Review Category : Lunch Bunch

‘Quality is the most important ingredient in a sandwich’ at Groucho’s Deli

By Pamela Brownstein

The Lunch Bunch was excited to once again dine at Groucho’s Deli on Lady’s Island. After eating here right after it opened in March, we wanted to make sure the sandwiches and salads that make the franchise so popular throughout

Grilled chicken salad

Grilled chicken salad

the state were as good as we remembered. (And the verdict? They were just as good, maybe even better!)

Reuben variation

Reuben variation

Nikki chose the Apollo Dipper — a fat sub roll stuffed with hot ham, turkey and Swiss cheese melted together — and she said it was out of this world.

Kim Harding was really pleased with her Reuben Variation, which includes extra lean pastrami, melted Muenster cheese, heated Sauerkraut and German mustard on rye bread.

Elizabeth and Irene both ordered the Mid East Special, and it looked pretty awesome, piled high with bologna, provolone cheese, salami and lean pastrami on top, with oil and vinegar dressing and served hot. All the sandwiches at Groucho’s come in a little red basket, and I’m pretty sure both ladies had empty baskets by the end of the meal because it was so tasty.

Kim Turner tried the Baby Sub, the “original” Groucho’s sub served hot with salami, bologna, provolone cheese

The Baby Sub

The Baby Sub

melted, a herb slaw center topped by a generous portion of lean ham on a sub roll. She said this “baby” was yummy.

Mid East Special

Mid East Special

When you’re hungry, like I was, all the sandwiches sound good — I felt like a kid in a candy store staring at all the options — so at the server’s suggestion, I ordered the STP Dipper. This special blend of roast beef, turkey and real bacon crumbs is served on a sub roll with Swiss cheese melted on top and your choice of Formula 45 or Danish Bleu sauce. The roll was so soft, and all the meat and cheese was warm and melty, it was easy to see why this is one of their most popular sandwiches.

For those counting calories or looking for fewer carbs, Groucho’s features more than 10 kinds of salad. April made a healthy choice with the grilled chicken salad — chopped lettuce, tomato and cucumber topped with grilled chicken strips marinated in Groucho’s Famous 95 Dressing.

Kudos to local owner Patrick Ragsdale for the success of his Beaufort location.

Groucho’s Deli in Beaufort is located at 81 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29907. Call 843-524-4545 for takeout and catering or visit www.grouchos.com.

STP Dipper

STP Dipper

Welcome to Groucho's Deli on Lady's Island!

Welcome to Groucho’s Deli on Lady’s Island!

 

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No, don’t tell me you’ve never experienced the authentic Thai food at Yes! Thai Indeed

By Pamela Brownstein

No, I am not lying, it is such a pleasure to dine at the little locally owned restaurant, Yes! Thai Indeed. And, yes, perhaps I am biased because I love food that is expertly prepared and beautifully presented. I also

Thai iced tea

Thai iced tea

appreciate the friendly staff and the lovely atmosphere and that every time I eat here the meal is awesome. And this time was no exception.

Seafood Basil

Seafood Basil

The wonderful owner Narissara Saardwong brought a variety of dishes for The Lunch Bunch to share and sample. Each one was so flavorful and delicious, it was hard to choose which one was the best.

Nikki called dibs on the Pineapple Fried Rice because it is her favorite. It’s hard not to load your plate up with the tasty combination of stir-fried jasmine rice, vegetables, chicken and pineapple.

Kim Harding was impressed with the Seafood Basil, or Chao-lay. This entree features a sauteed combination of seafood with shrimp, green mussels, calamari and sea scallops with fresh chili pepper garlic in Thai creamy basil sauce. It had a slight kick, but not too hot, and we all agreed it was fantastic.

Pineapple fried rice

Pineapple fried rice

This was the first time Kim Turner, our new sales rep, had eaten at Yes! Thai Indeed, and she was so

Mango shrimp

Mango shrimp

enthusiastic about the excellent fare. She especially enjoyed the Mango Shrimp, a colorful dish that tastes as good as it looks with peppers, onions, shrimp and big pieces of mango in an amazing sauce.

