My fiancee and I tried out Fat Patties last night after an aborted attempt last week due to long wait times. The restaurant has definitely made a splash in Beaufort and after sampling it for dinner, we can certainly understand the hype.
We were told a 40 minute wait this time around but were seated after about 25-30 minutes. Larger parties had longer waits. They do have an outdoor wait area where you can have a beer and relax before being seated. The beer selection at the bar was very extensive, so if you're a fan of craft beers, you'll feel right at home. The overall ambiance of the place is great; the owner spent months renovating a former residence and gave it exposed ceilings and a relatively open floor plan.
The menu is relatively simple. Wide beer selection, a few appetizers, gourmet burgers, bratwursts, and a handful of other items. One nice thing is that burgers are offered either as beef, pork, shrimp, or black bean. We of course chose beef. We started out by having a brie and jelly appetizer - just mediocre in my opinion. However, we didn't want to stuff ourselves before getting our burgers. The burgers came out relatively quickly (especially considering the packed capacity of the restaurant). I had a bleu cheese burger with carmelized onions, lettuce, and tomato; my bride-to-be had the verde burger. Both were cooked perfectly, seasoned appropriately, and reasonably sized (not as big as I expected, but more than enough to satisfy). Complimented with delicious sea-salt fries, it was an outstanding meals.
There were a few drawbacks. Parking is an absolute nightmare in this very small location. If you are coming with a larger group, please be sure to carpool! The server was good and friendly, though both of us added toppings that were not delivered with our food (could be a kitchen error as well). However, both of these drawbacks could certainly be attributed to the newness of the restaurant and do not do enough to dampen the overall experience.
But beyond that, there was very little to complain about, and we went home happy. We will certainly be back, but hopefully with a smaller wait and easier parking!