R U Hungry is a restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ that combines all of your favorite sandwiches and sides in one sandwich. The Fat Darrell is known nationally, and if that isn’t for you there are fifteen other Fat Sandwiches on the menu. This place was a dream for a foodie like me.
My wonderful fiance took me to R U Hungry to celebrate a recent accomplishment. She had told me about this fantasy food island months ago, and I swear to you that I have actually had dreams of the place since then. Finally after weeks of waiting, my 1600 calorie sandwich was just hours away.
I did a little research online about R U Hungry in anticipation of my visit. I came across a couple of videos on You Tube. R U Hungry has been featured on television shows all over the world, but two videos from the Travel Channel caught my eye. R U Hungry was featured on Extreme Pig Outs and my favorite, Man vs. Food show.
I learned a few things before my visit that I found interesting. One, the Fat Darrell is the signature sandwich of R U Hungry. The Fat Darrell sandwich includes Chicken Fingers, Mozzarella Sticks, Marina Sauce, and French Fries on a long roll. Every sandwich there is topped with fries. Two, anyone can create their own sandwich and put it on the menu if you can complete the R U Hungry challenge. The R U Hungry challenge is to eat five Fat Sandwiches in 45 minutes. Even my hero Adam Richman failed to complete this task on this episode of Man vs. Food.
The drive to R U Hungry was about an hour from my home and well worth it. It is located directly across from the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, NJ (I wonder how many of those Fat Darrell’s Ray Rice polished off in his day). Unlike most campuses located in a city, there was plenty of parking around the campus. We found a spot a few feet away from the R U Hungry stand. Unfortunately we picked a bad time not realizing at 3 PM just about every student at the university is getting out of class.
My first look at R U Hungry was kind of surreal. This world famous restaurant in reality is just a small sandwich stand. There are about five metal tables outside to sit down, which isn’t really a lot since you are fighting an entire campus for seats. Some sandwiches on the menus outside of the stand are hand written or just printed out from a Word doc. This isn’t what you would call a castle.
The R U Hungry menu and website – http://www.ruhungrynj.net.
My eyes first zoomed in on the Fat Darrell. I read the ingredients again and realized that as great as this sandwich probably is, it really just looks like a chicken parm on steroids. I am more of a meat guy so I started checking out the other sandwiches. I was like a kid in a candy store looking at all of these meaty combinations of R U Hungry fat sandwiches. I finally narrowed it down to four. Those four were…
The Fat Cat – Double Cheeseburger, French Fries, Lettuce, Tomato, Ketchup, and Mayo
The Fat Koko – Cheesesteak, Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries, and Marinara Sauce
The Fat Knight – Cheesesteak, Chicken Fingers, Mozzarella Sticks, Marinara Sauce, and French Fries
The Fat Dad – Cheesesteak, Gyro, Mozzarella Sticks, French Fries, Lettuce, Tomato, White Sauce, and Hot Sauce
I was leaning towards the Fat Knight but I still wanted something with hamburger meat in it. As I approached the window, I noticed several handwritten signs of Fat Sandwiches. These were Fat Sandwiches created by the winners of the R U Hungry challenge. Like a beam of light I was attracted to the Fat Russian. The Fat Russian is comprised of Cheesesteak, Hamburger, Chicken Fingers, Onion Rings, French Fries, and Hot Sauce. It was the most expensive Fat Sandwich on the R U Hungry menu due to the onion rings, but well worth the extra change. I substituted ketchup for the hot sauce, placed my order, and in less than five minutes my sandwich was ready. The turnaround was very impressive in itself for R U Hungry considering how busy they were at the time.
As you can see, the Fat Russian is a masterpiece. I would have expected to skim on the ingredients, but everything was loaded. French Fries were falling off of the sandwich. I took my first bite and it was pure heaven. In one mouthful I would bite into cheesesteak, hamburger, and chicken fingers. In another bite I’d get French Fries, onion rings, and more chicken fingers. It was like two meals at the exact same time. Every bite was truly better than the next. I also want to add how impressed I was with the bread. Bread will either make or break a sandwich like this. I didn’t have high expectations, because nobody mentioned the bread in any of the reviews I read. The bread was soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, it was just perfect. The amount of cheese was also perfect for my tastes. I don’t like a lot of cheese and the amount of cheese on this gave it a cheesy taste, but nothing overwhelming. The onion rings were pretty powerful. As I told my fiance when I originally bit into the sandwich, I could taste the onion rings but I couldn’t find them. There was just too much food.
I finished the Fat Russian and quite honestly, I was tempted to grab another and take it home for dinner. However, clearer thinking prevailed and one 2,000 calorie sandwich was more than enough for one day or one month for that matter. I easily could have put another Fat Sandwich away, but I have no idea how anyone could beat the R U Hungry challenge. I couldn’t imagine getting past two of those bad boys.
Finally I wouldn’t do this review justice if I didn’t mention the scenery, more specifically the Christian preachers standing outside of R U Hungry and yelling about God, Christ, Jews, and premarital sex. Hey, I guess it is all part of the R U Hungry attraction. The gentleman behind the counter just kind of shrugged it off and laughed when my fiance asked about them. I just have to think they could find a better audience than a bunch of college kids a few weeks out from finals in front of a sandwich stand.
I would highly recommend R U Hungry. Go several times to try a variety of the Fat Sandwiches. I will probably go back and try the Fat Darrell at some point just because it is such a famous sandwich. It is really easy to get to R U Hungry from the Philly area as we just took Route 1 for about 90% of our trip. From Philadelphia it is probably about an hour. As a foodie that has tried some of the best places in the Philadelphia/New Jersey/New York area, this place is tops for cheese steaks and sandwiches.
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