4701 Meridian Street Huntsville
Let me get this out of the way right off: you’re not going to have much luck looking for kale or quinoa at a place called Fatsy’s.
Fatsy’s Restaurant is nestled next to Alabama A&M, in a shopping center on the northwest corner of Industrial and Meridian. (If your nav sends you from the Parkway east on Industrial as mine did, turn in that shopping center right before you get to Meridian. My phone never told me to.)
It’s friendly fast casual, with seating for a couple dozen inside, but we saw a steady stream of takeout business too. Aaron and I checked it out on a semi-stormy Thursday evening.
It’s a burgers-and-wings joint, but there are some provocative details. Gizzards are featured prominently on the menu, and the “$20 Holla” combo features four good cross-sections of Fatsy’s fare. Fried fish? Egg rolls? Hmm. Call it burgers-and-wings plus. Everything is cooked to order, so the slight additional wait over a place that doesn’t do that is worth it.
We opened with Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, which were hearty and flavorful. Other egg roll options include buffalo chicken, brisket with mac & cheese, southwest (that intriguingly includes plant-based meat), and “soulfood”–sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, and collard greens.
You know I’m getting into some wings if they’re there to be gotten into, and bonus points for having whole wings available! My drums and flats were tasty, though there’s room for lots more heat in the extra-hot sauce. I’ll have to come get a larger order for lunch sometime (and there are more than a dozen other sauces for me to try). Aaron chose the smaller of two burger sizes–appropriate given our sampler mission–and dispatched it quickly, complimenting the freshly-grilled flavor.
Though the loaded fries did sound good to me, I selected them partially because I thought they’d make a good photograph. They wound up being our favorite item that we tried. Topped generously with chicken, ranch, grilled onions, cheese, and jalapenos, they were seriously yummy. It was difficult to stay out of them.
We were too full of supper to get dessert, but the egg roll returns to the menu here with apple pie and peach cobbler varieties. Fried sweet biscuits are available as well.
The only nit I found to pick was with the drink selection. Canned soft drinks and bottled water are available for $1 each, and that’s pretty much all of the options. Free refills are a standard offering anymore, so a soda fountain would be a welcome addition. (Maybe coffee to go with dessert too?)
Fatsy’s is a place to make your tummy happy, and there’s essentially no pretense of healthy eating. But isn’t that refreshing once in a while? The offerings are reasonably priced and delicious, and the menu is extensive enough that it would take a number of visits to try everything.
I should have tried the gizzards. I’m looking forward to my return.
4701 Meridian Street
Mon – Sat 11am – 9pm
Sun 11am – 7pm
Bo Williams is a Christian, husband, father, writer, and human trafficking activist. He is the Director of Public Relations for the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force (stnow.org). He enjoys IndyCar racing, wristwatches, and spending time with his family, especially at the beach. You can keep up with Bo day to day at BoWilliams.com.