One dreary October night Sara and I wandered out of Crabtree mall in search of something filling and comforting. Driving up Glenwood Avenue, we passed restaurant after restaurant unable to find one that would satisfy our cravings. "How about Fat Daddy's?" I asked. "The place with the old stuff on the walls?"
Fat Daddy's certainly doesn't lure you in with its decor, which it feels like an old school Bennigans (oh how I miss you Monte Cristo) with its random collection of tackiness. But their reputation of quality burgers and massive topping bar tempts you through the front doors.
|Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout|
Impressively, Fat Daddy's has a decent collection of craft brews. A large collection of Rouge brewery bottles, many of them 22 oz. As I mentioned before, I'm a big dark beer fan and choose the Rouge Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. A smooth stout that was the perfect compliment to burgers.
|Burger and Fried Orka|
Though I am no expert Burgiatrist, as the guys over at The Straight Beef, I'd like to believe that I recognize a quality burger. And to me, Fat Daddy's has quality burgers. The buns are made from Fat Daddy's in-house bakery then buttered and toasted... as all buns should be. Though the burgers came medium well, it didn't completely rob the burger of its juices. The meat was flavorful with a solid sear. I topped the burger with the premium toppings of bacon and swiss, both commendable additions to the burger. However, the main attraction of Fat Daddy's is their extensive topping bar. From cheese sauce to fresh jalapenos, there seems to be an endless amount of toppings. Well, it's actually closer to a dozen but thats still impressive. I stacked mushrooms, jalapenos, and a tomato slice to complete my mountain of deliciousness.
Sara and I embarked back into the cold and rainy night but with the comfort of quality burgers in our bellies.
6201 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612-2615
PS: There are two more days until I draw for the Fleming's Steakhouse gift card giveaway on November 11! Click the link for more details.
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