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Fat Willy’s Rib Shack

Cathy2 | Mar 2, 200308:51 PM

While doing research for the Westernathon, we came across:

Fat Willy’s Rib Shack
2416 W. Schubert Avenue

Hours: Sun-Thurs: 12-9:30, Fri-Sat: 12-10:30

This MAY violate the Western Avenue only rule, however their sign IS on Western Avenue, then it is maybe 1/2 block in. This was our find of the day. We initially ran in to get the take out menu and stayed for lunch (it was after 2, no breakfast or lunch --- wall paper was beginning to look VERY good)

What attracted us to stay was Baked 4 Cheese Macaroni consisting of imported Gruyere, fontina, parmesan & Wisconsin cheddar baked with penne noodles for $4.95. We then ordered the large rib tips, which included steak fries and Texas toast for $8.95. The rib tips were meaty, obviouosly smoked and by my request not swimming in additional sauce. Though there was more sauce available at the table, we never needed any more. I normally pass on the Steak Fries because they are limp cousins of American Fries (temporarily avoiding references Francais), these steak fries were extra crisp and delicious. We used fries to scoop up the leftover cheese from the macaroni. Yummy! We also ordered the scallion corn bread, which was a more traditional unsweetened corn bread -- I was raised on the Jiffy variant -- which came late in our meal when I was full.

I rarely ordered dessert but I could tell the crust on the pecan pie was homemade. This pecan pie I only nibbled had chocolate chips on the bottom. They dolled up the presentation by dribbling caramel sauce, whipping cream and salted pecans. Unfortunately, this where they made one departure from everything seemingly made from scratch: it was aerosol whipped cream. Next time I will skip the cream.

Things of interest we did not have the capacity to sample: beef brisket, smoked chicken, Chili, Sausage Gumbo, Apple wood bacon.

They are expanding next door, though I'm not sure what that means exactly, they may be on Western Avenue shortly.


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