Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe

Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe

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Check out new logo. Special Thanks to my niece Katlyn Ballard, who designed it for us.
A former colleague from my Lanier days. Check this out. Love you brother!
The first show in our new place, organized by James Robinson was a major success. Check back for pictures, video, and comments about that special night

Introducing Smithville's newest Wine Bar and Live Music venue. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to try unique and hard to find wines in a cozy yet intimate atmosphere, while listening to amazing music.

Operating as usual

05/07/2021

If you get hot and thirsty this weekend, come by The Fat Cat for some homemade lemonade, lavender lemonade, or strawberry lemonade. Only $2.50 a glass, or $3.50 for a 32 Oz. cup to go.
Don't forget Ben Harrison is playing tonight from 7-9 and we have a special menu of traditional American Cuisine all weekend.

If you get hot and thirsty this weekend, come by The Fat Cat for some homemade lemonade, lavender lemonade, or strawberry lemonade. Only $2.50 a glass, or $3.50 for a 32 Oz. cup to go.
Don't forget Ben Harrison is playing tonight from 7-9 and we have a special menu of traditional American Cuisine all weekend.

05/06/2021

Come by this weekend and try our special Barbecuterie plate with samples of Brisket, Pork Ribs, and Sausage. (The Texas Holy Trinity). It also has some pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans. Mac-n-Cheese, and more. Try this or one of our other American dishes plus a glass of American Wine to get your Passport stamped.

Come by this weekend and try our special Barbecuterie plate with samples of Brisket, Pork Ribs, and Sausage. (The Texas Holy Trinity). It also has some pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans. Mac-n-Cheese, and more. Try this or one of our other American dishes plus a glass of American Wine to get your Passport stamped.

05/05/2021

It's time to Celebrate the U.S. on our Passport Journey this week as we will pair over 20 American Wines with some traditional American Cuisine. Besides our regular menu,, we will be serving Lori's Chili, Salmon, Sloppy Joe's with Mac-n-Cheese, Deviled Eggs, Cobb Salad, and a special Barbecuterie Board of Texas BarBQ, cheeses, and sides. For dessert we'll have Apple Pie, Mixed Berry Cobbler, and Creme Brulee Crepe Cake. Don't forget to get your Passport stamped. If you haven't started yet, it's not too late.
More pictures of these tasty treats coming soon.

It's time to Celebrate the U.S. on our Passport Journey this week as we will pair over 20 American Wines with some traditional American Cuisine. Besides our regular menu,, we will be serving Lori's Chili, Salmon, Sloppy Joe's with Mac-n-Cheese, Deviled Eggs, Cobb Salad, and a special Barbecuterie Board of Texas BarBQ, cheeses, and sides. For dessert we'll have Apple Pie, Mixed Berry Cobbler, and Creme Brulee Crepe Cake. Don't forget to get your Passport stamped. If you haven't started yet, it's not too late.
More pictures of these tasty treats coming soon.


05/02/2021

Oscar Ornelas at the Fat Cat Lounge with special guest Soul Man Sam.

Soul Man Sam joined Oscar Ornelas on stage for a few songs tonight.


04/25/2021

Hailey Tuck is entrancing the Fat Cat Lounge with her Alt Jazz crooning. Amazing.

04/24/2021

If you haven't made plans for the night, come out to the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe and see the incredible Hailey Tuck. Though originally from this area, she has gone on to perform all over Europe, recording several successful Alternative Jazz albums. If it wasn't for Covid and her canceled tour dates in Portugal and France, we wouldn't be able to book someone like Hailey, so take advantage of this unique opportunity and come this this extraordinary artist tonight. Don't forget to try the Spanish Cuisine, Wine, and Sangria to get your passport stamped.

If you haven't made plans for the night, come out to the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe and see the incredible Hailey Tuck. Though originally from this area, she has gone on to perform all over Europe, recording several successful Alternative Jazz albums. If it wasn't for Covid and her canceled tour dates in Portugal and France, we wouldn't be able to book someone like Hailey, so take advantage of this unique opportunity and come this this extraordinary artist tonight. Don't forget to try the Spanish Cuisine, Wine, and Sangria to get your passport stamped.

