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Today’s generation demands more of its pub —less duct tape on bar stools, fewer sad drinkers, and a better selection of tasty food and beverages. Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille has answered the call.

Article
Donna Leahey
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
February 28, 2019

You probably have an idea in mind when someone says “neighborhood pub.” Maybe the Cheers theme starts playing in your head. You think of hanging out with friends, enjoying a beer or three, chowing down on some bar food. Someplace where they greet you by name, where they know your regular order. You have a place like that? If no, check out Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille. And even if you do already have a favorite, give Fat Daddy’s a try; you might just find yourself with a new favorite pub.

Owner Sean Welborn opened Fat Daddy’s 10 years ago.

“I was in the hotel biz for more than 12 years, and I just got tired of making money for other people,” he says. His first venture was a bar, but seven years later, “We were wiped out by the I-40 expansion. I found this space, remodeled it, and opened Fat Daddy’s in 2008. I wanted a neighborhood pub. Some place friends can come and eat. We have regulars. Some come here every day for lunch.”

Longtime Tulsa residents probably remember Paddy’s, and the interior still reminds you of the old Irish pub. The space is full of natural light from two walls of floor to ceiling windows. Neon signs advertising beer, a modern jukebox, wooden high-backed booths, and pool tables finish off the neighborhood pub look.

You can get wings coated in a choice of sauces from mild, medium, hot, or extra hot, along with teriyaki, barbecue, garlic parmesan, and more. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
You can get wings coated in a choice of sauces from mild, medium, hot, or extra hot, along with teriyaki, barbecue, garlic parmesan, and more. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

If you think of food as being an afterthought at a pub, though, think again. “What’s unique here is that food is the centerpiece,” says Welborn. “It’s not an amenity. It’s not fancy, but it’s good.”

Asked what’s most popular, and Welborn is stumped. “Everything sells,” he says. “Everything’s popular. We sell so much of everything.” After a moment’s thought, he goes on, saying, “We do sell a lot of Reubens.”

March is a busy, busy month for Fat Daddy’s. “There’s spring break, and we get a lot of families in here,” he says. “It’s Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. There’s the basketball tournament.”

Biggest of all is St. Patrick’s Day. Fat Daddy’s keeps up the Paddy’s Pub tradition, serving corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and pint after pint of Guinness.

Be sure to check out Fat Daddy’s daily specials, for food that’s not just delicious, but extra affordable. There’s Taco Tuesday, Wing Wednesday, and 2-4-1 Burger Thursday. Friday brings the ultimate special: the steak special. You can get an 8-ounce sirloin or rib-eye with sides for $11.99. “We always sell out the steak special on Friday,” says Welborn.

The appetizer and starter menu is a dizzying array of choices. From quesadillas, fried mushrooms and corn nuggets to fried hot pepper cheese cubes — however you like to start your meal, Fat Daddy’s has got it. You should check out the nachos. It’s a huge plate of tortilla chips, smothered with cheese, and topped with beef or chicken, beans, sour cream, olives, scallions, and tomatoes. If you need it even cheesier, you can add queso. This favorite is crispy and cheesy, with plenty of flavor and texture in each bite.

If you think of food as being an afterthought at a pub, though, think again. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
If you think of food as being an afterthought at a pub, though, think again. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

The wings are another favorite. You can get them coated in a choice of sauces from mild, medium, hot, or extra hot, along with teriyaki, barbecue, garlic parmesan, and more. The wings themselves are meaty drumettes and flats, and are cooked just right. If you prefer boneless wings, you can get a basket of hand-breaded boneless wings dressed in any of the wing sauces.

The salad menu offers up tasty options like the taco salad, traditional options like a chef, cobb, or chicken Caesar salad, but be sure to take a look at the southwestern chicken salad, a generous serving of shredded lettuce topped with fajita chicken, pico de gallo, black beans, corn, cheddar jack, and tortilla chips, all set off with Fat Daddy’s southwestern dressing. It’s full of flavor and texture sure to make your taste buds jump for joy.

Fat Daddy spuds are also a favorite. These massive potatoes are stuffed to overflowing with toppings. The club spud is topped with ham, smoked turkey, bacon, cheddar-jack, scallions and black olives, and served with sour cream. You can get a traditional butter and sour cream loaded potato, a spud topped with pulled pork or chicken, or Mexi-Spud topped with chili, cheese, and jalapenos. The roast beef spud is a special treat with roast beef, caramelized onions, and cheddar Jack cheese serve with a side of au jus.

The Reuben may be the star of the sandwich menu, but it’s far from the only option. Fat Daddy’s has a ton of options between two pieces of bread, including a steak or chicken Philly, a French dip, and an open-faced roast beef sandwich. You can also grab a chicken Caesar wrap, a chicken ranch wrap, or an American classic BLT served up as a sandwich or a wrap.

If, after all that, you still want the Reuben, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a reason it’s a favorite; it’s a generous portion of sliced corned beef, with sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, set off by Thousand Island dressing, all served between toasted marble rye. If you prefer, you can get your Reuben with smoked turkey instead of corned beef.

Fat Daddy’s is famous for its burgers, for good reason. From the barbecue bacon cheddar burger to the Cheezy burger, there’s sure to be a burger that will make you happy. Do you like spicy? Then consider the Firecracker burger or the sriracha burger. Both are topped with sautéed jalapenos, but the sriracha takes the heat to another level with ghost pepper cheese and a drizzle of hot chili sauce. The patty melt is a traditional favorite served on toasted marble rye.

Fat Daddy’s is open to all ages until 9 p.m., which means during the day or evening, you might see children, adults, grandparents, students, and more all enjoying a daily special or tasty appetizer.

LOCATOR
Fat Daddy’s Pub and Grille
8056 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
918-872-6206
fatdaddyspubandgrille.business.site
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

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