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Size Matters

Well as it turns out, Fatboys Gourmet Grill (4115 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-568-5004) has confirmed what I've long -- and I do mean long -- believed: Size does matter. In fact, this burger-and-dog joint, which has its origins in the Jersey shore, takes that credo as its slogan, presenting tasty items like "The Big One," a double cheeseburger that requires an awfully big mouth to take a bite. But that's nothing compared to the specialty of the house: a hot dog done "Fatboy" style, which means it's served on a fresh-baked hoagie roll with French fries underneath and a liberal topping of homemade chili, freshly sautéed onions, and melted cheddar cheese. Indeed, you can get any of the sandwiches or side dishes done with the chili/onion/cheese combo -- and if you've never had onion rings, sweet potato French fries, or "corn on da cob" the way Fatboys does them, then you're probably a thin boy. Not to mention a deprived one.
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Jen Karetnick is an award-winning dining critic, food-travel writer, and author of the books Ice Cube Tray Recipes, Mango, and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami.
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