Billing itself as "The Last Great Hamburger Stand", Fatburger is a 50s style burger joint, preparing made-to-order burgers, fries & milkshakes
A great place to come have burgers before a hockey game. Portion & taste are not bad. I thought it was quite tasty. This location gets a bit hectic on game night, so be prepared to share your table. Yup, a burger joint that uses the "Chinese" way of seating people - squeeze as many people at tables as possible. I've never seen that before in a Western restaurant, so that was a nice surprise. It's not super cramped but packed. Well you gotta eat, so anywhere is fine. The restaurant itself is small, so don't expect to linger very long - it's a quick bite before the game. You'll definitely save some money, rather than pay for arena concession food prices. =)
I remember going to the Bite of Seattle several years ago, and sampling 7-8 restaurants, including Fatburger. I recall thinking that it was a decent enough burger, but not special enough to make me warrant a special effort to find the store and eat there.
This would appear to be their newest location, across the street from the Stadium Skytrain station.
I'm not quite sure what to make of the place. It feels like A&W done with a 50s flair (checkered floors, vintage neon lights, and CFOX-esque music pumping loudly over the speakers), but not quite.
It is a pretty good burger. Fresh ingredients. Made to order, with fresh crisp fries, at a price that's probably more than an fast-food burger place (say comparable to a Red Robin's or a White Spot), but without the sit down table service you'd expect from a full service restaurant.
BUT, for a place that makes you line up at the counter to order, gives you a plastic order tag to place on your table, and brings you your order on a plastic tray lined with wax paper to catch the drippings.... a 25 minute wait feels too long.
So.... my overview is, it's a fast-food joint (order at the counter, receive your order in a plastic tray lined with wax paper) with pricing and speed that feels more a casual full service restaurant.
I would never recommend that any place reduce the quality of their food, so my feeling is that Fatburger would be well served by going the extra distance and making the restaurant a full service diner, with servers taking your order at the table.
Asked cashier if they could make a grilled cheese as my kid doesn't eat meat or veggie burgers. Cashier said flat out no. I persisted and explained what I wanted cheese and a bun and she said no they cannot do that. She was very rude. I asked her to ask her manager who said sure no problem. Then I asked if there was gluten in their burgers. There was wheat crumbs I was told - but the sign says 100% pure beef no additives. That's a lie a guess.
Had california veggie - it was GROSS. Costco guacamole and glop all over it. I barely ate any. The fries were ok if not tasteless.. The onion rings were the WORST. THey looked uncooked and anemic. They were not crispy adn tasted again like nothing. Thank god for ketchup at this place. It was all very overpriced.
Been wanting to try this restaurant and finally did. Was not overly impressed. The burgers tasted like moist cardboard. Paying $0.99 for processed cheese??? Too expensive too. I would have been happier with a Big Mac from MacDonald's. Felt too crowded sitting there eating. The sun was shining but no shutters to keep out the glare so hard to find decent seating. Will I go back?? Probably not.
I think that a lot of people who go here for burgers expect to have the same kind of burger you would have gotten at Feenie's restaurant. The burgers here are your typical burgers but there is nothing wrong with them. My fiance and I both ordered a cheese burger, mine had fries, his had union rings. The burger had a lot of fresh toppings and there were enough onion rings and french fries for two people. This is a 50's diner people, it is not lumier or cin cin, so when eating there, don't try to review it like a 5 star restaurant. Good service, friendly and fast, the food was very hot, the lemonade was really good.
Anyone complaining about the price at this joint, are just not making smart ordering decisions.
Every Monday, you can get a Fatburger & Fries for 6.99! That Burger comes with allt he regular toppings, and if you want, you can add grilled onions, onion rings, and bbq sauce, all for FREE. When they ask you if you want bacon/cheese? Or a pop? Just say no, that's what makes it seem expensive. Just drink a glass of water and drop some lemon in it.
Add to this that they have a Stamp Card! Buy 6 Burgers and get 1 Free. That Free Burger can be ANY of the specialty burgers, which are all great.
I dine here once a week and the quality is always good, service decent, and dine in area clean.
The burger tasted fine, but for $5.29, I was kind of hoping that the burger would be a hell of a lot better than the burgers one can get at McDonalds.
Overall: Nothing special and overpriced.
I discovered this location by shear accident when going from Costco to the Skytrain. I thought I would try to clog up my arteries a little. I had one of their special Fatburgers with a chocolate shake. Delicious burger, cheese extra, shake, small, but delicious. More than twice the price of MacDonald's equal but much tastier here. Vern
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