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Fat Patties

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611B S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901-2816
+1 618-529-3287
10:30 am - 12:00 am
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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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Quad Cities, Illinois
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must stop for us when going through southern Illinois. We plan our travels around a stop at Fat Patties! The burgers are nice & juicy with LOTS af toppings to choose from. The cowboy caviar is wonderful. A side which is a mixture of beans, corn, multi colored sweet peppers, onions in a vinaigrette dressing. The Lick... More 

Thank BBQueen52
Kankakee, Illinois
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a rare find! We had a fun time and enjoyed the Great burgers, salads, beers and sodas! We will stop in again.

Thank Catmalone16
Carbondale, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

I had the ruben which had a lot of meat but too much butter on the bread it was dripping fat. The place needs some care . The floors are old and dirty , if they are not going to get replaced then need to be scrubbed and waxed. The area by the door going out the back needs to... More 

Thank TerryL8955
Paris, IL
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188 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We ate here on a Monday evening with a very small crowd. The hamburgers are good but this restaurant is not to be confused with a sit down restaurant. You order at the counter (friendly clerk) and then sit on picnic tables or at the counter inside. Your meal is delivered to your table. Clearing the table is your responsibility.... More 

Thank Barbara and Dav... D
Murphysboro, Illinois
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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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50 reviews
22 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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111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

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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
Takeout, Seating, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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: +1 618-529-3287

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