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Fat Patties

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611B S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2816
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 12:00 am
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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wasn't sure what to expect upon arriving at Fat Patties with a bunch of colleagues -- seemed like a classic college town dive burger joint. Well, it had all the great qualities of a dive burger joint -- and outstanding food! There is a great variety of burgers, salads, toppings, and of course adult beverages. The burgers were great, and... More 

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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three of us cycling Eastbound on the TransAmerica route stopped here today for lunch after a long day of cycling. We were excited to find a burger joint open on a Sunday, especially a local one with lots of character. Owner Lance greeted us warmly and explained the menu to us. I was so happy to see they support their... More 

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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

I was travelling with my family in Illinois and we've arrived in Carbondale, a small university town. We've found this restaurant and we've decided to eat here for dinner. It was a good idea. The burgers here are so tasty and the staff is very friendly! While you wait for your order, you can have a game of pinball.

Thank Matei1
Carbondale, Illinois
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82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I decided to try this place out on recommendation of several friends who love the place. When I first walked in the place felt overall dirty and cluttered. They also had weird table seating where during busy times you have to share a table with people you don't even know. The worst was I wanted a plain hamburger with nothing... More 

Thank JReece2005
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67 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

I decided to try out Fat Patties twice in the past three weeks, and I have to admit that I really really wanted to like this place. It's located on "The Strip" in Carbondale, and since it's a college town, you should expect the food establishments to more or less cater to college kids on limited budgets. First, the terrific... More 

Thank BobbyLoves2Travel
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Went to get burgers for the family when we were waiting for a new baby in the family. They were very expensive for a burger joint and had a very long wait. Wouldnt ever go back.

Thank NurseWindy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I have eaten at most of the restaurants in southern Illinois and this is hands down my favorite! Tons of options, always fresh and local, and delicious.

Thank Linley T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Fat Patties is not the largest place you'll go to, and the seating is at picnic tables, but the menu is extensive and they pride themselves in their meats - locally harvested when possible. Check out the menu on-line if possible beforehand (fat-patties.net) so you can be ready to order, or order on-line. Once you step inside (menu on chalkboard)... More 

Thank 800lms
Chester, Illinois
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

I loved this place in college! I'm a vegetarian now but I still love it! Their homemade veggie burgers are so good! Love the homemade chips and chipotle mayo! Good crispy fries. It can take awhile to get your food but it's worth it!

Thank missknowles5
Murphysboro, Illinois
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This is a hole-in-the-wall diner on the main drag through Carbondale. There is a good selection of sandwiches, all freshly made.

Thank Dochoch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 611B S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2816
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Carbondale
  • Phone Number: 618-529-3287

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?