Irene said she really liked the Siam Chicken — sauteed crispy fried chicken with cashews, mushroom, peppers, pineapple, onion and celery with Thai spicy herb sauce. The crunch of the cashew with the sweet pineapple will delight your taste buds.

My personal favorite is the Massaman Curry made with Thai spices blended in mild chili paste with potato and white onion and topped with cashews and avocado. It’s seriously so good. I also had to order a glass of the Thai iced tea, it’s not too sweet, but very refreshing.

Yes! Thai Indeed is located at 911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and dinner on Saturday. For take out orders, call 843-986-1185.

Massaman curry

Massaman curry

Siam chicken with pineapple

Siam chicken with pineapple

 

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Feeling at home in the traditional atmosphere at Red Roster Café

By Wendy Pollitzer

A few weeks ago, I came to the counter at Red Roster Café to pick up my to-go order. The lovely and pleasant Ashley Robinson Buckley (newly wed) asked if I still wrote the lunch bunch column, and I sadly said no. When asked to fill in for Pamela Brownstein this week while she takes a well-deserved vacation as Editor of The Island News, I happily said yes.  And what a nice surprise it was to be asked to write the Lunch Bunch column about one of my favorite restaurants in town, The Red Rooster Café.

Southern fried green tomatoes on top of baby spinach greens

Southern fried green tomatoes on top of baby spinach greens

The eclectic and humorous Brendon Smalls, a familiar face at Red Rooster, served us first our drinks…all delivered in the classic southern staple, a mason jar. Joining me were Elizabeth Newberry, Nikki Hardison and Irene Goodnight. Irene ordered an Arnold Palmer and was delighted that Brendon offered the mixed berry honey lemonade as an alternative to the standard summer favorite. In fact, he told us that Red Rooster changes its lemonade options three times per week. It’s details like that that really sets the restaurant apart from others.

Ashley and Brendan were kind enough to bring us some starters that included their infamous crispy potato chips and four perfectly battered southern fried green tomatoes, served with a yummy guava sauce and topped with roasted red peppers and brie cheese on top of baby spinach greens.

Choosing from the menu for our entrees was the hardest part. Red Rooster offers a selection of breakfast items (as meals and a la carte), salads, sandwiches, Panini’s and burgers. As diverse as our choices were, our palettes were equally pleased with our plated works of art. Irene chose the Special for the day…an oven roasted chicken breast covered and smothered with pepper jack cheese, crispy bacon and an Italian drizzle squeezed between a toasted hoagie roll. Nikki opted for the Yo Adrian, a toasted ciabatta sandwich with ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone cheese, banana peppers and condiments paired with a classic Italian dressing. Elizabeth ordered

Pepper Jack Skip Jack

Pepper Jack Skip Jack

from the Panini selections and decided on the Pepper Jack Skip Jack, a sourdough Panini with tuna salad, the obvious namesake…pepper jack cheese and a fresh Lowcountry tomato. I was craving a burger this particular day and thoroughly enjoyed my Kissin’ Kate, a patty topped with roasted red peppers, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and finished with a melted brie cheese.

Stuffed and satisfied, we politely asked Brendan for our to-go boxes when he surprised us with yet another treat…four tasty root beer floats. We toasted to a fun summer and drank the delightful, youthful dessert beverage as Brendan brought us even more sugar. He presented a plate of cookies…white macadamia nut, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, rocky road and peanut butter.  I had to take some home to my daughters, Abbie and Julia, who subsequently devoured them in 30 seconds flat after dinner.

