The best pizzas, like the worst Elvis impersonators, are cheesy, saucy, and often live in cardboard boxes. Sink your teeth into a doughy classic with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and sandwiches at Fat Molly's in Kenner.
Fat Molly's makes mouths water with a menu packed with 17 specialty pizzas. The New Orleans barbecue shrimp pizza slathers gulf shrimp and mozzarella and parmesan cheeses in Abita Amber barbecue sauce ($15.95–19.95). Diners can also craft their own personal pies or calzones ($7.50 plus $.75/topping), choosing sauces such as the homemade spicy marinara to cover in meats, veggies, and feta, provolone, or other cheeses. Keep incisors from escaping via tooth ferry by trapping them in a smoked sausage po boy, which comes grilled with onions, peppers, and provolone cheese ($6.95–$9.95). House-made apple cider vinaigrette drenches tossed grilled chicken in the cranberry feta salad ($9.50).
Four flat-screen TVs captivate crowds in Fat Molly's 20-seat bar and family-friendly dining area, keeping them up-to-date on the latest sports scores and weather machine inventions. A weekday happy hour (3 p.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday) wets work-weary whistles with $1.50 domestic beers and $2.50 imports and microbrews.
In the kitchen at Fat Molly’s, the hands of chefs flutter above sheets of marinara-cloaked dough, scattering inventive toppings such as gulf shrimp, artichokes, and boudin. Athletic events broadcast on four flat-screen TVs, augmenting the clatter of silverware with the sounds of cracking bats and mascots with their tails under rocking chairs. Drawing upon a selection of meats including fried chicken and smoked sausage, patrons design their own poor boys. Tearing into the sandwiches despite their warmth, they take swigs from 30 beer options, including Abita Purple Haze and Lazy Magnolia’s brown ale crafted from roasted pecans, which bestow the mash with earthy caramel flavors. The eatery's walls are festooned with works by local artists, ranging from a triptych of a jazz musician to an abstract of a stacked sandwich and a poignant deconstrionist piece by the back door, which reads, simply "Exit."