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“Genuine Barbeque”
Review of Fat Jacks Barbecue

Fat Jacks Barbecue
Ranked #5 of 44 Restaurants in Monona
Price range: $8 - $17
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Monona, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Genuine Barbeque”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

The smokehouse is right out back, and during the day the pleasant smell wafts across Monona Drive. Prices are very reasonable for authentic BBQ. If you are looking for a good salad bar, there are better places in town, Fat Jack's offers great pleasure for the carnivore. Service is friendly and attentive, and the weekly specials are indeed special. Baby back ribs are the most expensive item on the menu at $23, but I recommend them completely. Casual family dining with a homey touch. Lots of Wisconsin-themed displays on the walls and in the booths.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Tasty Food, Great Service”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Starting looking for a Fish Fry and saw Fat Jacks. Great decision to change gears. Server Talia was friendly and informative. "You've got to get the cheese curds"! Boy, was she right-Best we've ever had, and that says a lot. Not "pre-fab" and super light. Wings were also tasty. Servings were so generous for appetizers, we opted to share a rack of ribs for entree. They were fall-off-the-bone delicious with just the right amount of sauce. The coleslaw with apple was fresh and bright. Icy cold Capitol Amber on tap was the perfect accompaniment. Will definitely go back to enjoy this low key spot with great prices and delicious food.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank kitsuanddate
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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Over 20 years - we keep coming back!”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We live almost 2 hours away, yet we get back to Fat Jacks about 5-6 times a year and we've been going there over 20 years. We travel to Madison for the Badger hockey games and we found Fat Jacks when the Badgers played in the Coliseum. Over the years we chose our favorites and no longer need a menu to order. The ribs are the best we've had anywhere in the country. Whenever we try ribs at another restaurant, we always measure them up to Fat Jacks and we have never found any better. I love the baby back ribs. They are meaty, never fatty, tender, have a wonderful smokey flavor and a delicious sauce. Husband always orders the Saturday special, Tennessee back ribs. He likes them "dry" with the sauce on the side. There are also mild and hot sauces on the table. We always order a little more than we can eat so that we can take some home and stretch out the great experience. The salad bar is very good and fresh. For sides, I order the baked beans (yum) and hubby likes the rice and bean. There are also fries. And I love the garlic toast (usually snatch some of hubby's).
If you are going to return, be sure to get a loyalty card and earn $ off a future visit.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Terry C
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Sussex, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friendly service, OK food, worst beans ever”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

Our waitress was friendly. The BBQ beef and pork were good, the grilled drumstick was moist and flavorful, the grilled chicken breast was dry and flavorless. Only two BBQ sauces to choose from (sweet or spicy). The worst beans ever ... especially for a BBQ joint! They were bland and mushy, and indistinguishable from Campbell's pork and beans from a can. How can a BBQ place not have amazing beans? The menu called them "pit beans", and they truly were the pits. Fats Jacks is definitely not a BBQ destination. It's OK if you're in the neighborhood, but there are just too many good BBQ places out there that are worth going to, that we won't be coming back here.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank WItraveller12
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Good food and close to the belt line”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stopped on a Sunday evening. There were several families having dinner. Although the greeter was not too happy with her job, our server was outstandingly friendly, knowledgeable and fast. We had the eat all you can BBQ chicken (special), and a meat platter. The chicken was average for BBQ food. It had a good smoked flavor but was not as juicy as I might have expected. The other meats were better especially the St. Louis ribs and the pulled pork. The ribs have their own sweet sauce on them, whereas three other sauces are available to try for the other food. The hotter BBQ sauce was well spiced but perhaps overly peppered. There was a salad bar with the meat platter, with an average assortment or potato salad, chopped veggies, cottage cheese etc. I would recommend the ribs and the pulled pork. The atmosphere was quite lively and clearly family friendly.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Martin R
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