Fat Shack brings everything fried to Plano

Tom Armenti opened his first big cabin location in 2010 in New Jersey with $5,000 and the scullery of a bagel shop. Since then, with a little help from shark tank and Dallas‘ own Mark Cuban, Fat Shack has expanded to 28 locations across the United States. One of them is in Plano.

If you’re wondering where the name “Fat Shack” comes from, don’t hesitate. You will no longer have to ask yourself the question.

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Fat Shack was a concept that was based on shark tank. Thanks Cubes!

Anisha Holla

The self-fulfilling prophecy of a name begins with appetizers. Breaded mac and cheese bites ($8.25), mozzarella sticks ($8.25), onion rings ($4.95) and chicken fingers ($11.25) are just some of the fried products that you will find among the starters. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, opt for the Munchie Madness Platter ($18.25), a sharing plate that includes all four. All appetizers are served with Fat Shack’s specialty dips, which include Buffalo Ranch, Marinara and Honey Mustard.

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Mac and cheese bites

Anisha Holla

Don’t overfill the appetizers, though. Fat sandwiches are Fat Shack’s real selling point. As the name suggests, the sandwiches here are stuffed to the brim, from jalapeño poppers to mozzarella sticks to chicken fingers. Try the special Fat Shack sandwich, a buttered and grilled roll filled with cheesesteak, chicken fingers, jalapeño peppers, mozzarella sticks, fries and onion rings, topped with a generous drizzle of mustard honey and jalapeño. It’s no surprise that this menu item has become a favorite among Fat Shack fans.

If you’re looking for something lighter, go for the Fat Veggie, which has mozzarella sticks, fries, and onion rings. The sandwiches start at over $10 and 1,000 calories. What were you waiting for?

The fast-casual eatery also sells other diets, including burgers, cheesesteaks, and chicken wings. Try a single, double or triple burger or a plate of six, 12 or 24 wings. You are free (perhaps encouraged) to make your experience here as fat as you want.

Click to enlarge Bites of fried cheesecake (left), Oreos (center) and Twinkies (right).  - ANISHA HOLLA

Bites of fried cheesecake (left), Oreos (center) and Twinkies (right).

Anisha Holla

While you’ll likely find yourself full after a starter and main course, we suggest saving room for dessert. Fat Shack’s deep-fried American classics range from Oreos to chocolate chip cookies. Don’t miss the fan-favorite cheesecake bites, which come in servings of three ($5.50) or five ($7.75) and feature a crispy fried exterior stuffed with a creamy cheesecake filling . Another American classic is the Fried Twinkie ($2.95), which comes with a battered outer layer to enclose the sweet vanilla Twinkie inside.

Fat Shack is open for late-night cravings (until 3 a.m.) on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fat Shack, 6205 Coit Road (Plano) 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday

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