Photos from Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe's post 04/21/2021

Now that Spring is in full swing, get ready for a lot more farm to table offerings at our restaurant. In addition to the pork we raised and served, we'll soon have a lot of our own veggies, eggs, and beef. Right now come by and get farm fresh chicken and duck eggs for only $5.

Photos from Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe's post 04/21/2021

It's Spanish Week at The Fat Cat Lounge! Come by and try two different types of Paella, a plate of delicious Tapas, Caprese Empanadas, Gaspacho Soup, Fresh Red Sangria, and our selection of Spanish Wines. Don't forget to get your Passports stamped too.


04/18/2021

Michael Milligan and The Texiana Bluez Live at The Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe.


04/17/2021

Soul Man Sam is killing it again tonight at The Fat Cat Lounge.

04/14/2021

Soul Man Sam wants to give back to everyone in Smithville for all the support you given him here at the Fat Cat Lounge, so he's dropped the price on his tickets from $35 down to only $25 for this Friday's show. Go to eventbrite.com to buy tickets or call Lori to reserve your seats. His shows always blow everyone away so if you haven't seen this force of nature, this is the best time to do it.
Don't forget we are featuring France on our passport, so make sure you come by this week to get your first stamp.

Soul Man Sam wants to give back to everyone in Smithville for all the support you given him here at the Fat Cat Lounge, so he's dropped the price on his tickets from $35 down to only $25 for this Friday's show. Go to eventbrite.com to buy tickets or call Lori to reserve your seats. His shows always blow everyone away so if you haven't seen this force of nature, this is the best time to do it.
Don't forget we are featuring France on our passport, so make sure you come by this week to get your first stamp.


04/11/2021

Live at the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe with The Michael Malone Quartet.

04/10/2021

If you are in the mood for some great Jazz, come by the Fat Cat Saturday night to see world renown Saxophonist Michael Malone and his quartet. We are very fortunate that this ensemble was available as he is usually touring in Europe now. Thanks to Hannibal and Sumai for helping us set up this awesome event. Don't miss out, tickets are still available on Eventbrite or by calling Lori at the restaurant.
Don't forget to order wine and food from France and get your passport stamped!

If you are in the mood for some great Jazz, come by the Fat Cat Saturday night to see world renown Saxophonist Michael Malone and his quartet. We are very fortunate that this ensemble was available as he is usually touring in Europe now. Thanks to Hannibal and Sumai for helping us set up this awesome event. Don't miss out, tickets are still available on Eventbrite or by calling Lori at the restaurant.
Don't forget to order wine and food from France and get your passport stamped!

[03/27/21]   Unfortunately, we have some news that will affect our sold out performance at the Fat Cat Lounge and Café tonight with Miss Lavelle White. We learned late last night that she fell and the results from her x-ray showed that she has broken her hip. She is having surgery this morning as we speak. Please pray for her! We will, of course, issue refunds to anyone who wishes, however I'm hoping that most of you will still support her and her band. She really needs our support especially with these new medical issues. Oscar Ornelas, Austins Blues Artist of the Year in 2019 , who has become a favorite here in Smithville, has offered to come and play with her band. In addition to that, it looks like we may have another musician come and step in for a few songs on her behalf. He is someone that you all love and respect. We may even have others sit in with the band for a few songs out of respect for her. One thing I have learned from the short time we've had this business is how loyal musicians are. They really are just a great big family so this is going to affect a lot of people. I feel like the best way for us to handle this is to move forward with the show tonight in her honor and send her all our thoughts and prayers. It will still be an amazing show!

[03/17/21]   Just a reminder that we will be closed this Friday, March 19th from 6:30 to close for a private event.

Rochelle and the Sidewinders Live at the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe 03/15/2021

Rochelle and the Sidewinders Live at the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe

Had a great time last night with Rochelle and the Sidewinders. Check out this rendition of Grits and Groceries.
https://youtu.be/_2RA6sEuBXk

Rochelle and the Sidewinders Live at the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe Rochelle sings "Grits and Groceries" on March 13th at the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe in Smithville Texas.

