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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...

            1. re: abf005

              Yeah, Chicago's proven time and time again that it's just not the type of burger spawning city, especially in the fast food world. M Burger is god awful, and IMO so is Epic Burger. Meatheads and Kuma's however seem like they may be good and may make it big if they expand. Other than that, Chicago's known for it's dogs and 'zza, not burgers.

              I think you are the first person I've seen who says they think In n out is "terrible". Wow.

        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.