO on it.  It had a ton of parmesan cheese on it.  It tasted good and was not mushy.  I could have eaten twice what they gave me.  The dishes looked like they were expensive.  The waitress was nice.  The restaurant was really big.  I think it had too big of lights.  I think that’s all.  THREE FORKS

(note about Hope – she is really skinny.  To look at her, you’d think one penne would fill up her teeny stomach, but she can really put food away when she likes the taste of it.  The fact that she wanted more is a testament to how much she enjoyed this dish.  Oh, and can you tell she is a Rachel Ray fan?)

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the Devil Spit on this – Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave's

Susan says…

Historically, I have not been a fan of barbeque.  I can appreciate a sweet sauce smothering tender meat.  But I do not enjoy picking meat off ribs and getting all that sauce under my acrylic nails.  Even with the little wet wipe they give you (pioneered by the Colonel, remember?) you can’t get it all off your hands.

Ron loves this kind of food – so when they opened a Famous Dave’s in Barboursville, I was dragged there a lot.  But you know, I actually liked it.  I love the sweet & sassy sauce, the ribs were tender (I picked the meat off with my thumb, forefinger and a fork with my pinky sticking up in the air) and their sides were great.  Delicious cornbread muffins, crispy fries, and the kids loved the corn on the cob.  We ate there quite often, and after we made ourselves almost sick of the place with frequency, we put it in a rotation where we hit it about every couple months.

On our two most recent visits, we sadly noticed a decline in quality. 

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