Regular readers know how much I like guest reviews, especially of places I haven't gotten to yet. Not only has Retired in Elkridge sent us a first look at the new Fatburger in Columbia, but it sounds like he and his wife were the first customers. Shouldn't they have gotten some sort of prize for that? EL
The Columbia/Elkridge Fatburger
opened this morning at 10:30. When my DW [Dear Wife]
and I got there around 11:00 we stepped through the door and the entire staff yelled out something that sounded like "Welcome to Fatburger." Apparently we were the first customers.
That didn't last long as more and more people came in. By the time we finished there was a line waiting to order. Getting back to basics, I ordered the Fatburger with cheese and bacon and Fat Fries (as opposed to Skinny), and my DW ordered the Baby Fatburger with just cheese. ...
Whenever a Fatburger, fries, or a milkshake is ordered, the counter person yells out the order and the grill staff yells it back. I guess they do this in all Fatburger locations, but it was the first for me and made for a nice atmosphere.
We were given a number to put on our table and our drink cups for the self-serve sodas. When you come in the door there is a lane to the left leading to the counter. It frames a seating area. There are more tables to the side and to the rear.
Our order came out after a short wait. Bucky might be interested to know that the relish was not that overpowering, perhaps due to the Tabasco-enhanced ketchup I added.
The burger appeared to have been hand-shaped - somewhat irregular, a good thing. It was cooked somewhat past medium with no visible pink. Don't know if you can order them to your liking, but we weren't asked. Flavor was good though a little dry. Nowhere as greasy as Five Guys. Still good, just different.
Fat Fries are just what they sound like, basically steak fries. They came out hot and not greasy, a little crisp on the outside but smooth inside. I might have liked them a bit more cooked, but that's the way I like my fries -- fried.
We had everybody from the manager on down coming by and asking how things were and if we needed anything. A very friendly group. While we were eating, a reporter and cameraman from Comcast Sports came in, taking shots of the inside and the happy patrons eating. They also interviewed people, asking about the Ravens and the tie-in with Orlando Brown (whom I was told was at some kind of reception there on Saturday).
In all we had a nice lunch. My DW, who likes things more cooked that I do was very happy with her Baby Fatburger and said it was just the right size for her dainty appetite. Definitely will go back. It is a welcome addition to the range of eating establishments. As my DW suggested, they just need a large "Grand Opening" sign out by the highway.
(Photo courtesy of Retired in Elkridge)