Fat Cat Bar & Grill is bar meals elevated
Even in a pandemic, eating places are opening so quick in Reno it appears unimaginable to maintain up. That’s the one excuse I’ve for why it has taken me so lengthy to lastly sit down for a meal at Fat Cat Bar & Grill, a Tahoe City staple that put down roots in Midtown in May 2019. Surviving each the South Virginia Street development mission and a world pandemic that briefly shuttered the eatery’s doorways, Fat Cat is nonetheless turning out mouth-watering meals that may pull in a crowd (however not too massive of a crowd—security first in any case).
From mid-week lunches to secure weekend socializing, Fat Cat appears like a Midtown staple. Right there on South Virginia Street, the eatery provides up indoor seating with a storage door opening onto the expansive, enclosed patio outfitted with umbrellas for when it’s sunny and heaters for when it will get chilly. Every inch of the place seems immaculate. The full bar is the centerpiece, accessible via a lengthy entrance entrance.
The menu right here mimics the unique. With sandwiches, appetizers and a few seafood specials, it reads a little like a hipster BBQ joint with meal choices that cater to each food plan, however the true draw is the burgers. These aren’t simply any burgers.
It took some debating earlier than I settled on the Newport Burger, a Bently Ranch Meats all-natural grass-fed beef patty served with arugula, tomato, onions, smoked gouda and caramelized honeycrisp apples that supply a candy chunk. At the tip, the burger is doused in a balsamic glaze. The consequence is a surprisingly gentle burger packed with complicated flavors that concurrently provides up smoky and saccharine tastes. It’s served with common fries, candy potato fries or Fat Cat Fries (that includes your alternative of garlic parmesan, gorgonzola mushroom or chili cheese).
The balsamic glaze on this burger makes it a little messy, so I like to recommend grabbing a serviette and leaving the white denims at residence. But, it actually is surprisingly contemporary tasting—no grease dripping out of your fingertips right here. And, it’s large enough to share for those who didn’t deliver a hearty urge for food, which helps clarify the bigger price ticket (burgers hit across the $15-$25 vary). These burgers are HUGE, towering creations made with solely the very best, most native substances. And they arrive cooked 3 ways—pink, pink or no pink.
If you’re in search of an appetizer to accompany your meal, think about the Buffalo Man ‘n Cheese Balls. The mac and cheese balls are huge—nearly the size of a baseball each—breaded and deep fried and served with sriracha ranch. Inside they are packed with mac ‘n cheese and buffalo chicken. The menu states these bad boys are spicy, but as someone who can’t deal with a lot warmth, I’ve to disagree. The solely spice I tasted was on the dipping sauce (which will be substituted for normal ranch if most popular).
The family-friendly eatery could come with a powerful listing of craft cocktails, that includes drinks with intelligent cat-themed monikers (and $5 Frisky Kittys all-day on Fridays), but it surely additionally provides a child’s menu stuffed with American staples, a small dessert menu and hearty meals for full appetites together with N.Y. Strip and a keto-approved Garlic Parmesan Salmon, which suggests you’ll be able to deliver nearly anybody for a meal right here.
I imply it after I say this is elevated bar meals. That’s as a result of it’s all of the basic consolation meals you crave with gourmand touches that supply a extra strong taste profile. And the touches contained in the restaurant mimic that very same enchantment, with fabric napkins and steak knives on each desk and considerably upscale décor.
Other specialties embrace Crawfish Mac ‘n Cheese, Blackened Ahi, a Kale Caesar and Paleo Bowl.
Visit: 1401 S. Virginia Street, Reno
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.