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Fat Patties

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611B S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2816
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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Murphysboro, Illinois
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place where college students go for burgers and beer. The burgers are great, as are the homemade potato chips, and the fried corn nuggets. You can pick and choose from many types and toppings for the burgers, and they have a good veggie burger, too. The biggest problem is the atmosphere (for non-students). The seating is at... More 

Thank Johanna H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

This was the best burger I have ever had! Although the place is small and doesn't fit many, it is worth the wait to get a seat. Apparently they do a great job with take-out and also delivery. That would take away from the back yard ambiance of eating in so I would not recommend it. I do recommend Fat... More 

Thank David M
Danville, Illinois
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Had a bleu cheese burger here and it was great!! It has avery neat atmosphere in it with mismatched chairs and games to play while you eat! The cowboy caviar is awesome!

Thank Rhonda W
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Restaurant had no air conditioning. Burgers tasted like they used frozen patties. Expensive considering the burger included no sides. Maybe it's just part of the culture of being a college student to go there, but I think the food is terrible and your money would be better spent elsewhere.

Thank Denise Y
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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106 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

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 

Thank ggonthebike
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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72 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?