Fat Cat Restaurant
24 Chestnut St.
Quincy, MA 02169
The Fat Cat is located just off of Quincy Center. Fat Cat doesn’t take reservations and they won’t seat you until your entire party has arrived. We showed up at 8 PM on a Saturday night with our party of 2 and the wait for a table was 30-45 minutes. The interior of Fat Cat is kind of small with the room divided down the middle by a half-height wall to split the room into a bar side and a dining room side. The decor is casual and industrial-chic, with visible heating ducts, wooden beams, and exposed brick walls. Fat Cat feels like it would be right at home in Cambridge or the South End.
We waited in the bar area which takes up the entire length of one side of the restaurant. My husband was happy as a clam with the sitting at the bar situation since they were playing the Sox game on the flat screens hanging over the bar. The bar itself is stylin’ with an off-white mock-crocodile bar top. We ordered a couple of drinks…All of Fat Cat’s specialty cocktails have cat-themed names. I got the Pink Panther which was one of their house special cocktails. It was sweet, but strong. We ordered some calamari at the bar while we waited for our table. The calamari came in a paper cone and lightly fried and tossed with lightly fried cherry peppers and black olive slices. It was served with a slightly spicy remoulade. In the past we’ve also gotten the fried dill pickle appetizer which was very unique and tasty…dill pickle slices lightly battered and fried and served with a dipping sauce.
At last our table was ready and we moved into the dining room side of the space. The dining room is separated from the bar by a half-height wall. The dining area has 2 rows of tables, one lining the half wall and the other lining an exposed brick wall.
The Fat Cat menu is loaded with upscale comfort food. There are options such as burgers, sandwiches, nachos, pastas, steaks, and fish & chips.
I ordered the 5 cheese Mac & cheese with lobster ($18). It was a huge serving with cavatappi pasta baked with lobster chunks and a creamy cheese sauce–all topped off with some marinated tomato slices. The dish was very rich and filling. I could barely finish half of it and I felt like I over did it at that. There was plenty left to take home for lunch the next day.
My husband ordered the Grain Special for the night, which was penne pasta in a basil cream sauce with marinated tomatoes, lobster, shrimp, and scallops. He liked it but said it needed a little more salt. His pasta was also very generously portioned and he had some to take home as well. They also had a special that night of a steak topped with foie gras and I tried to convince him to get that, but he couldn’t be swayed from the pasta. Oh well, I can’t win every time.
rating: 4 out of 5 mangoes