Fat Boy's BBQ & Catering
You know you're in an honest-to-goodness, no-nonsense barbecue joint when the top items on the menu are named after obesity-related health risks.
Fat Boy's BBQ & Catering owner Jeff Boothe is deadly serious about the slow-smoked meats and fixins he serves up at his downtown St. Paul, Virginia dining establishment -- serious as a coronary, you might say.
The signature dish at Fat Boy's is the “Heart Attack in a Bowl,” which consists of a slow-baked potato slopped up with butter, sour cream, cheese and pulled pork.
One of the secrets to the lip-smackin' success of Boothe's spuds is that they're cooked right alongside the meats in the smoker he built himself a decade and a half ago. “Even though it’s wrapped up with foil, it still gets good smoked-flavor,” he says.
“Two heart attacks, one stroke and a mac-and-cheese on the side!” is a typical artery-clogging order you’ll hear barked out from the counter toward the kitchen in this cozy cafe. Once you’ve pigged out on a succulent platter of pork, chicken, brisket or rack of ribs, you can finish off the feast with a sweet finale of fruit cobbler alamode or a generous dollop of banana pudding.
Boothe opened Fat Boy's in 2015, and since then the old-school eatery has become a regular refueling station for locals and visitors to Wise and Russell counties alike who're looking for a downhome fix of Southern-style grub. Fat Boy's is especially popular on weekends for paddlers along the new Clinch River State Park blueway trail, as well as ATV riders working up an appetite exploring the web of Spearhead Trails in the area.
“Located in one of the oldest business buildings, the historic St. Paul Bank and Telephone Company building, Fat Boy’s is now the cornerstone of the town,” reports the Heart of Appalachia website, which notes that a visit to Fat Boy's comes with a guarantee that "you won’t leave hungry."