Welcome to Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, featuring ribs, brisket, wings, and chicken waffles. A gem nestled in the heart of Byward Market, mere blocks from the US embassy, where the rich aroma of hickory-smoked barbecue sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. This isn’t just a place to eat; it’s a journey into the heart of Southern cooking, where each dish is more than a meal—it’s a story served on a plate. Immerse yourself in an ambiance where the charm of Southern hospitality meets the mastery of traditional barbecue techniques.

Fatboys - Interior

From the succulent ribs and brisket to the unique chicken waffles, every item on the menu is a testament to the art of Southern cuisine. It’s a celebration of flavors, where the smoky scent of the grill intermingles with the lively atmosphere, creating a space that’s as inviting as it is flavorful. Fatboys Southern Smokehouse isn’t merely a restaurant; it’s a destination for those who cherish the fusion of exceptional food and a warm, welcoming environment. Here, every visit is an adventure in taste and a tribute to the rich traditions of Southern hospitality.

Fatboys - Interior

Inspired by the laid-back charm of Florida’s dive bars, Fatboys is a nod to the soul of Southern hospitality. Its 12th anniversary aligns with American Thanksgiving, symbolizing its dedication to American-style barbecue. This isn’t just a dining spot; it’s an escape to a world where each meal is a celebration, and every flavor tells a story of tradition and passion.

Fatboys - Harley Davidson

Stepping into Fatboys, you’re greeted by an eclectic décor, highlighted by a 1914 operational replica Harley Davidson. This speaks volumes of the restaurant’s character – bold, authentic, and full of stories. The speakeasy, a quaint and intriguing addition, offers a unique space for private gatherings, reflecting the restaurant’s versatility and creativity.

Fatboys - Smoker

The menu at Fatboys is a showcase of culinary dedication. Smoking about 2000 pounds of barbecue weekly, the restaurant ensures each dish is crafted with care and authenticity. The labor-intensive process of smoking meats for up to 13 hours exemplifies their commitment to flavor and quality.

Here are some of the popular mouth-watering menu options Fatboys offers, starting with the Chicken waffles:

Fatboys - Chicken Waffles

Southern Fried Chicken N Waffles ($29.99) is a dish that embodies the soul of Southern cuisine. The chicken thighs, fried to a perfect crisp, offer a kick that harmonizes beautifully with the soft, sweet Belgian waffles. Served with pure Canadian maple syrup, this dish is a delightful blend of sweet, savory, and spicy notes.

Fatboys - Kentucky Platter

Kentucky Derby Platter ($59.99) is a magnificent feast that’s a tour of Southern BBQ. Savor the variety with Memphis ribs, Carolina pulled pork, Texan beef brisket, and chopped BBQ chicken. Each meat, smoked and seasoned to perfection, tells its own story. Complemented with Kansas cornbread and your choice of two Southern sides, this platter is a testament to BBQ artistry. The sides presented with this platter are Smoked Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese and the Sweet Potato Mash.

Fatboys - Fried Corn on the Cob

Fried Corn on the Cob with Parmesan ($4.99) Experience the simple yet irresistible charm of this dish. Each corn cob, lightly fried, showcases the natural sweetness of the corn, enhanced by a delicate sprinkle of Parmesan. It’s a side that brings the comfort of Southern kitchens to your table.

Fatboys - Deep Fried Pickles

Deep Fried Pickles ($13.99) a southern classic with a twist. These aren’t just any pickles; they’re deep-fried to golden perfection, offering a crunchy exterior that gives way to the tangy, juicy burst of flavor within. Paired with a signature dipping sauce, these pickles set the stage for the Southern feast that awaits.

Fatboys - Tofu

Understanding diverse dietary preferences and needs, Fatboys caters to various palates. The Smoked Tofu BBQ Bowl ($20.99) features southern rice seasoned with red rub and Hillbilly Heat BBQ sauce, sweet corn, and smoked fried tofu, it’s a dish that surprises and satisfies. Topped with crispy onions, drizzled with the famous Alabama white sauce, and sprinkled with dried chives, it’s a vegetarian delight that even meat lovers would admire.
Fatboy’s offers an allergy-friendly approach, including gluten-free sauces, and no peanut or fish products used in their food preparation. This ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Fatboys - Cotton Candy

Fatboys features an impressive drink menu that caters to all tastes. Pictured here is the Cotton Cosmo ($14) created from Tito’s Vodka, cranberry juice, and fresh lime soda. Topped with cotton candy and a cherry, this drink embodies Fatboys unique, carnival-like twist on the traditional cosmopolitan martini. Another popular option among patrons of Fatboy’s is their selection of “adult only” Mason Jar Milkshakes.

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If you like bacon in all five food groups then the Maple Bacon Manhattan ($14) is the drink for you! The drink consists of Double Smoked Bacon infused Jim Beam Sweet Vermouth, Pure Canadian Maple Syrup, Lemon Twist, and Candied Bacon.

Fatboys - Bourbon

Fatboy’s proudly has one of the largest selections of Bourbon whiskey in the Ottawa area. The vast choices of beverage options amplify the authentic Southern smokehouse experience that is offered in the Byward Market at this southern restaurant.

Fatboys - Speakeasy

Fatboys is more than equipped to host a range of events. With a seating capacity of just over 200, 80 seats are available in the restaurant, 68 seats in the speakeasy, and a 60-seat patio. The speakeasy, with its southern-inspired ambiance, is a private room that includes a stage and sound. Perfect for hosting private events.

Fatboys is wheelchair-friendly, with a commercial ramp available to gain access to the building and its single-floor construction. Fatboy’s was proud to host Team Canada’s sled hockey team within their southern-inspired smokehouse.

Fatboys - Front Entrance

At Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, every visit is an adventure, a journey through flavors and stories. It’s a place where food is not just prepared; it’s crafted with care, served with a smile, and enjoyed in an atmosphere buzzing with warmth and camaraderie. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a destination that promises an experience that is both enriching and unforgettable.

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Shawn, the founder of Fatboys, has achieved an extraordinary feat by climbing the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on each continent, including the formidable Mount Everest. His remarkable journey, completed in under two years, not only set a world record but also served a greater purpose. Driven by a passion for giving back, Shawn’s climbs were more than just personal achievements; they were a means to raise awareness and funds for important causes. Through the charity Shawn founded, Dream Mountains, to date, his efforts have raised an impressive $1.3 million for various charities, demonstrating that the true peak of success is found in the generosity and positive impact one can have on the world. This display of dedication and selflessness is a beacon of hope and a vivid reminder of the power of combining personal goals with community service.


Address of Restaurant: 34 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M5

Closest Cross Streets: Parent Ave & Murray St

Parking: Street parking and various garages thoughout the Byward Market.

Byward Market Ottawa On parking – free or cheap lots, garages and street meter spots (parkopedia.ca)
Phone Number: 613-695-5599

(Must be a party of 10 plus to make reservations)

Website Address: http://fatboys.ca/
Online Menu: menu.pdf (fatboys.ca)
Email of restaurant: Catering@fatboys.ca
Opening hours: Friday 4–10 p.m., Saturday 4–10 p.m., Sunday 4–8:30 p.m., Monday to Tuesday closed, Wednesday 4–8:30 p.m., Thursday 4–10 p.m


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