Sunday, October 26, 2008

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Fat Sandwich Company

04:00 - Fat Sandwich Company
Fat sandwich company is a late-night fast food joint which has just opened in Champaign. It boasts gigantic greasy sandwiches with everything, and I mean everything inside. Their pride and joy, the BigFatUgly (yes, it's all one word) has 20 ingredients, including cheesesteak, gyro meat, chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, and mac and cheese bites. There are also 4 cheeseburgers inside. It's as big as a football...everything someone looking out for a lot of food, and not their health could ask for. We had to see it for ourselves.
Okay, this sandwich shop is not in my territory of “foods I like to eat” it actually falls into the category of “foods I avoid like the plague.” Just imagine, anything that can be fried up and unhealthy (cheese, chicken fingers, etc) all stuffed into an 8” roll topped with sauce and a couple of handfuls of fries. On the other hand, I do believe in the philosophy of “you cannot go wrong when you fry food...or add bacon to it.” So I am quite certain the Fat Sandwich Company will appeal to your typical college student. We stepped into this crowded shop and our lungs were treated to the smell of fried food, oil and our attitude soured. I wanted to turn around and check out another restaurant, but my inquisitive nature also wanted to see and taste one of these Calorie-dense sandwiches.
I thought that the sandwich was good, and full of fried goodness! Would I return, probably not, but I think that the Fat Sandwich Company is here to stay because I am in the minority when it comes to loving fried goodness in the wee hours of the morning. If someone would have picked up a sandwich from the Fat Sandwich Company for me, I would have thought it was the greatest thing since pre-cooked bacon, or beer with bubbles. I loved the sandwich. The Fat Sorostitute with buffalo chicken bites, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, ranch and fries ($7.25) was an odd, but really good combination. It was all hot and crunchy, and the mozaralla sticks were gooey. Sandwiches here are kind of like the meat parfait in "Friends." If you like everything that goes into the sandwich individually, why not have them all together. But going into this place changed my mind a bit. It was really crowded when we got there, but it thinned out as we waited for food. The vacated tables, shown above were left with food all over them, bottlecaps, coins, beer, and other assorted things strewn about under them. It looked like the scene of a really good frat party. The worst thing though was the air. It was like their ventillation system was the human lung...inhale super oily smokey air, trap some of it inside of you, and exhale clean air...repeat.
I was hungry before we went into the Fat Sandwich Company, but by the time we got our food, I felt like I had inhaled 2 pounds of lard. I wasn't even hungry anymore. To sum it up , sandwich have someone pick it up for you....then run 4 marathons to burn off the calories.

$7.85 plus tax
Total spent - $55.88

Fat Sandwich Company
502 E. John St.
Champaign Il, 61820

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Tracy said...

I would so try that and then be torn between a sense of satisfaction and self-loathing.

Royd said...

I prefer to remain in a state of denial after inhaling one of those. Even the name of some of the sandwiches are meant to make you feel bad about your self if you had to repeat to someone what you just ate. Examples: Fat Milf, Fat Cow, Fat Walk of Shame (my favorite).

Lauren said...

Tracy-i hear you! but you have to try it at least once :)

Royd-hahaha! inhaling? It must have been a good sandwich! What's in the Fat Walk of Shame?