Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Fat Cat Restaurant in Quincy
Once seated, you will be brought a basket of assorted, homemade bread which usually includes dinner rolls and cornbread. Accompanying the complimentary starter is honey butter for spreading and a black bean hummus for dipping. The butter is sweet and the hummus is savory, but both will please your taste buds.
Sometimes, the appetizer section of a menu can seem mundane and as though it has been forgotten, written off by the chef as a necessary evil. This is not the case at the Fat Cat, as their appetizer menu shows anything but neglect. While it hasn’t been neglected, it still offers staples such as chicken wings, French fries, and fried onions…but each has its own twist. While you can opt for classic Buffalo wings, you have the option of choosing from an array of sauces, rubs, and dips. The same goes for the French fries; you can get the classic, but you’ll want to try a batch with one of their many seasonings. As for the fried onions, the Fat Cat is of the opinion that rings are for fast food restaurants. Instead, theirs are served in thin, lightly battered straws that resemble a stack of hay (hence the name, Haystacks). The selection of appetizers is impressive, and the prices make them all the more irresistible, ranging from a mere $7 to $10.
Do not be naïve, ordering a salad or a sandwich at the Fat Cat does not qualify as ordering a small bite. Both serve as substantial entrees and sufficient meals for even the hungriest diner. The salads come in a shallow bowl that is as big as a large-sized pizza and filled with all kinds of “good stuff” rather than with iceberg lettuce “filler.” As for the sandwiches, each half is larger than what ordinary restaurants call a whole sandwich. A pulled-pork sandwich, topped with wispy fried onions and on a homemade sub roll, could feed a family of four. Perhaps that is an exaggeration, but it’s not too far from the truth. The sandwich overflows with barbecued pork, and while you’ll try to use your hands, you’ll need a fork. The sandwich is the true “Big N’ Tasty,” and better yet, it is just $7!
If you have heard anything about the Fat Cat, it was probably in regards to their macaroni and cheese, as it’s the best macaroni and cheese you will ever have out. The Gourmet Mac N Cheese, as it’s called, has its own section of the menu rather than being lumped in with the other entrees. Four cheeses (Manchego, Parmesan, Bleu, and Cheddar) cover spirally noodles and marinated tomatoes are placed on top. Like with the appetizers, you can order the standard, but you’ll want to take advantage of the many different options you’re presented with. The Fat Cat gives you the option of having lobster, steak, shrimp, hot dog, crab, or chicken mac. The classic cheese starts at $10, and prices work their way up. The lobster mac is the most expensive at $18, but it’s a small price to pay for a dish that contains handfuls of lobster meat and a whole box of pasta (seriously, each serving contains a box of pasta).
Huge portions aren’t for everyone, but luckily the Fat Cat lets you share entrees. Unlike some restaurants that completely prohibit sharing, here, the cost is an additional $4 to the price of the entrée. However, if you don’t like to share, be prepared to take home your leftovers; there will be leftovers, and they’re too good to leave behind!
The drink menu at the Fat Cat is as good as the dinner menu and is definitely worth taking a look at. Wine and beer drinkers will be pleased with both selection and price: a variety of wine is available for $7 a glass while the many beers range in price from $3.50 for domestic bottles to $4 for import bottles to $5 for what’s on draft. The wine and beer lists are impressive, but all patrons of age should try a Fat Cat Cocktail. Perhaps the best two are the Purple Purr (a sweet concoction of grape vodka, grape pucker, limoncello, sour mix, and Sprite) and the Jolly Cat (a Jolly Rancher in cocktail-form!). Women are served these Fat Cat Cocktails in martini glasses and for the prideful gentlemen they are served on the rocks. These delicious drinks are just $8 a glass – a bargain compared to the typical $14 other Boston-area restaurants charge for their martinis.
Next time you’re looking to dine somewhere with great food at an unbeatable price, look no further than the Fat Cat. Located at 24 Chestnut Street, Quincy, MA, the Fat Cat is the place to go for the ultimate dining experience.