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May 14, 2008 09:29 PM

Fatburger - edmonton

So i've driven past this place a couple of times in SEC - is it good? Is it a chain?

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  1. Definitely a chain (we have at least one here in Calgary) can't comment though since I've never been. (I know it's been mentioned before on this board...but in reference to Calgary though.)

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    1. re: maplesugar

      oops - i never read the calgary boards...i'll go back and see what they say.

    2. It's a US chain that was started by a woman in the 50's.

      We like the one in Calgary; it's not a gourmet burger, but the ingredients are fresh (they make their own buns in house), the beef is good qualtiy, and the lemonade is pretty good. The kids love the atmosphere. We've been to one in Santa Monica, and I would say the quality is consistent.

      The place is usually extremely busy. If we're in the area and need a quick meal, we don't hesitate to go. Not impressed with the shakes though -- thick and creamy, but the flavor could be stronger.

      1. The burgers are decent, but the prices are ridiculous in Canada.

        In-N-Out Burger is better anyways, but they're never going to Canada, so I'll just have to keep going to them.

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        1. re: mcmuffin

          how do you know they are never going to canada?

          1. re: ihatepickyeaters

            We have INSANE labour shortages here (well, in Alberta) and it's going to be a long time until we see any new-to-us US chains in this part of the country. There was a press release I saw about 2 years ago about Carls Jr opening here (BC and Alberta) and we're stil waiting. In-N-Out isn't even in other parts of the states, why would it ever open here?

          2. re: mcmuffin

            that's one place I want to try, In-N-Out.

            1. re: sweeterpea

              I am heading to vegas in June and someone on that board mentioned in-n-out. what is the big deal about them?

              1. re: cleopatra999

                Fresh food, made to order, inexpensive, treat their employees well, catchy lingo. They arent the best burgers i've ever had, but they are really good, especially at the price.

                Make sure you get your burger animal style - pickles, extra thousand island sauce, and grilled onions! Double-double animal style is THE burger. I eat two whenever i go.. which is pretty much anytime im in the States.

                Oh, and get the fries well done if you prefer crispy fries. They are way too soggy if you don't. I personally skip the fries and get a second burger.

                1. re: yen

                  I was on tripadvisor Vegas forum a while back and they kept mentioning the double double. I had to comment in telling them, you say that to a Canadian we aren't thinking burger.

                  Hubbys been to the Fatburger at SEC and he likes it but, yeah it's pricey. I made the mistake (well not really a mistake) of checking the nutritional info on these Fatburgers. Hey, I was curious as I watch my caloric intake religiously. A king burger with fries and a coke fed my man a nice 1500 calories for lunch...LOL. That burger is stupidly big though. That type of thing is like a challenge to him

                  1. re: livetocook

                    Don't ever make that mistake!!! Don't ever read the nutritional value of a Fatburger, In-N-Out or any other chain burger as far as that goes. Just enjoy! Heh.

                  2. re: yen

                    Or if you like fries soggy you can get them cooked light. I mustn't be the only one who likes them soggy.

                    Just don't get the fries animal style. We didn't think the thousand island dressing worked on fries.

                    Also, there is no point in getting a single animal style (imo) as the toppings outnumber the beef.

                    1. re: sharonanne

                      sharonanne is exactly right, it takes a double double to round out everything else.

                      1. re: sharonanne

                        Really? I liked the fries animal style. Made them palatable, as im not a soggy fry fan. Must be my non-British roots, as i hated British chips as well :)

                        Regardless, i skip the fries and get two double doubles and a shake now. Can't mess with tradition anymore!

                    2. re: cleopatra999

                      If I'm not mistaken, they only have 3 or 4 options to order (unless you find yourself with the secret menu options - order the Flying Dutchman: Two meat patties and two slices of cheese. No bun, vegetables, or spread are included) and they have a loyal fan base.

                      1. re: raidar

                        You guys are killing me!! *drool*

                  3. re: mcmuffin

                    mcmuffin is right on, Fatburger is way overpriced for anything beyond the basic burger, at a dollar each for cheese and chili if you get a double chili cheese burger you are out 3 bucks before you even start with the burger price. In n out is a much better deal for what you get and IMHO tastes better.

                    1. re: malibumike

                      Yes, but, see, we DON"T HAVE In N out in Canada.

                      Fatburger is superb- maybe pricey but what in Alberta is not pricey?

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        I was a bit surprised at how far In N Out reaches the American public. According to it's website, it's only in four states.

                        And I was seriously thinking of hitting it on our trip to Seattle this year. I really wish I had gone on my last trip to Vegas. People kept talking about it on TripAdvisor and I was like, whatever, it's a fast food joint. Arrgh!!

                        1. re: John Manzo

                          In-N-Out is a privately-owned, family business which is totally focussed on its food and customer service quality. So much so, that they only open an outlet when a "family member" wants to run one. So far the family, based in California, has only spread to Nevada, Arizona and Utah. While most of its food is prepared and all of it cooked in store, they freshly grind from whole chuck and form their burgers at a central facility (safer) in Baldwin Park, CA, so the outlets have to be relatively close since they are not frozen and have no additives, preservatives or fillers.

                          Daily formed patties from beef ground by them. Fries cut that day and hand-leafed lettuce and hand sliced tomatoes and onions with real cheese. Their burgers can't be beat. I like mine 3x3 instead of having two Double-Doubles to cut down the carbs, and Animal-style makes anything better. I understand that they'll serve anything #x#, but warn you after 6x6.

                          1. re: Jkher

                            Thanks for the info. Luckily we are going back to Vegas in August and it's not too far of a walk from NYNY to get to one.

                            A buddy of ours got back just recently from Vegas, ate at In 'n Out and said it was nothing special. Does it make a difference if you go animal style? I like what that offers, so I would ask for it. With our friends comment, I'm unsure whether it's worth the walk/taxi ride.

                            I'm starting to wonder if this a place touted by people who grow up on it. Leaving the rest of us thinking, "it's just fast food"

                    2. Fatburger has been in Los Angeles for decades. Don't know how it is in Canada, but I think it's the best fast food burger in LA; Better than In N Out, tho In N Out is definitely cheaper. We recently had a Five Guys moving into LA. Fatburger is still better. Superior fries, better patty and bun, also good turkey burger options.

                      1. I ate at a Fatburger in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. It was ok. Typical fast food burgers. But it was way cheaper than eating at McD's at the MGM.