Dine N' Dish Review: El Fat Cat Grill
Mexican cuisine...home-cooked style!
There are no shortages of Mexican restaurants in the Tri-Cities; and honestly, they all taste very similar to me. However, there is one place that definitely kicks this food up a couple notches. El Fat Cat Grill is certainly that place. If you’ve never heard of it before, they started as a brick and mortar restaurant but have transformed into one of the best taco trucks trailers in the Tri-Cities.
Beef & Chicken Tacos
There’s nothing better than simple and delicious “taco truck” style beef and chicken tacos. The beef and chicken was cooked perfectly. Both were tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Also, these tacos were topped with shredded lettuce, radishes, and limes. The limes are definitely what help set off the flavor. If you’ve never squeezed a little lime onto your tacos, you are missing out.
Lengua & Barbacoa Tacos
When I was growing up, I was a hamburger, pizza, and hot dog kind of kid. You couldn’t have gotten me to try anything remotely close to “tongue” and “cheek.” These past few years, I have been broadening my horizons a little.
If you’ve never had lengua (tongue) or barbacoa (cheek), I highly recommend you try it. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of tongue. It’s not my favorite. However, El Fat Cat does it very, very well. However, barbacoa (cheek) is absolutely delicious. Both are different types of meat that you will.
[Patty] Here’s the thing, we like to eat it only at mom’s, because mom knows how to do it best, but after trying Felix’s version of Mexican lengua (yes, it’s translated to tongue, you’re missing out if you haven’t tried it) seems momma has a serious contender. We used to say we only eat lengua at mom’s but honestly, that won’t be the case anymore. Sorry Mom. Now I think it’s time to stop reading this and head on over and try some of this Mexican deliciousness. Seriously, where else can you find quality & authentic Mexican food as reasonably priced as Elfatcat Grill? Didn’t think so. ;)
Mole Mole Fettucini
(This was the Weekly Feature when we visited)
I’ve eaten plenty of fettuccini in my time. But, I’ve never had Mole Mole. And, I would never even conceive of combining the two. Normally, you would expect to find Fettucini at an Italian restaurant. Well, at El Fat Cat, they have fused the Mexican with the Italian and made an incredibly delicious meal. For such a simple dish, there was more flavor than I would have expected and I would definitely order this over and over.
[Tino] Being a traditional mexican dish, Mole is a very popular one. I've learned that people from various regions of Mexico make it slightly different from one another; some make it a little spicy, while others make it a little sweeter.
Mole being my most favorite home cooked Mexican meal, you better believe I am going to be quite particular about it. I'd have to say that Fat Cat Grill's Mole was right up there with the Mole that mom cooked while growing up. It had just enough spice to give it that mexican flavor, but was also balanced very well with the sweet taste of it. I would have to say it was one of the best dishes of Mole I had eaten at a restaurant!
The Triple Threat is one of the best sandwiches in the Tri-Cities. When is the last time you’ve seen a solid sandwich on a Mexican restaurant’s menu? The “triple threat” comes from the combination of grilled adobada pork, ham, and bacon. They top this sandwich with sauteed onions and mozzarella cheese and serve it on a toasted torta bun. You cannot beat this sandwich. It is one of the best tasting and best valued sandwiches you will find.
Let’s cut to the chase with all of this. I love El Fat Cat for many reasons. One of the best reasons is they prepare everything as fresh as possible. This includes all of their sauces and salsas. You will not find better salsas and more unique sauces at any other restaurant in the Tri-Cities. This is what helps to really separate the food from other restaurants. When you find yourself near their current location, on Edison Street in Kennewick across from Kamiakin, you need to stop by and try their food.
They even have a High School Student discounted menu, as well as a different Special Weekly Feature...every week! Trust us, you'll want to add them to your list of favorite places to eat in Tri-Cities!
For more information, location and menu, visit El Fat Cat Grill.