It's popular, it serves good food and it's legendary. I have been eating at Fat Hippo for many years now and I am a big fan!
There are currently two Fat Hippo Newcastle: Fat Hippo Underground (Shakespeare Street) and 'the original' Fat Hippo in Jesmond.
Locally sourced burgers, tempting desserts, warm hospitality and edgy decor ensure a relaxing base in both locations.
I went to the Fat Hippo located underground which, with the exposed bricks, jam jar lights and bare metal pipes, gave a chilled and edgy feel to it. They serve US inspired specialist burgers along with classic sides such as Mac ‘n’ Cheese balls. Their focus is on serving the best ingredients, transformed into inspirational and informal US style burgers. They have great friendly service in a relaxed, chilled environment and (good to know!) they even have 5* hygiene rating!
When I visited Fat Hippo Underground I had ‘hang over 3’, which was a succulent, crispy buttermilk chicken burger with melted cheese, bacon and sweet bbq sauce with proper hand cut chips, all for £9.50. It was a joy to eat. Even though I was stuffed, there is always room for dessert and I couldn’t say no to warm cookie dough pie served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, all for £5.50. The cookie dough wasn’t too sickly to my surprise and ice cream I felt tasted like a good quality dairy ice cream.
I love how they encourage a "roll up your sleeves" and "get dirty" attitude, with cutlery served in enamel mugs and kitchen roll on each table.
To top of a Fat Hippo Burger, wash it down with a naughty, indulgent shake or an independent beer - (My personal favourite shake is Jack Daniel’s, peanut butter, honey and creamy vanilla ice cream) and I will let you into a secret… join the loyalty scheme ‘The Herd’ and get access to their secret menu with much more!
Fat Hippo have a special happy hour price Monday to Thursday 12-4 and Friday 11-4 where a burger and fries is £6.
Click here for other burgers. I thought the chunky peanut butter and bacon jam burger sounded tasty. If you are a veggie, no problem - they also serve vegetarian burgers such as the spicy bean burger with mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, rocket and pesto mayo!
End score 8/10. Fat Hippo is a great place to get together with friends and catch up over a burger. Definitely worthy of a journey!