Being from the northern part of the stay (way north!), I grew up more familiar with neighboring Ohio and Pennsylvania, rather than the southern part of West Virginia. I'm still learning Charleston, but I really wanted to check out Huntington recently because I had NEVER been there. So, a daytrip it was.
I wanted to do the typical Huntington stuff - like visit Marshall. We walked around campus a bit - which is quite flat and green - and I saw the statue and the fountain. Lovely little campus.
We also went to Ritter Park, which is this expansive stretch of grass with people walking their dogs, kids playing in the park, skateboarding - just an amazing community area. I wish we had one. We also went around up top to see the rose garden. Fun fact: My middle name is rose. So, yes, I was happy with the roses. Gorgeous and just absolutely incredible.
The very first restaurant we stopped at was Fat Patty's. I've consistently been told by my Marshall friends that Fat Patty's is THE restaurant in town for the Marshall kids. And it is right in town. It seems as though it's an institution of sorts. When I think of Huntington restaurants, Fat Patty's is the first thought.
First off, it's weird seeing a restaurant decked out in Marshall colors. Just. Weird.
But we sat down and browsed the menu. I like to try a place's signature dish - because, hey, it's the signature for a reason, right?
The Patty Burger was it. I got a lot of recommendations for other ones, but I figured this could be the benchmark. It's two 5 oz. beef patties, cheese, bacon, tomato, onion, lettuce and mayo. I also got a side of fries.
My first thought?
Um, I'm going to go into cardiac arrest here at this table.
Huge burger. Huuuge burger and toppling with veggies and condiments. Just wow. The meat was sizzling hot, excellent blend of flavors, and they don't skimp on the toppings.
The fries have that perfectly crisp and battered coating. Just sickeningly good.
Pretty good burger. And it's one of those spots you gotta try.
I left with a full tummy - and leftovers - and money left in my wallet. Pretty good, if you ask me.