Disappointed/Confused about Phat Bites.
My 2nd visit to Phat Bites today. I'm confused and disappointed. Knowing that Phat Bites is owned by the same owner of Ellendales, I just can't square the two. This place is really a dive. The menu has some pretty ambitious things on there - maybe too ambitions. Perhaps a few less items done really well would be better. It seems to attract a business lunch crowd, but immediately when you walk in the door you are hit in the face with 2 extra large open trash cans that are (from what I've heard and experienced) fulll and overflowing. It's gross! None of the workers seemed to even think a thing about it.
The food is ok. Somehow, I expected a slight level of sophistication based on the owner, but when I reviewed the ingredients in the greek wrap - the dressing was ranch - not the typical cucumber yogurt. I had the 3 salad plate and only one was very good at all. It all seems to be an afterthought - not a sense of excellence like Ellendales.
The service is slack - very slack.
Bottom line: This place could be really good with a few tweaks and a little more attention to detail. It's all very confusing.....
Rockin food, Hidden gem.. If you find yourself hungry in Donelson around lunch time - try Phat Bites. You won't be disappointed. My faves so far are the honey almond chicken salad, cranberry barley, and the spicy humus. Ummmmmm!
The perfect alternative to fast food. I was dismayed to read the rather harsh reviews listed here. I find that Phat Bites offers a perfect alternative to the unhealthy, hectic fast-food atmosphere so prevalent in this area. Where else can one enjoy a refreshing salad with strawberries and crumbled blue cheese, or a side of spicy sesame noodles with your quiche? The staff is comprised of friendly, creative young people who have taken the time to know me and my favorite selections. The wait can be long sometimes, but it's worth it. Bring a book or a friend and the time passes quickly.
GREAT PLACE FOR HEALTHY EATING. THE FOOD IS ABSOLUTELY FRESH, UNIQUE AND DELICIOUS. THE SERVICE IS AWESOME. IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE REALLY FRESH FOOD YOU MUST COME BY. SINCE JULIE IS THERE EVERYDAY TO CHECK IN THE SERVICE IS WONDERFUL.
GREAT PLACE. THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!! JULIE IS WONDERFUL AND THE FOOD IS HOMEMADE AND NOT DEEP FRIED OR YOUR TYPICAL FAST FOOD JOINT. IF YOU LIKE FRESH HEALTHY FOOD YOU'LL WANT TO TRY THIS OUT........LIKE THE "FUNKY" DECOR.
PHAT BITES ROCKS!!!. I'M NOT SURE IF WE ARE ALL TAKING ABOUT THE SAME PLACE BECAUSE THE PHAT BITES I WENT TO WAS EXCELLENT!!!! AND THE PLACE WAS PACKED, SO IF IT WAS THAT BAD THAN YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT IT TO BE SO BUSY, RIGHT??? YOU ALL MUST BE LOSING YOUR MIND! ANYWAY, THIS PLACE IS DELICIOUS!! IF YOU HAVEN'T GONE THERE, YOU MUST! IT'S A FRIENDLY COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE. GO THERE TODAY!!
PHAT BITES IS AWESOME. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE BELOW ARE SMOKING, BUT I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. EVERYONE MUST TRY IT!!!!
Major downhill slide.
My wife and I have supported Phat Bites and the owners full service restaurant, Ellendale's, since they opened. Ellendale's has gotten better and better, while Phat Bites should just close the doors. A posted health dept. rating of 79 says it all. We were among 6 customers who were at Phat Bites around noon today only to find one person running the shop. We were told the other employee had run across the street to get lunch at a local barbeque joint. Leaving one person behind the counter at LUNCHTIME is bad business. Getting take out from another restaurant pretty much says it all. They don't even eat there.
When Phat Bites opened, the choice of salads was 2nd to none. Quality food and even the presentation in the refrigerated display was first class. Now the salads were minimal and sitting in a mishmash of containers. Let's don't forget the place was dirty too.
It took forever to get our order and my wife's order was wrong and had to be corrected. It was still wrong, but ate it anyway. As much as we like the owners and want them to be successful, we won't return here again. I'm truly hoping they don't own it anymore, which might explain why it's gotten so bad. If they do still own it, they need to drop by and straighten things out or lock the doors.
Phat Bites Is the Worst, Nastiest Cafe or Coffeeshop in Nashville or Donelson, Tennessee. I was at Phat Bites just today. This place is nasty, unclean and unfriendly. It?s almost like the new employees there don?t want any business. This is the 3rd time in the past 2 months I?ve been there and I have never even been acknowledged by a certain bleached-blonde, tatted up 20?s-something girl behind the counter who looks at me with rolled eyes like I?m a nuisance for walking in and interrupting her 6 hour break. BTW, I don?t know their hours from way back in Phat Bite days of yore, but they close at 3PM now on weekdays, not 8PM as listed. I show up no later than 1:30pm when I visit and I get looks like I?m so rude for keeping them from closing shop early. My 1st visit there, which was at the beginning of this year, I had a broccoli salad and it was rotten?literally?not kept at proper temperatures. Every single time I?ve been there, they tell me they?re ?out of coffee? or out of something I?ve ordered. Then I ask for something else each time, and so far 3 employees, each on separate occasions, have told me they have no idea how to make my 2nd choice. Oh, and apparently they rig the internet so you can?t access it after 1:30 or so. And I still tip 30% for some reason. Oh, and I tried to leave today at 2:40pm and I had been locked in. The doors were apparently locked 30 minutes prior to closing. When the older lady (40 to 50-ish) let me out, I politely asked what time they close, knowing full and well the answer is ?3pm? and it was only 2:40. Donelson is in dire need of a decent coffee shop, at the least; it is clear Phat Bites isn?t it and has no intention of trying to be it.
Avoid This Place!.
The service was bad, the food was way over priced for what you get.
Employees have no dress code, the young man preparing food had he pants hanging down off his butt. Very Disgusting!
The cashier look like a tattoo freak with purple hair.
I recommend avoiding the place.
Trashy out side and inside.
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