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This is your last chance to try this local’s favorite Philly cheesesteak

Fat Boy Philies cheesesteak (Eat Utah Joshua Shimizu)

What do you mean it’s closed, no one told me? That’s the common refrain when I tell someone their favorite restaurant has called it a day. Closures then often come overnight and with little to no notice. Which is why fans of Fat Boy Phillies in Murray should sit up and take notice of this one; a merciful heads up to enjoy a few last bites.

Posting via an Instagram story the restaurant explained, “Attention To all our Fat Boy Phillies Fam! We have decided after a good 8 years that we will be closing our doors on 10/31/23. We want to thank everyone for the love and support. These last couple weeks we would love to see our community for our final farewell. So come in and get some Yummy sandwiches. Let your family and friends know! All our love, Fat Boy Phillies #MakeNoMisteak.”

Fat Boy Phillies first opened in 2018 by Anthony and Oliver Duran, the business also operating a food truck along the Wasatch. A brief downtown excursion (on the corner of State and 400S) came in time, but shuttered in 2021. Sadly the original Murray (5823 S State St) location – long held up as one of the finest Philly picks in SLC – is now slated to follow.

Fat Boy Phillies closure post
Fat Boy Phillies closure post

Fat Boy’s signature dish was the classic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, hoping to capture some of the limelight of East coast names like Pat’s and Geno’s. Offering both cheez whiz and provolone, local writers seemed sure on the correct way to order up a cheesesteak at Fat Boy’s.

My colleague Heather L. King at the Tribune wrote, “While the Cheez Whiz brings additional moisture to the tender, juicy meat, it also adds saltiness. With the addition of grilled mushrooms, peppers and onions (called “loaded”) and a housemade jalapeño mayo sauce drizzled on top, the melted provolone is ideal.”

Alex Springer in the Weekly concurred, “I’m typically a provolone kind of guy when it comes to cheesesteaks,” adding, “I remain a provolone purist, but I can totally understand why Whiz is the Philly tradition.”

Per the social media posting October 31st is the last day of business for the restaurant – you should be able to get in a few more visits and settle the debate for your yourself.

Image credit, Eat Utah on Instagram.

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1 thought on “This is your last chance to try this local’s favorite Philly cheesesteak”

  1. That’s pretty sad as it’s my favorite cheesesteak in town. It’s about the only place that gets the bread right but the place was always empty. I’ve taken a look in their kitchen and it appeared, at least on that day, that they precook their steak and keep it at 140 degrees instead of cooking it to order.

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