Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fatburger Chili Cheese Fries: An Immovable Feast Turns 3

Three years and 730 posts ago I started this thing just as a fun way to share food pictures with friends - it had gotten to the point where I was sending out emails at least once a week and my friends Phil and Les said "Just put these all in a blog!" So I did.

To celebrate the third anniversary of it, I decided to try something I never have before: Fatburger's chili cheese fries. In scores of meals at Fatburger over the last 15 years, I was always satisfied with either the skinny fries or fat fries. I never felt the need to step it up and add chili and cheese. But this time I did.

Did I like them? Sure. But I didn't find anything special about them. The chili was lacking flavor. In Pasadena I prefer the chili cheese fries at Wolfe Burgers, Top's, Connal's and Original Tommy's. Like many things I try at Fatburger - the eponymous burger, the spicy chicken sandwich, the grilled chicken sandwich - I enjoyed trying something new... but I won't be changing my usual order of a turkey burger and fries.

11 comments:

Nosh Gnostic said...

Happy Birthday!

Stephen said...

Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary! When Fatburger used to be on Arroyo Parkway, years ago, they used to have hard shelled ground beef tacos that were VERY good. During their tenure at Fatburger, I actually preferred them to the very similar ones at Rick's.

Anonymous said...

congrats pp. love the blog. love elizabeth. love tim. love carla. love murph. love tracie. loved all the posts from when you were in NY. love it when you go to olvera street. love the action shots. love when you talk about hanging out at your parents house. love you talking about pasadena. love that u hate tomatoes and avocados even tho i love them both! love your brother making up reality show competitions (or something) love that you carry your own hot sauce in your car. love that you love the lakers. love you talking about watching ucla games with your pops. love your trader joes posts. love your fast food posts. love when elizabeth brings home some of her lunch from work for you. love that when someone shares their plate with you, you always say something like "elizabeth was nice enough to share part of her burger with me." LOVE those pizza grilling parties your friends in culver city throw. love it when you talk about your asian friends (im asian and you remind me of my white high school friends- it's a good thing) loved when you talked about your parents friends from those islands near england feenin for fresh veggies when they visited. love when tracie talks about your balls. love that your dad likes his food plain (meaning without a bunch of sauce, toppings, and what not). love your obscure (to me) literary references. love that u own a 60 inch tv, like a real man. and i love that you post several times a week. i have many more but i think i passed the creepy factor a while ago. anyways, luvs it.

JustinM said...

Nosh: Thanks brother.

Stephen: I remember the Fatburger on Arroyo but I don't remember tacos. But even if I'd seen them, I doubt I would have ordered them.

Anon: I have not been this creeped out by an Asian since B.D. Wong in Father of the Bride. But thanks for the love. I think.

Bryce said...

Congrats. And thanks to Phil and Les--what a great idea!

Jessica said...

Umm...I agree w/Anon. For the most part, I think. I live in Oly, WA & have never sampled Pasadena food. Although I did handle the insurance for a movie co. out of Culver City (Or maybe they just filmed there, it's been a while). I appreciate that your friends like your tasty balls in their mouth. I also appreciate most of your posts & the TJ's reviews ROCK. So does Elizabeth's nail polish!!!

JustinM said...

Bryce: Well, I can't lie: a big part of my excitement was: "Wow I can't wait for Amy to make me Korean food again so I can blog about it. I'm sure it will happen any day now..."

Jessica: I was in Olympia once, but I was about 11 and don't remember anything other than a really cool lightning storm. But thanks for the compliments. You know, I haven't made those balls the real way in a long time. I should do that soon.

Gastronomer said...

To many more years of blogging!

Liz said...

Happy Belated Birthday An Immovable Feast!

Anna A. said...

congrats! You know, my death row meal (not that there is any correlation to death and your blogiversary) would be chili cheese fries. Keep it goin!!

mindful mule said...

Happy 3rd! Thanks for taking the time and effort to create such a fantastic blog. I really enjoy my time spent on these scrolls as it always stimulates my appetite! Here’s to many years to come…