Photo by Bret Redman.

Pour Judgment: Fat Rabbit in Uptown

A look at the Uptown restaurant and bar.

Fat Rabbit opened in the old Sfuzzi space on McKinney Avenue earlier this year. The restaurant and bar offers brunch, lunch, and dinner menus that focus on bar food items such as cinnamon roll french toast, paninis loaded with cheese, and BBQ fries. I stopped in a couple of weeks ago during happy hour, grabbed a stool at the mostly-packed bar, and ordered a drink.

The atmosphere: The space is adorned in dark, wood-covered walls, chocolate brown upholstered bench seating, light fixtures made from Edison bulbs, and flatscreen TVs (they were playing top 40, country, and ’80s music videos while I was there). An enormous, wrap-around bar breaks up the dining room. There’s also seating out front on an enclosed patio.

Photo by Bret Redman.
Photo by Bret Redman.

What to drink: Beer is a safe bet. I ordered from the cocktail list, my bartender was knowledgable and offered recommendations based on what I like in a mixed drink. But while sipping my adequately crafted vieux carré, I watched as the other bartender on duty texted on her phone while she gulped a smoothie from a straw. I can only assume that she was a new hire, because between texts and slurps she thumbed through the menu, using it as a how-to guide while she hesitantly mixed cocktails.

What to wear: The happy hour crowd was a mix of business casual men and women who just got off work, and denim-clad Uptown residents.

The service: My bartender was attentive. She zipped around the bar, mixed cocktails, and made smalltalk with customers, all without missing a beat. I obviously can’t speak for the people who were served by the other, texting bartender.

The verdict: An adequate neighborhood hangout in Uptown. And from what I’ve heard the bar packs up on the weekends, making it a go-to party destination.

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Comments

  • Sophie

    Went there for a birthday dinner. Thought they were disorganized and not that great. Brought appetizers and meal out altogether. Desserts were cold. Was seated a long time and they kept texting me my table was ready.
    Called last week and said I had won free appetizer and first drinks anytime on MTW from 3-5. I don’t know anyone who could go at that time.

    • nik

      I can! I’ll gladly take it off your hands…

    • Wylie H Dallas

      You could quit your job or forget to pick up your kids from school to take advantage of the offer.

  • Jeff Hayden

    The pun in the headline unfairly implies that a bad review is coming.

  • AndrewS

    I think the most notable item of the review is that you were willing to let Fat Rabbit make you a vieux carre! I thought their menu read Titos and Soda.