Root beer floats

Root beer floats

We had such a delightful experience at Red Rooster as always. It’s a timeless institution in Beaufort, though not very old. Owner, Courtney Keith has figured out a way to create a relaxed atmosphere with traditional ambiance and deliver delicious Southern cooking with a progressive, flavorful twist. Influenced by American, French and Hawaiian cuisine, Red Rooster Café has the comfort of a meat and three diner with the sophistication of a world-class bistro.

Red Roster Café is located at 1210 Ribaut Road and is open Mon.-Sat. from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. They can be reached at 843-379-2253.

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Everybody loves Beaufort Water Festival’s Thursday night tradition: Lowcountry Supper

By Pamela Brownstein

During the 10 days of Water Festival, Thursday night’s combination of delicious food and live music draws large crowds each year.

Volunteers serve the contents of a traditional Lowcountry Boil — steamed shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage — under a tent as folks shuffle through in three lines.

Many thanks to all of those who helped prepare, cook and serve the amazing food for this giant community picnic. This year, more than 1,200 pounds of shrimp was boiled in anticipation of the more than 3,000 hungry attendees.

And a big personal thank you to the Pirettes. I saw the girls assist a woman in a wheelchair in line, and came to throw away our plates after our meal was done. But Ashely Chance, a rising junior at Whale Branch Early College High School, was so helpful to our family. She pushed our daughter in her stroller so my husband and I could have our hands free to get plates of food and wrangle our toddler, Wolfe, through the crowds. She followed us all the way through the park and to our seats in the grass, and was very sweet, and we were grateful.

Once our family of four was settled, we all enjoyed the yummy food. Our 11-month-old daughter tried her first piece of shrimp, and Wolfe, 2, ate several pieces of watermelon. My husband’s plate was piled high with the shells of peeled shrimp, and the tasty sausage was my favorite, and better than I remembered.

It was a warm evening, but tolerable in the shade, and all around us families and friends ate together and kids played and listened to the tunes of the local band, the Blue Dots. Then everyone was entertained by The World Famous Whistlers, and it was a wonderful way to end a lovely evening that highlighted the food and fun that makes Beaufort great.

Alex, Bowen, Danielle Troutman, Jack and Henry enjoy shrimp, sausage, corn, cole slaw, watermelon and lemonade during Water Festival last Thursday in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

Alex, Bowen, Danielle Troutman, Jack and Henry enjoy shrimp, sausage, corn, cole slaw, watermelon and lemonade during Water Festival last Thursday in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

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Italian favorites such as pizza, pasta and salad draw families to The Upper Crust

By Pamela Brownstein

At this bustling pizzeria on Lady’s Island, hungry patrons stream in and out. The Upper Crust attracts families and groups with big tables and booths and an extensive menu that serves stellar pizza, pasta, salad and sandwiches.

Dave's favorite pizza

Dave’s favorite pizza

The Lunch Bunch started with a hot cheese pizza, which our friendly server dubbed “Chef Dave’s favorite.” It was so good, we each ate two pieces.

Nikki tried the Antipasto Salad that comes with onions, black olives, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini peppers, pepperoni, salami, ham, capicolla, balls of fresh mozzarella, and feta cheese sprinkled on top. She said this large, colorful salad was delicious.

Irene opted for the Low Country’s Best Shrimp Salad (as it’s called on the menu) and she really enjoyed the fresh local shrimp tossed in a creamy dill dressing piled high on a large salad.

April, who is a big fan of Upper Crust and dines here often, wanted her favorite: the Notorious Grilled

Anitpasto salad

Anitpasto salad

Chicken Salad. The tossed salad has green peppers, onions, cucumbers, black olives, tomatoes and grilled chicken. (It usually comes with seasoned french fries and cheese on top, but April opted out.)

Elizabeth said she recently had a dream about alfredo so she had to get the Cajun Alfredo — a creamy Parmesan sauce “Cajun Style” tossed with fettuccine pasta and grilled chicken.

