I found myself downtown last week on my lunch hour and looking for a quick bite. Having been meaning to try Fatburger, this seemed just as good an opportunity as any.
My co-worker and I arrived just after noon on a Friday and the place was pretty packed (I managed to grab the last table!). The restaurant itself is a modern-age diner, with comfy seats, plenty of bar-style seating, music and flat screen TV’s. The menu isn’t anything special, in fact, I had a really hard time reading it at the back of the line because the font is so small. I decided to give the Original Fatburger ($5.99) with the cheddar cheese add-on (additional $1.19) a try with a fountain pop ($2.49) and my co-worker ordered the Double Fat Cheese Burger and fries Fat Friday combo. When ordering, my co-worker asked for clarification about the burger, and she was told it was two seperate burgers rather than one burger with two patties (she had planned to take one home for later), but it turned out this wasn’t the case and she ended up having to pick out the extra patty.
The burger was good, better than what you expect from fast food, but fast food none-the-less. The meat and fixin’s were fresh, but of fast-food quality, i.e. shredded iceberg lettuce. The fries are flour-coated, ensuring their crispiness on the outside, but I found them a bit mushy on the inside. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the onion rings but next time would be interested in giving them a try in place of the fries. This was a filling lunch (I’m not even going to think about the empty calories) and satisfied my craving for a greasy burger.
Fatburger is nothing but a glorified fast food restaurant without the cost-effectiveness. I like that you can choose your own add-ons (specialty cheeses, bacon, egg, chilli, mushrooms, and guacamole) and that you can grab a beer with your burger because it’s a licensed restaurant. I didn’t like the lack of “combo’s” and I found it to be expensive to order a burger, side and drink separately. The meal itself was as I expected it to be: nothing fancy but it hit the spot. Putting it in terms of other local burger joints, Fatburger fits somewhere between gourmet, the Bin 4‘s and Pink Bicycle‘s of Victoria and the chain Fast Food joints like Burger King or McDonalds. I’ll likely be back if I need a hit of greasy burger and happen to be in the area, but I likely won’t seek it out.
Check out their menu here.
1209 Douglas Street