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Only in Washington: El Fat Cat Grill

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KENNEWICK, WA - Four area restaurants made onlyinyourstate.com's list of "12 Unsuspecting Restaurants In Washington With Food So Good It Should Be Illegal". Kennewick's own El Fat Cat Grill landed on the list, and reporter Rex Carlin stopped by on Wednesday to find out what all the talk is about.

"Two weeks ago actually, on Friday, I closed for half an hour just to restock everything we had," said El Fat Cat Grill's owner, Felix Sanchez. "There's some days where we get so busy you can't keep up with it."

To find it, you kind of have to know where to look. It's tucked behind a car wash on Edison between Albertsons and Hood Avenue.

People flock to the tiny food truck to experience a dining experience that resembles an old-fashioned drive-in, but the food is anything but: serving a menu of burgers, Mexican food, curry...simply put, good food.

But what separates El Fat Cat from the pack?

"Everything is homemade," Sanchez said. "Burger patties, hamburger buns, torta buns. All the sauces are made here in-house, even the mayo is made in-house. All the marinades are made here, so I think that has a lot to do with it."

The people of Tri-Cities agree. There was a line for El Fat Cat at 10:40 Tuesday morning, and the truck opened twenty minutes early to accommodate the crowd.

It's a popular stop for adults on lunch breaks, but it's especially popular for the students of Kamiakin High School, just walking distance from campus.

"It's not like any other taco truck around here," said Kamiakin student Easton Ayers. "It's definitely more of a homey feel. They're really nice to everyone, and really good customer service."

Best picks on the menu? 

"Burrito-chorbada, burgers...firecracker, any sauteed item, so the coconut curry or the porky adobo," said Sanchez.

So what's next for Sanchez and El Fat Cat Grill?

"We're getting to the point where we've outgrown ourselves, so we definitely have to go into a building here in the near future."

They won't be moving far. Sanchez says the lot behind where the food truck is parked is set to be the brick and mortar home of El Fat Cat in the near future.

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