Address: 41 Virginia Pl / Allentown / Downtown | (716) 887-2971
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-12:00am, Sunday 1:00pm-10:00pm
Tired of the pizza scene, I wasn’t looking to get fat but I was looking for some quality take-out. Since I was going to be in the area I thought of Fat Bob’s Smokehouse. I’ve been there a couple times over the years to eat-in, but not take-out. I was happy to see they have a complete menu on their website and an online order function, or you can call 887-2971.
I haven’t done many to-go reviews, and frankly it feels a little like cheating. Not really much of a “step out” but it is a growing part of real life so here we go.
Fat Bob’s, located at 41 Virginia Place in Buffalo (just down from Mothers) is a bar on one side with a dining area on the other. They’ve been around for some time, and generally get good reviews from the BBQ aficionados, but the subject of “barbeque” can be as cantankerous as religion and politics- more so down south. They have an extensive menu and most everything is made or smoked on-site.
I ordered a half rack of the St. Louis Pork Ribs ($14.99), the Sliced Angus Beef Brisket ($13.99) and a Memphis Pulled Pork sandwich ($7.99). Sandwiches come with one side, entrees and combos come with two. We got the hand-cut sweet potato fries (3 orders), coleslaw and Mac ‘N’ Cheese.
In truth any takeout review will be a bit tainted. It was probably over an hour before the food actually hit the table. Few items are going to taste that good after sitting around that long. Even pizza looses a little zest in time. However, I was pleasantly surprised how well this food traveled. The pulled pork was in a container separate from the bun – nice move. I threw the fries in a hot over for a few minutes, nuked the Mac, touched up the meat a fraction, and we were good to go. The only item that struggled a little was the brisket.
The fries are more like wedges. Fat Bob’s included packets of honey in the bag, but the fries are so sweet it really isn’t necessary. They were plentiful too. If I’d been thinking I would have tried the corn bread, potato salad or hush puppies. The ribs were outstanding. A great crust, nice smoky flavor and mouth-watering tender. As good as I have had in these parts. Mac ‘n’ cheese and coleslaws were both good. Pulled pork sandwich was good, but nothing to write home about.
Overall I was very happy with my food. They have a long list of items I’d like to try in-house; not sure how well they would travel- Spice Rubbed Blackened Catfish 16.49; Creole Smoked Meatloaf Covered with Hot Cajun Gravy 10.99; The Memphis Burger 8 oz. Burger topped with Pulled Pork, Bacon, Jalapeno, melted Cheddar Jack 10.99; to name just a few.
If you are dining in, the website lists about sixty different beers. Most of the interesting beers are in the bottle- Ocar Blues Dales Pale Ale; Sam Smith Taddy Porter Stone Arrogant Bastard; Chimay Rouge; Troegs Java Head ; Dog Fish 90 min; Unibroue La Fin Du Monde.
Fat Bob’s is open seven days a week, lunch on weekdays. The bar has several TV’s if you’re looking for a place to watch the game, and I’m told they have a great patio when the weather turns. They also have live music and drink specials regularly.
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