I ordered the Chicken Wrap, but this is no ordinary wrap made with a thin, tortilla-like wrap. It is stuffed with grilled chicken, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, special sauce and mozzarella and rolled in homemade dough then baked to perfection. The result is a giant sandwich that is irresistible. I also got a side of the signature sour cream and chive fries and Elizabeth and I

Chicken wrap with sour cream and chive fries

Chicken wrap with sour cream and chive fries

couldn’t stop eating them.

Although we were all full from the plentiful portions, we did share some cannolis and they were amazing.

The Upper Crust is located at 97 Sea Island Parkway, Suite 201, Hamilton Village, Lady’s Island. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. Call 843-521-1999 or visit www.theuppercrustli.com.

 

Cajun alfredo

Cajun alfredo

 

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Visit Dataw Island for fabulous salads and sandwiches at The Outpost

By Pamela Brownstein

From downtown Beaufort, take the Sea Island Parkway out to St. Helena Island, then make a left at the light when you see the sign for Dataw Island. Go down the winding road, through the gate and past the charming houses until you reach the Dataw Island Marina. This picturesque spot is home to Sweetgrass Restaurant, which is only open for dinner, and The Outpost, which is open for breakfast and lunch. Both eateries were recently bought by owner and DSC_0082chef Penn TenEyck, and the Lunch Bunch was excited to see what was cooking.

Cranberry-pecan chicken salad

Cranberry-pecan chicken salad

The Outpost is decorated very cheerily, and has an old-timey theme, like a small town soda shop. It has a full coffee and espresso bar, and customers order at the counter. The menu offers a variety of salads and sandwiches, all with quality ingredients and special features.

Elizabeth ordered The Burger which comes with pimento cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms on a Brioche bun. It was big, and she said it was very delicious.

I tried the Ham and Turkey Club, which is one of the more popular items on the menu, and for good reason. Piled with ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion on toasted wheat bread, this giant sandwich also includes cranberry mayo, which only elevates its awesomeness.

On the healthier end, Nikki and Irene opted for specialty salads. Irene enjoyed her shrimp and crab salad over

Ham and turkey club

Ham and turkey club

mixed greens, while Nikki said her cranberry-pecan chicken salad was the best she’d ever had. The smoked chicken gave it immense flavor, and the sweetness from the cranberries and crunch from the pecans made for a winning combination.

We also shared the Barbecue Sandwich — slow-cooked pork with signature BBQ sauce and bacon coleslaw on a Brioche bun — that was really good, and the Shrimp Burger that was super tasty.

Even though we were all full, we were treated to a dessert platter that was impossible to refuse. We sampled a piece of Coconut Cake with hints of pineapple; a slice of Chocolate Mousse pie that I single-handedly devoured; and a Double Caramel Nut Chocolate Torte with Ladyfingers that was as decadent as it sounds.

The Outpost is at the Dataw Island Marina on Dataw Island. It is open for breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week except Wednesday. Call 843-838-2508 or visit www.outpostdataw.com.

Shrimp and crab salad

Shrimp and crab salad

The cheery inside of The Outpost on Dataw Island.

The cheery inside of The Outpost on Dataw Island.

 

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Cool off with yummy frozen yogurt, customized with awesome toppings at YoYo’s

By Pamela Brownstein

One of the best parts about summer is the chance to beat the heat and cool off with a tasty treat. At YoYo’s Frozen Yogurt in downtown Beaufort, they serve up a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings so each customers can build a unique cup of yumminess.

Lunch Bunch stopped by YoYo’s last week for a mid-afternoon dessert.

General Manager Stuart behind the counter at YoYo's Frozen Yogurt Shop on Bay Street.

General Manager Stuart behind the counter at YoYo’s Frozen Yogurt Shop on Bay Street.

Nikki combined three flavors of frozen yogurt: Island Coconut, Italian Style Tart and Zeusberries Greek. While that may seem bold, Nikki revealed that she is an expert “mixologist” seeing that she worked at a frozen yogurt shop as a teenager.

