Serious yum in Beaufort and Bluffton, South Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Driving five hours for French fries sounds insane, especially when the place you’re driving from is the Southern culinary extravaganza that is Atlanta, Ga. But if Fat Patties is the destination, then call shot-gun.
Before getting all indignant and sitting down to draft a letter of complaint about what you think may be a derogatory name, note that this is a burger joint—so the patty being referenced is comprised of each diners’ choice of grass-fed beef, beef and bacon, chicken breast, American shrimp, ground turkey, or black beans (and not a large person named Pat).
The patties are a generous eight-ounces, cooked to perfection, presented on a house-baked bun and available in 13 different creative versions. For example, “Thai Me Up” patties are topped with vegetables, coconut red curry sauce, and fresh basil (an excellent combo on a shrimp burger!); “Frenchie” layers on brie, rosemary mustard, crisp apples, and caramelized onions; “Virginia V” burgers are topped with pimento cheese, thick cut bacon, slaw, and garlic may; “Who’s Your Pattie” piles on pulled pork, cider barbecue sauce, bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, pickles, and slaw. You can also build-your-own, choosing a topping combination from among 35 ingredient and 23 sauce options, including standards like American cheese, red onion, and mushrooms as well as surprises like fried mozzarella, potato chips, fried oysters, and mango bean salsa.
The menu also features brats made by Hunter Cattle Farms in Brooklet, Georgia. Five topping combinations are recommended, but you can also build-your-own choosing among the same options list.
Of course, great burgers and brats deserve great beer and the restaurant is on a mission to feature American craft beers. Taps change frequently but among the 19 drafts at least six spots are reserved for Southeastern breweries from Charleston to Atlanta.
Snacks and sides include flash-fried Deviled Shrimp with chili lime pepper jelly and cool ranch dressing—and, yes, you want to order that dish. There’s also a play on nachos featuring house-made potato chips, blue cheese and hot sauce; warm pimento beer cheese dip with garlic toast points and house-made chips; salads and, of course, the worth-the-trip French fries.
Those fries? They’re hand-cut, cooked to crispy-yet-tender perfection and seasoned with rosemary and sea salt. Trust me, you’ll be dreaming of them months later. They are simply the best.
Don’t skip the fries, but save room for dessert.
Hand-crafted ice cream comes in a range of unexpected flavors such as peanut butter and jelly, maple bacon pancake, coffee donut, buttermilk lemon blueberry and more. Burnt marshmallow—a personal favorite—will have you rethinking how you want to wield your stick next time you’re seated near a campfire making s’mores.
Fat Patties is just one reason to love South Carolina’s Lowcountry region.
Fat Patties – Beaufort
831 Parris Island Gateway
Port Royal, SC 29906
Fat Patties – Bluffton
Old Town Bluffton, SC
207 Bluffton Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
-Photo Credits: 1st and last 3 images courtesy Fat Patties, middle 2 © HSP Media LLC
Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. A version of this article was first published in 2013. After a positive first experience when I was introduced to the restaurant by a friend who footed the bill, my husband and I paid for our own dining experience at the Bluffton location in October 2019.