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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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Country Strong-Tammy’s Country Kitchen

Ashley says…

You know those little hometown restaurants like you see on tv where the owners and waitresses know all the customers and they chat about family, the farm, etc.? Tammy’s Country Kitchen is just like that. It’s not unusual to hear, “Hey, Earl. How’s Betty?” or “How’s the grandbaby?” or a laugh being shared as you are sitting there having your meal. You get a real family feel at Tammy’s. Tammy herself is the one you’ll usually hear. She not only owns the restaurant, but she’s one of the three servers. Her daughter and her mother are the other two. If you get there on one of the days her mother is serving, once you meet her, you’ll feel like you’ve known her for years. She’s a sweetie. They all are, actually.

Located on State Route 817 (old US Route 35) in Frazier’s Bottom, across the river from Buffalo, Tammy’s is the only restaurant within several miles. Obviously the customers are mostly regulars and I figure most probably live in the area or over in Buffalo. I guess you could say my husband and I are regulars. We have been eating there about four times a month for the last six years. My husband loves to give Tammy a hard time and she’s not shy to give it right back to him.

Tammy’s specializes in, as you might have guessed, country cooking. Every day there are a couple of dinner specials in addition to the full menu. Some of the specials include salmon cakes and meatloaf. And there’s always a list of daily side dish specials like broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole and macaroni salad, to name a few. Regular menu items range from a pinto bean dinner with fried potatoes and cornbread to spaghetti with meat sauce to soups, salads, burgers and other sandwiches. Breakfast is served all day.

Pinto Bean dinner with fried potatoes and cornbread

My favorite time to visit Tammy’s is for breakfast. It’s where I get the best omelet I’ve ever had. I always order the western omelet. What makes this omelet so good is 1) they use real eggs, not liquid eggs from a carton; 2) it includes big chunks of baked ham instead of little ham pellets; and 3) it contains American cheese. The American cheese is the real kicker for me. There’s just something about an omelet with American cheese that sets if apart from omelets with cheddar cheese. The omelet is huge too. It’s served with either hash browns or home fries. If I’m eating carbs, I get the home fries. They are real potatoes, peeled and cut by hand and fried in a skillet or on a flat top just like you’d have at home.

Western omelet with home fries and wheat toast

I also really like Tammy’s pancakes. But my one complaint is they are too small. You get three cakes that are about the size of a small coffee can lid. I’m sure that’s really all a person should eat, health-wise, but it just leaves me wanting more. The breakfast menu also contains other typical items such as eggs your way, sausage, biscuits and gravy and french toast. I only have one other complaint. They serve “fake butter” or “spread” to customers. I once asked if they had any real butter and was told no by Tammy herself. Surely they aren’t using that crap to cook with. She could have brought me some from the kitchen like other places have done.

On our most recent visit, I opted for a simple grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of Tammy’s taco soup. The soup contains a lot of the components of a taco, ground beef, tomatoes, peppers, black beans and spices. It’s topped with a generous amount of shredded cheese and is served with sour cream and tortilla chips. It’s got good flavor and is pretty filling. The grilled cheese was above average (grilled with REAL BUTTER, I’m sure.) I saved two cheesy bites of it for last.

I’ve had the salmon cakes more than once. They are close to like my mom makes. Same goes with the beans, fried potatoes and cornbread. And the meatloaf is really good too.

 

Meatloaf, broccoli casserole and sweet potato casserole

 

I’ve also had the baked chicken breast with gravy, the ground beef patty with grilled onions and gravy, a Reuben, a Chef’s salad and a Grilled Chicken salad. One of my favorite sides is the sweet potato casserole. It’s super sweet and topped with chopped pecans. It’s really more like dessert. Oh, speaking of dessert, Tammy’s has several homemade options each day such as pig pickin’ cake (a white layer cake with coconut, orange and other flavors), fruit cobblers, butter pecan cake (sold out our recent visit) or if she gets strawberries from The Strawberry Lady, strawberry shortcake (with a homemade yellow sponge cake.) 

Tammy’s food is nothing fancy, just good old-fashioned country cooking that’s served with a smile in a clean, nicely-decorated, homey-feeling place. THREE FORKS.

 

Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe

photo from their website

Ashley says…

My husband and I were in Huntington on a non-home game Saturday afternoon recently looking for somewhere “different” to eat.  We don’t make it to downtown Huntington very often, so finding somewhere “different” shouldn’t be too difficult, right?  We struggled a little.  We didn’t want to go to one of the chains (Uno’s, Max & Irma’s or Five Guys’ Burgers and Fries) at Pullman Square and we weren’t in the mood for Asian, Italian or Mexican food (Thai House, Frankie B’s, also at  Pullman Square, or Chili Willi’s.)  It was between lunch and dinner hours and a couple of other places (Huntington Prime and another I can’t recall the name of) weren’t open yet.  So we decided on the Marshall Hall of Fame Café.  We’d eaten there a couple of times before, but it had been a few years.

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Fast Food Burger: The Sequel – Wendy’s Bacon Deluxe!!

Ron says…

Like James Cameron working for a decade on the movie Avatar, I have been working on my next signature post.  Remember the last one?

Well like a Hollywood blockbuster, I’ll follow the same format for success and keep beating it like a dead horse and see if with this post I can generate the same response.

So, several months ago, you may have recalled seeing the attached video:

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Best Lunch Special EVER – Bennigans

Note:  This restaurant CLOSED in 2009

Ron Says…

First ~ I have no Pictures as I was on a work lunch.

Second ~ I’m not even sure if this applies to all Bennigans.  Bennigans people speak up if it does.

Third ~ yes Bennigans is a chain, I don’t care, just shut up about that already.

Fourth ~ This is just my opinion, not Dan’s, Susan’s, Misty’s, or Phil’s, or yours.  MINE, just get over it.

Are you ready?

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How Big is the Food at a Place Named Biggie’s?

Note:  Susan’s daughters, ages 8 and 10, are guest bloggers for this review.

Susan says…

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I take my mother duties very seriously. Every daughter’s upbringing should include shopping training. I am so committed to this ideal, I started shopping with my girls, explaining how to calculate sale prices in your head, sharing my secrets for strategic routing inside the mall, and how best to stuff everything in the trunk of the car – well before they could walk.

In addition, I am somewhat of a patriot. Now, I don’t go around waving flags on an ordinary Tuesday but I try to do my part to help keep America the greatest place on the planet.

As a means to these ends, I felt it was both my civic and parental duty to stimulate the fledgling economy the day after Thanksgiving. 

All our intensive study of shopping served us well this year because we were in Grafton, WV. You really had to get creative to find good shopping in that area. We had already exhausted the possibiities at the Grafton Wal Mart, grabbing quite a few of the $4 specials and had worked up an appetite before trekking to the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.

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Big Flavor on a Small Plate – Vandalia Grille

Vandalia Grille – Downtown, Charleston, WV

Update 1/23/09:  Since our visit, the menu has been expanded.  The Slider Sampler no longer appears on the menu currently on the Vandalia Grille website.

Dan says…

So when I heard that Chef Sadorra was going to do tapas at the former Vandalia Lounge location I had my doubts.  Tapas had been done in Charleston with mixed results.  The Bridge Road Bistro opened with a tapas menu, but switch to a more traditional bistro menu after the first year in business.  The Bluegrass Kitchen has a tapas menu, but they are sized like lunch portions so it works with the East End crowd.  Well, to my knowledge Chef Sadorra has yet to strike out when it comes to designing a menu and he hit a home run with the Vandalia Grill.

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