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Fat Sam's Sub Station

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1154 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-5236
205-252-2300
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
One of the best sandwiches in town

It's not fancy, but the food is delicious. Regulars to Fat Sam's aren't there for the décor; they are there to EAT. The food is made fresh, and everything I've ever had is delicious. My favorite is the foot-long chicken philly. Sam makes his fries fresh right there before your very eyes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It's not fancy, but the food is delicious. Regulars to Fat Sam's aren't there for the décor; they are there to EAT. The food is made fresh, and everything I've ever had is delicious. My favorite is the foot-long chicken philly. Sam makes his fries fresh right there before your very eyes.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nothing special just good home style cooking if you want something more don't go, this is like being at home décor is again like your house food just like you would cook it price and value is excellent owner sam cooks with a passion try it even open for breakfast

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Rainbow City, AL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Was treated to lunch by a colleague at local sandwich shop that one of his favorites, a reall "hole in the wall" near the campus. The atmosphere is one of hang out for the college students, food is tasty and large servings for the price. I got the Son of Italian with fries. Great sub, loved the fries as well.... More 

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Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Went for lunch, great sandwiches. One of those hole-in-the-wall type places that has really good food. I will definitely go back.

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Birmingham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Had a chance to check out Fat Sam's today since the reviews were so positive. However, I must say I was totally disappointed. It's so hard to find a good philly cheesesteak in Birmingham and I really thought I had found the perfect spot. But I must say this was not what I expected at all. I ordered a philly... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I decided to visit this place for breakfast before class. Since I have been a native of Birmingham and aware of this place being here for years, I decided to give it a shot. Bad idea. This place is filthy on the inside. There is only one person working so I'm Assuming that he does not have a lot of... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

Fat Sam's is a local shop, not a chain. That being said, I much prefer the sandwiches at Fat Sam's to those at the chain sandwich shops around town. My personal favorite is the chicken philly (they also have the traditional steak philly sandwich), but I've tried many different things on the menu, and I have never been disappointed. Usually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

I loved my Philly and my husband loved his reuben. He got a bag of chips with his and mine came with fresh cut French fries. This plus two drinks was $16. Would definitely go back if in the neighborhood. It is a hole in the wall place with plenty of character and characters!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

I've been a B'ham resident for 25 years and a Fat Sam's customer for 5 years. Nothing better when you're looking for a sandwich shop, no matter what craving you have. Philly is the only one in town that my Philly native friend will eat (he's a picky chief but that doesn't stop him here). My personal favorite is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

What a nice place to spend your lunch hour, unless you've got the afternoon to spend here, too! The sandwiches offered are one-of-a-kind, and the meat and cheese is sliced right in front of you, so you know you're getting the freshest of fresh. Oh yeah, they even slice your french fries straight from a potato for you.... you ain't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1154 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-5236
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: 205-252-2300
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm

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