03/13/2021

Weekend Special- Beef Pho Soup $10
Tickets still available for Rochelle and the Sidewinders Saturday night. Only $20 for an incredible show.

Weekend Special- Beef Pho Soup $10
Tickets still available for Rochelle and the Sidewinders Saturday night. Only $20 for an incredible show.

03/12/2021

Come by Sunday March 21st for another free wine class from 2-5. This class called "Bubbles Around the World" will feature Champagne and other Sparkling Wines.

Come by Sunday March 21st for another free wine class from 2-5. This class called "Bubbles Around the World" will feature Champagne and other Sparkling Wines.

03/08/2021

If you haven't had a chance to see Rochelle and the Sidewinders, one of Austin's most popular Soul/Blues Bands, you have to come this Saturday to the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe in Smithville from 7-9. They recently were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, have performed on several prominent TV programs across the country and have toured in countries all over the world. Check out a couple of their videos to get an idea of the amazing show we have planned. Call Lori for tickets or order here at Eventbrite- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/136880684813

https://youtu.be/armrr2_bcrM

https://youtu.be/f9Dr4QrNxME

If you haven't had a chance to see Rochelle and the Sidewinders, one of Austin's most popular Soul/Blues Bands, you have to come this Saturday to the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe in Smithville from 7-9. They recently were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, have performed on several prominent TV programs across the country and have toured in countries all over the world. Check out a couple of their videos to get an idea of the amazing show we have planned. Call Lori for tickets or order here at Eventbrite- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/136880684813

https://youtu.be/armrr2_bcrM

https://youtu.be/f9Dr4QrNxME

03/06/2021

Weekend Special- Pho Soup with chicken - $8, Pho Soup with Mixed Seafood -$10. Come at 7 and see Jessica Sheppard.

Weekend Special- Pho Soup with chicken - $8, Pho Soup with Mixed Seafood -$10. Come at 7 and see Jessica Sheppard.

Photos from Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe's post 02/26/2021

Weekend Specials
- Chicken Wings with Buffalo, Bourbon, or Sweet Teriyaki Sauce served with side salad and cup of soup $10
- Creamy Jalapeño and Chipotle Corn Pork Tacos $8

02/25/2021

Today's special, Creamy Jalapeño and Chipotle Corn Pork Tacos. Come out of the rain and grab a plate of these tasty tacos for only $8.

Today's special, Creamy Jalapeño and Chipotle Corn Pork Tacos. Come out of the rain and grab a plate of these tasty tacos for only $8.

02/20/2021

Happy Birthday to Mike today and Happy Birthday to Lori tomorrow. We'll all have to celebrate together next week when life gets back to normal, hopefully.

Happy Birthday to Mike today and Happy Birthday to Lori tomorrow. We'll all have to celebrate together next week when life gets back to normal, hopefully.

[02/18/21]   In case you were wondering, the restaurant will be closed the rest of the week as we try to find Elsa to bring back Summer.

02/12/2021

Come by and see the Children's Trim -a -tree Valentines decorations. Kids can come in with an ornament they made and place it on the tree and get a free treat too. Parents can try a free appetizer as well. We'll do this for all the major Holidays and Events. Come support Smithville's littlest artists.

02/11/2021

We are having a special menu this week due to the weather and our Valentines Dinner Specials. Please come by for some warm soup or chili.
Don't forget to come for Valentines Dinner Friday and Saturday night as we have a Prime Rib plate with choice of Au Gratin or Baked Potatoes, choice of two salads, roasted asparagus, and choice of 3 desserts, Almond Bread Pudding w/ Amaretto Sauce, Flour less Chocolate Cake w/ Gamache berry wine and fresh berries, or Crepes w/ strawberry cream filling and Whipped Cream. We also are offering an Italian Plate with two stuffed shells, two homemade meatballs, and two servings of Chicken Parmesan served over pasta (Gluten Free pasta available) choice of two salads and the same selection of desserts. Both options also include garlic bread as we'll. The Prime Rib dinner is $39.95 per person and the Italian Plate for two is 29.95 per person. Live music is included.
All of our menu, even the Valentines Dinner Specials will be available for carry out if you don't feel like going out, but we will be having intimate live music playing and our new menu of over 50 wines to choose from. Please call for reservations.

