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Whether you're in the mood for an exotic alligator Andouille, eggplant-based vegan Italian, or an old-fashioned brat, you'll find them all at our new sausage shop in the heart of Clarendon - Fatshorty's.
Aaron Gordon, owner of Red Velvet, Drafting Table and Bar Di Bari and DC-native, teamed up with celebrity chef Rahman 'Rock' Harper to create a Belgian-inspired eatery serving sausages, mussels, and cold beer.
You may recognize Chef Rock from his winning role on Hell's Kitchen or his work as an instructor with DC Central Kitchen. He still teaches at the nonprofit, training at-risk men and women to find work through the culinary arts, and some former pupils are already employed by Fat Shorty's.
Harper is also behind the lineup of meats and mussels. From the menu, you'll choose from nearly 20 varieties of sausages, many from local companies including Logan Sausage, Charlottesville's Sausage Craft, and Binkert's out of Baltimore. Spicy chorizo, sweet Italian, andouille, and more can be tucked into a Lyon Bakery bun and topped with fixings like grilled onion, sweet or hot peppers, and kraut or served on a platter with vinegary potato salad, field greens, or baked beans.
Less traditional riffs include sausages made with rattlesnake, wild boar, and alligator, and specialty versions like Sausage Craft's Hot Amerikrainer, a pork and beef mixture laced with pickled peppers and sharp cheddar. Vegans will find an eggplant sausage spiced with garlic and red wine. A variety of mustards are available for slathering, as is freshly made mumbo sauce.
Fatshorty's has a tremendous offering of Belgium and German beers on tap and in bottles, including Bitburger, Erdinger, Delirium Tremens and Kostritzer.