Heart-clogging goodness on a roll

So last week I took on a famous pizzeria. This week, I decided to take on a campus celebrity — the Fat Shack.

For full disclosure, I have had Fat Shack before — it’s pretty hard to be here more than a few months and not try its late-night offerings. That’s right, this place is only open at night, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on most nights, to be exact. Translation: It’s pretty much the perfect place to get some grub if you’re drunk one night and don’t want to (or can’t figure out how to) work the oven.

Speaking of grub, my favorite site, campusfood.com, was bought out by grubhub.com, and if you had an account with Campus Food you can move over and get free money. And free money is awesome, so do that!

And now on to the Fat Shack. Just as a warning, if you’re not into eating a whole day’s worth of calories in one sitting, this place is not for you.

Cheesesteak, chicken fingers, french fries, mozzarella sticks, mayo and ketchup line a delectable and filling Fat Slob. (Alex Wolfe / Sports Editor)

So here’s the jist of what Fat Shack’s specialty is — fat sandwiches. Originated at our neighbor up north, Rutgers University, these sandwiches have a whole bunch of stuff thrown into a hoagie roll. Ingredients include mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, cheesesteak, jalapeño poppers, French fries, etc. etc.

I browsed the list of sandwiches (names included the Fat Doobie, Fat Roscoe, Fat Hangover and Fat Veggie) and settled on the Fat Slob, which consists of cheesesteak, chicken fingers, French fries, mozzarella sticks, mayo and ketchup. There are probably two or three other sandwiches that are pretty similar in composition to this one, but the ketchup and mayo sold me.

I also decided to order a quesadilla with bacon, mostly since I had to meet the order minimum.

All in all, it ran me $6.99 for the sandwich and $5.74 for the quesadilla (bacon was 75 cents extra), for a grand total of $12.73 and a dollar for delivery. For the amount of food I got, it was not a bad price at all.

The food took about 25 minutes to get there, and they even gave me a courtesy call to let me know they were at my house. That was a nice touch.

So I took my food in and ripped into it (I was pretty much ready to eat my own arm off, as usual) and was greeted with a wonderful fat sandwich. Wonderful tasting, that is. One thing about fat sandwiches, they are super delicious, but they don’t look all that appealing to the eye.

More about the taste, though. It was phenomenal. If you’ve never eaten mozzarella sticks, cheesesteak, chicken fingers, French fries, ketchup and mayo together you should. Another good thing is that it gets you full, too. I mean, it’s probably only around like 1,500 calories, no big deal.

I ate one of the four slices of the quesadilla for the purpose of the review and it was really good too. Not overly crispy, but well melted and the bacon tasted good.

That being said, I actually had some leftovers this week! I warmed up the remainder of the quesadilla for breakfast the next morning and it warmed up really well. Good stuff there.

Overall, I was very satisfied with my experience at Fat Shack. Definitely not the healthiest food, but as far as taste goes, it was extraordinary.

Fat Shack

Where:

1410 Parkway Ave

Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Friday & Saturday: 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Number:

(609) 323-7654

Web orders:

grubhub.com

Ratings (out of 5):

Appetizer:  ****

Specialties:  *****

Speed:  ****

Cost:  ****

Reheatability:  ****

Overall: 21/25