Growing up in New Jersey only a short distance from Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, I had my fair share of 'fat sandwiches' as made famous by the Rutgers' "Grease Trucks." So when we saw that a small eatery named Fat Sal's Deli was moving into the location previously occupied by the less-than-impressive Maria Juana's Cafe on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, we at SanDiegoVille had to get to the bottom of it! What we found is that this east coast inspired, gluttonous deli is the brainchild of actor Jerry Ferrara (Turtle from HBO’s hit show Entourage) and two of his lifelong friends.
|Josh, Sal and Jerry|
"We chose PB because it fit the Fat Sal's desired demographic," explained co-owner Josh Stone. "It is a young town where there are always people walking around, and most importantly, it's a late night town."
Traditionally 'fat sandwiches' are hero rolls filled with combinations of comfort/bar food staples such as mozzarella sticks, cheesesteak, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, etc., etc. The menu at Fat Sal's deli stays true to form with a variety of mixes and matches and even a Big Fat Fatty challenge for $49.95: Finish a 27 inch garlic hero towering with cheesesteak, cheese burgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeno poppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara, and fat sauce, all in under 40 minutes, and the sandwich is free and you can invent and name your own 'Fat Sandwich'! Only recently has someone been able to consume this beast, and he did so with 5 minutes to spare (video clip on Fat Sal's Facebook).
For more information on Fat Sal's, check them out online at fatsalsdeli.com and be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter.