Report Card: Fatz

Fatz in Greensboro, NC

Fatz in Greensboro, NC

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http://www.fatz.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade A-

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere:  Grade B-:  This category was the lowest scoring one for Fatz in Greensboro, North Carolina.  While we’re not really sure if there’s a theme to the place, the décor was pretty standard American restaurant – like O’Charleys or Max & Erma’s.  Fatz was clean, but there was a whiff of some strange smell we noticed upon first entering the establishment.  Once we were inside for a few minutes and got acclimated, we stopped noticing the smell.  However, that smell is about the only thing we could find wrong with Fatz.

High marks:  Clean

Low marks:   Strange smell upon first entering

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Service:  Grade A+:   Our server, Johnnie, should teach a class on how to be a great server.  We rarely give out an “A+” in this category because we have pretty unreasonable expectations of our servers.  Johnnie, however, met or exceeded them all.  He was young and actually seemed to enjoy his job.  I felt instantly like he knew me.  Johnnie went out of his way to make sure we had everything we wanted.  None of the extras we ordered were forgotten, and our drinks and rolls were refilled before we even knew we needed refills.  AND, I think my daughter had a little crush on him.  If the owner or manager of Fatz reads this review, you should know you have someone special on staff, and whatever you’re paying him, it’s probably not enough.  The cherry on top was when Johnnie sent us home (or in this case, back to our hotel) with an order of poppy seed rolls and cinnamon butter without our even asking for it.  He knew we loved the rolls by the smears of cinnamon butter on all of our faces.  Well done, Johnnie.

High marks:  This was as close to a perfect service from a non-upscale restaurant we’ve ever had

Low marks:   None

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A-:   Every once in a while, a restaurant will totally surprise us.  Fatz is just such a place.  The meal started with poppy seed rolls.  These little balls of bread, sprinkled with poppy seeds (not to many, though) and fried are bite-sized pieces of heaven.  Add to that the cinnamon butter Fatz gives you to spread on top of them, and it’s really hard to save room for the main course.  Katina had a drink called Front Porch Lemonade, which tasted like (big surprise here) lemonade, but with a little kick.  I wanted to behave myself since we had the kiddos with us, so I settled on Michelob Ultra to drink.  Michelob Ultra is my go to beer if I want a beer without getting tipsy.  I actually think it might just be beer flavored water.  Katina had the Calabash Popcorn shrimp for her entrée, and I settled on the FireCracker Sticks for mine.  The popcorn shrimp were really good, but there’s only so much one can do with that dish.  The real surprise came with the FireCracker Sticks, which are technically an appetizer.  The best way I can describe them is jambalaya in a spring roll.  I think that’s pretty accurate.  They were just awesome.  Our daughter, Morgan, had a turkey club sandwich and gobbled it up.  She is the pickiest of eaters, so the fact she inhaled her sandwich is a compliment to the food at Fatz.  We were very pleasantly surprised at how good everything tasted.  Just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover (or smell).

High marks:  Firecracker sticks and turkey club and poppy seed rolls were excellent

Low marks:  Poppy seed rolls not offered as an appetizer, entrée, or dessert

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Value:  Grade B+:  Excellent quality and enough food to fill up 4 people for $50 makes for an excellent value.  Because we ordered lite menu items and didn’t really hit any big entrees, it’s a little hard to judge portion size, which is the only thing preventing Fatz from nabbing an “A” in this category.

High marks:   Excellent food for low price

Low marks:  Portion size is hard to determine

 

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