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Fat Willy's (Review)

G Wiv | Apr 1, 200306:35 AM

Fat Willy's

Had lunch at Fat Willy's last week and they certainly have all the moves, including an out of the way slightly rundown feel, even though they are only a half of a block west of Western Ave. Fat Willy's also has extremely friendly owners, both husband and wife, and a staff that is almost too helpful for a BBQ joint.

Fat Willy's has two kinds of sauce and a not-bad-at-all dry rub for shaking on fries, slaw, ribs and the very good Texas Toast. Fat Willy's also has, much to their credit, two kinds of tea, sweet and unsweetened, though the unsweetened is obviously a nod to us Northerners as tea and (too much) sugar go hand in hand South of the Mason Dim Sum line.

I had a half order ($9.95) of baby back ribs that came with Texas Toast and steak fries. I mentioned that I enjoyed the Texas Toast, but the steak fries were quite good as well, especially dredged through the hot BBQ sauce dusted with the Fat Willy dry rub.

I had read, on Chowhound, that the baked 4-cheese macaroni was excellent, but I did not try it as it was only noon and I didn't have time for an after lunch food coma induced nap. The people sitting next to me had a wider assortment of food and simply raved about the gumbo, 4-cheese and pulled pork sandwich.

The ribs you ask, how were the ribs? Well, I didn't hate them, which for me when eating ribs on the North side of Chicago is saying quite a bit. The baby backs were a bit on the tender side, but not falling off the bone meat pudding, there was still integrity in the texture of the meat though it came away from the bone a little too easily, IMHO. The flavor of the pork was good, but there was little, to my taste, smoke flavor.

Ligament mentioned that Fat Willy's ribs were quite smoky, either he and I have differing ideas as to smoke flavor or I caught FW's on an off day. In reference to smoke, I am not the type of person who likes to eat BBQ on Sunday and still be burping smokerings on Thursday, so I would guess I caught FW's on a low smoke flavor day.

All in all I enjoyed Fat Willy's, but, unlike Kman, I will not be taking off my shorts to eat Fat Willy's ribs. By the way, Kman, that is an incredibly funny and accurate barometer of how much one is enjoying not only ribs, but most things in life. {smile}

Fat Willy's is a bit on the crowded side, with or without customers, but as Cathy2 mentioned, they are expanding in the very near future.


Fat Willy's Rib Shack.
2416 N Schubert Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60647

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