MOORESVILLE – Honey, if you are looking for some good old country cooking, here is the place: Fat Boys. Tucked away off River Highway, the restaurant boasts some of the best fried chicken, baked beans, pasta dishes and banana pudding in the area. Add in waitresses who have worked there for 20-plus years and a very affordable price point and you may never eat at home again. Owner Dane Mills uses his mama’s recipes and his own style of management to keep customers happy and very well fed.

At Fat Boys, it is all about the patrons who sit, chat and eat at the restaurant.

“Customers are the number one thing here, honey,” said Olive Harris who helps Mills out with errands, waitressing and anything else that needs to be done.

Her mother and two aunts have also worked at the restaurant since it first opened.

“We will go the extra mile for anyone who walks through that door,” Harris said. “You better believe you are going to walk out of here well fed and with a smile.”

The menu has delicious items such as a steak sizzler or barbecue plates, but the crown jewel of the restaurant is the buffet. It is filled with fresh Southern favorites such as crispy fried chicken, pinto beans, green beans and yams.

Plus there is a full salad bar and a homemade soup and chili, as well. There are also real pit barbecue items on the buffet, such as pulled pork. Top that pulled pork with homemade honey barbecue sauce and enjoy its savory goodness.
They also make all the salad dressings in-house, as well as the coleslaw, potato salad and banana pudding.

“Honey, you have got to try that banana pudding,” Harris said. “It’s the best you’ve ever tasted.”

The pudding is luscious with fresh chunks of banana and the other buffet items are fresh and tasty.

John and Beulah Fink have been coming to Fat Boys for 25 years.

They drive all the way from Landis to eat here during the week and most Sundays with other family members.

“It’s just so good,” John Fink said. “The price is right and the food is excellent.”

Customer Debbie Burford, of Mooresville, eats at Fat Boys at least twice a week.

“It is a fair price and the food is just so good,” she said.

The lunch buffet costs $6.99 for seniors and kids and $7.99 for everyone else. The dinner buffet costs $7.99 for seniors and kids and $8.99 for everyone else.

There is also a seafood buffet on Saturdays starting at 3:30 p.m. for $12.99 featuring catfish, ribs, oysters and shrimp.

The restaurant also does a bustling catering business.

“It doesn’t matter if you have 10 people to feed or 2,000,” Harris said. “We will create an amazing menu for you, deliver it, stay and serve it and then clean it up.”

And there will most likely be food left over as well which can be boxed up and taken home. The restaurant has two party rooms. One can seat up to 200 and the other is more intimate seating about 35 people. The room rental is free with food purchased and can be decorated any way by the customer.

Fat Boys is pure county cooking with many homemade items and an attractive price point. The chicken is crispy, the sweet tea is cold and the corn is homestyle.

“Dane puts so much love into his food,” Harris said. “All the recipes are from his mother.”

And that, right there, is what makes this restaurant so special; nothing more Southern than loving your mama.


Want to go? Fat Boys, 114 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, 704-663-7089.