At the Fat Cat in Quincy, you can get great food, generous portions, and
friendly service all at a price that won’t break the bank. As owner
Neil Kiley will tell you, the “three main components to restaurant
dining are quality, service, and value.” The restaurant certainly meets
those standards it so highly values, and it will be evident within
minutes of your first – and what will not be your last – visit. From
their iconic, bottomless bowls of macaroni and cheese to their signature
martinis, the Fat Cat has something for everyone.
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
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).
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!
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.
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