Fat Lou's

Last Activity: May 4th, 2015

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Fat Lou's Hallandale Beach


3153 W Hallandale Beach Blvd
Pembroke Park, FL 33009
(954) 987-5700
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Critic's Rating

Last Review: 01/30/13


Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate Lot
CCYes AlcoholBeer & Wine Only
Entree PricesInexpensive OutdoorYes
ReservationsNo DeliveryYes

Critic's Review

When you want a Chicago Dog in Broward, I was told, you go to Fat Lou's. It's in Pembroke Park, so I figured it was all the way out near Weston; but it's actually just west of 95. About as far as Cheetah's. They have an extensive menu, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Inside it looks like a sandwich shop trying to be a sports bar; lots of Chicago stuff and a big long counter with 2 young girls in charge. The setup here is odd; if you eat in there's "waitress" service, so you can't really eat in without feeling obligated to tip.

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Fat Lou's Counter

I've never been to a Chicago sandwich shop, so I can't say if it's authentic. They have 5 TVs but only 1 of them is turned on. The table tops have pictures of Wrigley Field.

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Fat Lou's Interior

I considered ordering the jumbo Chicago dog, but decided on the regular one. I also ordered an Italian Sausage sandwich with sweet peppers. The counterperson asked if I wanted the grilled onions; of course, and if I wanted au jus. I thought that was odd; sausage comes with au jus? No Thanks.>

The wait was ridiculous. It took 20 minutes to make a hot dog and sausage. There were 3 people in the place, and no other takes outs for the entire time I was waiting. When it was ready, they asked if I wanted napkins; "Yes those would be handy", I wondered why they had to ask if you wanted napkins with 2 rather messy sandwiches.

I opened the container in the car; she didn't give me any napkins. Great. Looking at the hot dog, I got a bit ticked.

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Fat Lou's Chicago Dog

An "authentic" Chicago place that puts jalapenos on a Chicago dog? Good grief. And a not-so-ripe tomato too. I don't like jalapenos on a hot dog, so this was only half of what I was hoping for. You can't have a Chicago Dog without sport peppers.

The Italian Sausage Sandwich was kind of insulting.

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Fat Lou's Italian Sausage

This is $8.50? Why? It's a small, well done sausauge, no red peppers. Are green peppers really considered sweet? And the peppers were old; not freshly grilled. It wasn't a bad tasting sandwich, but this is a $5.95 sandwich. No way this is worth $8.50. The price on their web site is $7.50. Usually you raise prices to maintain good quality.

There's no point going out of your way for this place. There's nothing to see here.

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This was done by the new owner that purchased the place from the original Lou. When the original owner had it the food was awesome and authentic.
Actually it wasn't. Fat Lou's was sold in Sept 2014. The review was WELL before it was sold to the current owners.