by Angie Kay Dilmore
Fat Pat’s Bar and Grill has been an institution in Lafayette since 2007. The original owners have two locations in Lafayette, and one in both Carencro and Alexandria. Franchise owner Jesse Fontenot has a location in Broussard and his second is slated to open this fall in Lake Charles. (Lucky us!)
Family-owned and operated with a family-friendly menu, this popular sports bar/restaurant specializes in a distinctive selection of burgers (including some you may not be familiar with, such as peanut butter bacon) and hot dogs (a muffuletta dog?) Named for one of their earlier cooks, they also offer a few appetizers, a handful of salads, a select variety of entrees, sandwiches, wraps, and daily specials. Fontenot says their most popular menu items include the Classic Burger, the Chili Cheese Coney, Shrimp Wrap, and Asian Tuna Salad. Fat Pat’s is also regionally famous for their decadent shakes. Their “tipsy” shakes are made with Coke Vodka.
Fontenot says Fat Pat’s unique variety of burgers, dogs, and wraps, partnered with the coldest draft beer around is what makes them special and different from other burger joints. “Most importantly though, is our loyalty to our customers,” he adds. “We strive to provide the best experience we possibly can. We feel blessed to join the Lake Charles family and look forward to serving the community. We know it’s been a rough year and we’re excited for the opportunity to help Lake Charles heal and get back to normal.”
The Lake Charles franchise will be located at Dillard Loop off Hwy. 14. Outdoor seating will be available. Meanwhile, follow them on Facebook for updates. @FatPatsLC.