Elizabeth and I were having similar cravings and chose Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel and Espresso flavors. I topped mine with pecans, fresh strawberries and pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups. The combination of chocolate, salty crunch and sweet fruit was amazing.

General Manager Stuart said they have 40 toppings. Additional featured frozen yogurt flavors include Dreamy Dark Chocolate, Wild Strawberry, Birthday Cake and Cookies N’ Cream. DSC_0083

They also have a fun “Phoyo” booth where you can have your picture taken and it automatically goes on the store’s Facebook page, so you can share the photo with your friends.

YoYo’s Frozen Yogurt is at 722 Bay Street, Beaufort. Call 843-548-0300 or find them on Facebook.com/BeaufortFrozenYogurt or visit www.beaufortfrozenyogurt.com. The store is open Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, noon to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sea Salt Caramel Frozen Yogurt topped with pecans, Reese's peanut butter cups and strawberries.

Sea Salt Caramel Frozen Yogurt topped with pecans, Reese’s peanut butter cups and strawberries.

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A pair of adorable frozen yogurt fans at YoYo’s.

A pair of adorable frozen yogurt fans at YoYo’s.

 

 

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The quintessential cafe serving sandwiches, salads and ice cream at Marketplace News

By Pamela Brownstein

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Beaufort at the corner of Bay and Charles streets, Marketplace News attracts visitors and locals alike with its mouth-watering menu, spacious seating and delightful decor. Since 2000, owner Tae S. Holmes has been running her eatery based on the successful recipe of fresh ingredients, homemade dishes, a large selection, and quick and friendly service.

Garden salad with egg salad on top

Garden salad with egg salad on top

April, who has lost nearly 30 pounds since January, ordered a big Garden Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, herb croutons and egg salad on top.

Nikki, who has also been working hard to stay healthy and lose weight, got the Chicken Salad Salad, and she said it was excellent.

We were all envious of Irene’s Grilled Chicken Teriyaki, served on a big plate with a side salad and fried rice.

I was so pleased with my Charles Street R.T.B. on rye. The sandwich is made with roast beef, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and ranch — yum.

Grilled chicken teriyaki special

Grilled chicken teriyaki special

Kim Turner — guest Lunch Buncher and The Island News’ newest sales associate — ordered her favorite sandwich, the West Street BLT. She

West Street BLT

West Street BLT

customized it by adding Swiss cheese and choosing toasted rye bread.

With summer here, Marketplace News offers an extensive variety of cool dessert treats including milk shakes, root beer floats, banana splits, and dozens of flavors of Bluebell Ice Cream. So we had to try the Brownie Sundae, and not only was it lovely to look at, but it was impossible to take just one bite. It was so delicious and indulgent; I was glad everyone else is dieting, more for me!

Marketplace News is located at 209 Charles Street, downtown Beaufort. It is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Catering and meeting room available. Call 843-470-0188.

Charles Street R.T.B.

Charles Street R.T.B.

 

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Experience the newly remodeled dining area at Lady’s Island Country Club: The Tavern at Royal Pines

By Pamela Brownstein

The Lady’s Island Country Club is just unveiling the dramatic renovation of its clubhouse that has been under construction since last August. According to Jeff Fischer, the outdated building was completely gutted, with the exception of the stately fireplace that remains at the entrance of the newly designed restaurant, The Tavern in

Homemade chips

Homemade chips

Royal Pines. With light hardwood floors and an emphasis on clean lines and a Lowcountry look, the result is a beautiful and inviting dining and bar area.

Ginger shrimp salad

Ginger shrimp salad

The food at Lady’s Island Country Club has always been delicious, but now with a big, brand-new kitchen, the chef and staff are excited to reveal new menu items.

The Lunch Bunch had a hard time deciding between all the tempting options. But we started by sharing a plate of the homemade chips, and between the four of us, we scarfed them all. We also tried the Ginger Shrimp Salad, and it not only looked gorgeous, it tasted so good too with ginger-seasoned shrimp on a bed of slaw tossed with barbecue blue cheese sauce.

