A Burger Joint with a Sense of Humor

by Cate on July 24, 2005

One of those crazy days, but we managed to get a lot done. I screwed up on the birthday party time, thinking it started at 10 am, when it was, in fact, 2:30 pm. Luckily I figured it out before it started, but we definitely left the house a lot earlier than we needed to, and ended up doing a lot of back-and-forthing. Anyways, that left us enough time to go to Fatburger for lunch. Not really a restaurant, but not really fast food, it falls somewhere in between. We’ll definitely be going back.

When I saw this sign and laughed out loud. I knew we were in for a treat.

Decorated in 1950s retro style, complete with chrome and red leather, it features a nifty jukebox that is web-based and holds 200,000 songs — pretty cool! I, for one, love jukeboxes.

The fries (we chose the skinny ones; they also have fat fries, which looked good) and onion rings did nothing for me, but the burger … delicious! Really, really well seasoned, I got it topped with cheese and a fried egg and ate every last bite. Just on their own merit, the burgers will bring us back.


The Fatburger Experience

At Fatburger, you can watch the crew making everyone’s meals, with the order-takers shouting out different items and the kitchen crew shouting the items back, marine style. They had 10 employees in the small galley kitchen, yet they worked amazingly well together. All around the restaurant, they have humorous quotes and sayings on their tabletop signs, posters, etc. I love the sense of humor the chain has.

My Mom is out of town, so being the good daughter I am, I made dinner for my Dad and brought it to him. I love meatloaf, but The Husband doesn’t, so cooking for Dad gave me a good excuse to make meatloaf. I gave most to Dad, and saved a slice for me and a meatloaf-loving neighbor. I love it slightly warm on white toast with melted cheese, ketchup and mayo. Yum – I know what I’M having for lunch tomorrow.

Anyways, our favorite Indian restaurant is near my parents’ house, so after stopping to drop off dinner for my Dad, we got some Indian take-out. Chef Joanna will be bummed to hear that I stuck to my usual … what can I say? I’m in an admitted, delicious rut! I got Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Onion Kulcha, Kheer and Assorted Snacks. Just like when I order Chinese food, I always get a bunch of appetizers, instead of a main course. To me, that’s more fun. The Husband got his usual Chicken Makhani, Basmati Rice and Meat Samosas. Nicholas had a bit of everything.

If you’ve never had Pani Puri, do try it. It’s a great Indian snack that our old neighbors introduced us to. We go over there for dinner and try to outpace each other with who can eat the most. Pictured below, you pop a whole in the puri shell (pictured on the right), and fill it with the chick pea/potato mixture and then pour in the flavored water. Pop the whole thing in your mouth, and it’s a pretty healthy treat.


Pani Puri

With leftover Chinese food from yesterday, and now Indian food from tonight, tomorrow night’s dinner is definitely a Clean-Out-the-Fridge meal. That said, I will be making two new recipes: Pink Lemonade Wafers (cookies) and Triple Chocolate Cassis Brownies. Got a new cookbook (The Spirited Vegetarian), and the brownies come from there. If I have time, I might also make the Dulce de Leche Brownies. A pregnant friend is having consistent chocolate cravings, and if she and the baby want chocolate, who am I to deny them?

Tune in tomorrow for more weekend doings. Until then…

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Anonymous July 24, 2005 at 6:22 am

Can I just ask…as much as you eat out, how much do you weigh? LOL A burger with a fried egg on it? My arteries would be screaming for mercy! I would love to eat like you do, but man, I would weigh a ton!

By the way, love your blog! The food and recipes always look great!

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chuffle July 24, 2005 at 10:09 am

I ate at Fatburger when I was on vacation in California in 2002 and loved it. Was thrilled when one opened here in the Pittsburgh area last year.

Thoroughly enjoy your writing, having found your blog a couple of days ago.

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Cate July 24, 2005 at 1:17 pm

anon – everything in moderation. ;) We also do a lot of outside activities, and between that, and chasing after our almost-three-year-old son and 2 dogs, it’s all good. :)

chuffle – thanks! Glad to have you visit.

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Jeff July 24, 2005 at 10:45 pm

That sign for Fatburgers is a hoot! :p A burger with a fried egg on it?? Now that’s a new one for me!! Love your sight :)

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Joe July 24, 2005 at 11:42 pm

We have a fatburger near us but I have yet to actually go in one. I have wondered what their menu was like. We will have to stop in sometime and see if there is something we would get! Sounds interesting!

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Cate July 24, 2005 at 11:42 pm

Glad you like the site, Jeff. Do try the egg on a burger. I’m a big fan of sloppy sandwiches — the more stuff running through your fingers, the better. ;)

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