Hidden down a Chinatown alleyway, or as some of us prefer ‘ginnel’, is a small but perfectly formed sandwich shop. But contrary to what the small blue hatch in a wall would suggest, Fat Pat’s really packs a punch and has become a Manchester cult favourite.
Fat Pat’s claims to be “changing the sarnie game one sando at a time”, and with its curated, tried and tested menu we’re pretty sure it’s living up to that. All subs come in an 8 inch milk roll, baked fresh every morning in store, and the filling choices are ridiculous.
Whether it’s the Hot Honey Fried Chicken, Eggplant Muffuletta or their now legendary Philly Cheesesteak option you’re after, you’ll be walking away stuffed full and satisfied. All sandos come with a choice of any soda or water, and sides and dips can be added with options including Ziggy Fries, Sauce Montréal and Garlic Parm.
There’s also the option to go ham and make it a meal, with a sarnie, fries and a choice of any drink on the menu. Sometimes you just need a comforting meal to get you through the day!
Fat Pat’s is really great for popping for some lunch to take back to the office, as there’s no indoor space, just the hatch, but can also accommodate an evening meal as its opening hours are 12pm – 8pm daily. There’s also the option to order online to avoid disappointment, which we recommend as more and more Mancs catch on!
Fat Pat’s started life hopping between host businesses, having taken refuge in the likes of Foundation Coffee House and Oh My Burger in Chorlton, as well as popping up at events around the city, so the hatch on Portland Street seems a fitting permanent home.
The Fat Pat’s team also seem to enjoy keeping the place a secret, with their Instagram bio reading “IYKYK” (if you know, you know), and keeping a pretty low profile on social media, so we’re trusting everyone not to spoil the secret! Just get down there and try some immense sandos for yourself.
Fat Pat’s, 88 Portland St, Manchester, M1 4GX.