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Kanye West bringing Fatburger to Chicago

Maybe this belongs on the Chains board, but has anybody been to Fatburger? Is anybody else curious?

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  1. I had the same reaction. I've been to Fatburger when in Vegas. Hands down the best burger I've ever had (when jonesing for grease). It's so good!

    1. I have been, it was pretty good, nothing that will blow you out of the water.

      1. I am totally curious, though my friend from CA scoffed and said that fatburger doesn't even come close to being as good as In-n-Out (another chain I have been curious about for ages - it has such a following). Anyway, have been craving a burger all day now ...

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        1. re: basilb

          Basilb and others--
          I'm a Chicago native who was uprooted just before my 11th birthday, when my father thought we should move to Los Angeles. This was probably before most of you were born. I am well acquainted with both In-n-Out and Fatburger. Comparing them is like apples and oranges. In-n-Out is a thin hamburger, about 1/6th pound and dripping with a thousand island dressing concoction, onions raw or grilled, lettuce, and tomato. Most of the time I open the bun and have to send it back because it is cooked to a crisp. They have the worst French fries. They are fresh, but taste raw. Fatburger is much larger hamburger, available grilled or char-broiled. It's a good hamburger but not the best burger I've ever had.
          IMO, I'm not so excited about another rich celebrity opening a franchise/chain in my hometown. I'd rather see a genuine restauranteur, or small business person, open a great place that I could only go to right there.

          1. re: Kate is always hungry

            I'm with Kate on this one and could care less about who brings it here, and quite frankly "if" we get a Fatburger at all. IMHO both Fatburger and In&Out can stay in California, I think they both are terrible!!

            Chicago is better known and respected for it's many great pub burger places, even though our contribution to the fast food burger world is McDonald's...

        2. We've had Fatburger up here in the Seattle area for a while now, and I find it to be pretty so-so as far as burgers go. Not the type of place I'd go out of my way for, but decent every once in a while.

          1. nope, not curious at all. We have enough burger chains around that I dont go to as it is, add another one to the list I guess, especially one owned by Kanye West.

            1. I live in Southern California, where we have both Fatburger and In-'N-Out branches.

              I believe the general consensus is that Fatburger's food rates as very good to excellent, but as also unexpectedly pricey for a counter-based chain. A burger with a la carte toppings (e.g., cheese, grilled onions, bacon, etc.) can by itself run about $8 to $10 dollars, and that's before adding fries and a drink. Every burger is made to order and typically requires a wait of about 10 minutes, so it's not at all a "fast"-food chain. Having said all that, though, the charbroiled burgers I've had there have all been terrific, although I admit I haven't had one in quite a while.

              In-'N-Out, on the other hand, is a near-universally beloved chain here, with the detractors being in a very small (but vocal) minority. Some quibbles with the fries aside (check out the many Chowhound posts about them), I have yet to find a superior double-cheeseburger combo meal of better quality and/or value (about $6.00) at any other fast-food chain anywhere.

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              1. re: Arthur

                OK, so after writing the post above, I decided it was time for me to make my first pilgrimage to Fatburger in a couple of years. I headed over there for lunch today, and all I can report back is "meh."

                The burgers were less pricey than I indicated above: my entire cheeseburger combo meal cost just under $10 bucks. But the burger was a lot more disappointing than the exemplary one that had been etched into my memory. Although the toppings were dripping like crazy onto my tray, the burger itself wasn't the least bit juicy or particularly flavorful, and the bun was just plain awful. The sandwich wasn't inedible, but IMO any double cheeseburger I've ever had at In-'N-Out blows the Fatburger I ate today out of the water - and the In-'N-Out combo meal is $4 dollars cheaper.

                I have to give props to Fatburger, though, for still offering steak fries, which were just as good as I remembered. I may be willing go back at some point just for those, hoping against hope that today's mediocre burger was the exception rather than the current rule.

              2. Fatburger is all about the char. Any Fatburger without a charbroiler should be avoided. Also, I do not know if there are corporate and franchise locations, but the franchise locations have been bad - again, no charbroiler.

                1. Fatbuger is good but as one of the above posters stated when you add a tiny dollop of chili and cheese it can reach 8 to 10 bucks. Even though smaller at $2.95 an In n Out double double animal style is a much better deal and IMHO has much more depth of taste, Heck you could get 3 double doubles for the same price as one Fatbuger!