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Fat Rice
Southeast Asian Restaurant$$
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Fat Rice's Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo traveled to Portugal with wine retailer Craig Perman to find artisanal wine.
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Drawing influence from the Euro-Asian unions of China, India and Southeast Asia's colonial past, the food at Fat Rice combines homestyle comfort with exotic, lesser known ingredients and flavors. Influences are rooted in the travels of the Portuguese and countries they touched over the past 500 years. Fat Rice is the celebration, preservation and evolution of these past happenings, embracing the traditions of old and presenting them in a new light on a menu of hearty curries, handmade noodles and wood-grilled meats—all hot and spicy and served in a family-style setting.

Fat Rice may seem progressive, but it's old!
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2957 W Diversey Ave Chicago, IL 60647
2957 West Diversey AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60647
$$Southeast Asian Restaurant, Asian RestaurantToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:30 pmSunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Comfort food from around the world is served in a rustic space with communal tables & open kitchen.- Google
"My favorite small bite is the smoked tofu and mushroom."
"Definitely MUST get the potstickers with the weird crepe thing attached to them."
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Lou cavallo
3 months ago
We've been there several times, have ordered something different every time, and have yet to have a bad experience! This place is great to go to with friends so that you can order several different unique dishes to share. The wait staff is very friendly and very helpful with selecting a good balance of dishes that go together well. Be prepared to wait for a table but trust me, it's well worth the wait!
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D Pham
5 months ago
I can't believe I haven't review this place sooner! Everything I've ever had here was amazing and well made. They are all so well-seasoned and tasty. My favorite is the Egg Tarts, which you have to get early on before they sell out. Also check out their cocktails!
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Dylan C
a year ago
If you're looking for something new to try, especially by Chicago standards, then Fat Rice is the place to be. The staff is very friendly and the seating is set up in large shared tables which offers you a chance to chat and meet new people. They offer a varied selection for several dietary restrictions and are happy to make suggestions or take special orders when they can. The fat noodles are a very interesting dish. Very fat (they aren't kidding) noodles with egg and mushrooms. It's a very filling meal and you should be fine with it alone and maybe an appetizer. For an appetizer try the sweet and sour eggplant.
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Yvonne Mitchell
5 months ago
I have been wanting to try the food here for so long. I finally got my chance, and I love it! Everything I ordered was just like I thought it would be, delicious. Try the Sweet and Sour Eggplant and the Lemongrass Carrots.
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Jon Wiley
4 months ago
Fat Rice is firing on all cylinders. My wife and I went there for brunch and sat at the bar. Friendly service, hip decor, good music, excellent cocktails, and fantastic food. The radish cakes are so good. We'll be back.
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Heather Payne
4 months ago
Can I live here?!?! I just don't even know where to begin, I loved it so much! There were three of us and yes we had to wait and we knew we would, but much to our delight we were escorted to the secret den where you can have a cocktail before dinner. Don't expect to use the washroom in there though, there isn't one. We had the Fat Rice balichang tamarindo malay vegetable curry sweet & sour eggplant I cannot stop thinking about that balichang tamarindo. The pork belly was the best I've ever had. I'm saddened to think that I went here with two essentially vegetarian friends. Just think of the other delicious carnivorious creations I missed out on. Can't wait to go back!
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Kirsten Larkin Hardy
10 months ago
Soo good but way too tiny for how good the food is. I like that Fat Rice is located in an area where there isn't tons of notable restaurants and bars around and is still able to attract a huge crowd at all times. Go with no more than 4 people and share your dishes with the table as everything is too good to get your own meal. The portions are pretty large.
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Jenn Morissette
10 months ago
Great ambiance, funky mix of modern and old world. Dishes are incredibly flavorful and unlike anything I've had anywhere else. I am not an adventurous eater by any means, but I would eat anything put in front of me by Chefs Conlon and Lo. Vegetarians, Seafood lovers, and Pork enthusiasts alike will find something to love. Fat Noodle in x.o sauce is FANTASTIC, as are the dumplings, potstickers, rice crisp, smoky tofu, I could go on forever. Drink menu is really interesting and fun, and they always have cool music playing if you listen closely over the joyfully packed dining room and open kitchen. It's nearly impossible to stop eating while you're there. I always leave stuffed and so very happy. Best enjoyed with friends, go early and be prepared to wait, but it's worth it!!
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