Nikki ordered the Spinach Salad made with strawberries, walnuts and spinach and topped with grilled shrimp and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. She loved the salad — before I even realized, she had finished everything on her plate.

Chef salad

Cobb salad

Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed her giant burger topped with grilled onions, blue cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and jalapeños, and a side of sweet potato fries.

Guest Lunch Buncher Daniel Brownstein really liked his Southwestern Chicken Wrap. And I was amazed by my colorful and plentiful Cobb Salad with all the ingredients — cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms and eggs — lined up so perfectly I almost didn’t want to disturb them. But I did and it was excellent.

Jeff said the renovations are still ongoing. The big brick patio will be expanded, making room for tents and providing a great additional outdoor area for weddings and big events. But the goal of creating “a

Southwest chicken wrap

Southwest chicken wrap

fun, family friendly place” is coming true.

Lady’s Island Country Club is located at 139 Francis Marion Circle, Beaufort, and is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 843-524-3635 or www.ladysislandcc.com.

Blue cheese burger with sweet potato fries

Blue cheese burger with sweet potato fries

 

 

Spinach salad with grilled shrimp

Spinach salad with grilled shrimp

 

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An extra-large menu that’s big on creativity is a huge success at Fat Patties

By Pamela Brownstein

Everyone has their favorite restaurants in Beaufort, and Fat Patties is one of mine. I love it because the food is always excellent, the service is friendly and prompt, the restaurant has a good energy in that it’s lively — with big screen TVs and music — without being too loud, but just loud enough that it can drown

Calamari starter

Calamari starter

out the sounds of crying children (which, as a mom to two little ones, I’ve found this is quite a bonus because you won’t be disrupting other diners). That being said, it’s also family friendly, but with a sizeable bar and a nice outside seating area, it caters to all crowds.

Deviled Shrimp starter

Deviled Shrimp starter

The Lunch Bunch shared as many appetizers as possible, but really, it’s hard to choose because they are all so good. We had to get the Blue Cheese Tater Tots, which are big potato rolls served warm and filled with blue cheese, and also a side of their apple salad — a simple mixture of walnuts, apple slices and dressing that is so flavorful and pairs so well with the tots.

We also had to get the Deviled Shrimp, my favorite, as well as the Siracha Honey chicken wings, which I hadn’t tried before but were super tasty.

Elizabeth ordered the most amazing meal: The Thai Me Up with a shrimp burger. The shrimp burger was so big and fresh, you could see the actual shrimp when she cut it in half. Topped with julienne veggies, coconut red curry sauce and fresh basil, this burger was the real deal and she said it was awesome.

But Nikki’s Au Poivre burger was also incredible. She chose the grass fed beef pattie, and no bun. One bite of the burger covered with cracked black pepper, pink peppercorns and Brandy cream sauce was melt-in-your-mouth instant delight. We were all wowed. She also enjoyed her house salad with

Au pouvrie burger with a side salad

Au Poivre burger with a side salad

cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons and raspberry vinaigrette.

Irene had the Coconut Crusted Calamari as her main dish, and she also tried the Marshmallow Mudslide made with Rumchata and Kalua. What could be better than a cool adult shake on a Friday afternoon in the summertime?

Fat Patties is located at 831 Parris Island Gateway, half a mile from Parris Island. It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m. Call 843-379-1500 or visit www.fat-patties.com.

Thai Me Up on a shrimp burger

Thai Me Up on a shrimp burger

Blue cheese tots with apple salad

Blue cheese tots with apple salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey siracha wings

Honey siracha wings

 

 

 

Fat Patties offers a stellar selection of adult beverages. Here is a Wit, a Golden Monkey, and a Marshmallow adult milkshake.

Fat Patties offers a stellar selection of adult beverages. Here is a Wit, a Golden Monkey, and a Marshmallow Mudslide milkshake.

 

 

 

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