"Sophisticated meatless menu," was how a reviewer in the La Cañada Valley Sun newspaper described the fare at Fatty's this past March, going on to say: "I could be happy just ordering appetizers."
Arguably Eagle Rock’s most stylish—and one of L.A.’s finest—restaurants is in the news again, this time as one of the top 10 places in Los Angeles and New York City for vegan food.
The gastronomic honor is in the latest, November-December issue of VegNews, a San Francisco-based bimonthly magazine devoted to news about the vegan food world as well as about our planet and travel.
Titled “The Top 10 LA and NYC Spots for Vegan Food,” the article praises everything from the historic art deco building where Fatty’s & Co. is located to the cotton candy “spun to order from pure Vermont maple sugar.” (See attached PDF.)
There is no raking of the restaurants in the VegNews article, which is only available in the magazine’s print edition. However, an online list of the 20 runners-up in L.A. and New York City can be viewed by clicking here.
Shortly after the magazine’s tribute to Eagle Rock’s upscale vegan haven, the website of KPCC, the popular Southern California radio station, featured Fatty’s in its Arts & Culture section.
Titled “Staff Restaurant Pick: Fatty’s Restaurant,” the article, by KPCC’s midday news anchor Hettie Lynn Hertes, starts out by asking why a “vegetarian restaurant” would be named Fatty’s.
The answer, according to Hertes, is that the name was a toss-up between Fatty or Worm, which happen to be the names of the two dogs that belong to Fatty’s co-owners Kim Dingle and chef Aude Charles.
Meanwhile, according to Dingle, there’s been quite a bit of interest in Fatty’s from potential buyers responding to news over the summer that the 3,000-square-foot restaurant (and an adjoining 2,000-square-foot office space) is up for sale for $2.4 million—or the best offer.
Dingle told Patch recently that several chefs had come by to see the restaurant but that there were no buyers quite yet. (Dingle and Aude jointly own the entire building where Fatty’s is located. Dingle, an acclaimed artist, also works in the restaurant’s office space.)
Asked what she (and Aude) plan to do if the restaurant doesn’t sell, Dingle replied that Fatty’s would continue to do what it has done all along: Serve outstanding vegan fare.