youtube.com 02/07/2021

Soul Man Sam Live at the Fat Cat Lounge - Someone else is stepping in pt.1

Had an incredible show last night with Soul Man Sam. He had so much energy and is such a dynamic and witty entertainer. Hannibal Lokumbe joined him onstage for few numbers and his wife Sumai joined Lori in the kitchen as our guest chef to make some amazing Fried Chicken, Mac-n-Cheese, Greens, Corn Bread, and Sweet Potato Pie.
Here's a few videos for those of you not able to attend. Please add more photos or videos if you were there.
https://youtu.be/OxPOUrnqae8
https://youtu.be/JZMtc_Pfeec

youtube.com Jan. 6th Fat Cat Lounge in Smithville

02/05/2021

Wanted to give a shout out to the Smithville Recycling Center. We are trying to run as Green a Business as we can. We recycle all of our bottles, cans, and boxes. We even take the leftover food scraps home to feed our pigs. It's so nice to have a great Recycling Center so close that handles everything, except the glass (I take that to La Grange). Please take advantage of whatever services your community offers and help make a difference.


02/05/2021

Fat Cat Trim a Tree

Come by The Fat Cat Lounge and see the children's trim a tree with handmade ornaments. Lori has collected Valentines from some area schools and day cares with each child's name and age on the back. They can come in with their parents and exchange it for a treat. Parents can get an appetizer too. We will switch out decorations for all the major holidays as long as the kiddos keep the ornaments coming. We want to work with the kids for an art competition with some if the best work displayed on our walls. Come by and support Smithville's future artists.

01/30/2021

Soup-er Bowl Saturday - Lori's been cooking up her favorite soups. Come in this weekend for a bowl of hearty chicken corn chowder, tomato basil soup, Italian wedding soup, or chili all served with garlic bread for only $5.00. Grab some to go, or enjoy it with a glass of wine or beer while listening to great music. This Saturday Phil Hurley will play from 7-9.

01/16/2021

Chili To Go Special Today! Come by the Fat Cat Lounge today and get a helping of Lori's Special Chili to go with 1/2 Grill Cheese Sandwich for $8. Lori uses 5 types of meat, her own Chili seasoning and serves it with or without beans. Get a quick lunch, a savoury supper, or just a snack while watching football. We are open today from 11 am to 10 pm for dine in as well with a full menu of delicious food and finally have our beer and wine license so come by and check us out.

youtube.com 01/03/2021

The Sophisticates at the Fat Cat Lounge playing Love Light on New Years Eve.

More:
https://youtu.be/ILXHPGoIRY0

youtube.com Oscar Ornelas on keyboards and vocal Johnny Moeller on guitar Nico Leophante on Drums

youtube.com 01/03/2021

The Sophisticates Live at The Fat Cat Lounge playing Sweet Home Chicago on New Years Eve

Check out some of the great music we had here on New Years Eve with The Sophisticates.
https://youtu.be/xm4x6JPqHZ0

youtube.com Johnny Moeller on guitarOscar Ornelas on keyboards/vocalsNico Leophante on Drums

Spotify 12/31/2020

Best of 2020, a playlist by Dennis Huffman on Spotify

Here's a link to my Best Albums of 2020 playlist on Spotify.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7eM9CP7P2zoKRBIattARm1
It has my favorite songs from about 70 albums that came out this year. This is a very diverse array of songs from multiple genres and styles but should give you a quick review of the best music created this year. Please feel free to comment and add suggestions that need to be added.

My Top 20 albums of the year: (in no particular order)
Rose City Band – Summerlong
Boniface- Boniface
Mac Miller – Circles
Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You
SAULT – Untitled (Rise Up)
Idles – Ultra Mono
The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You
Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
Car Seat Headrest – Making a Door Less Open
The James Hunter Six – Nick Of Time
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Jason Isbell – Reunions
Robert Cray – That’s What I Heard
Washed Out – Purple Noon
Oh Sees – Protean Threat
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Working Man’s Club- Working Man’s Club
The Flaming Lips – American Head
Run The Jewels – RT4
AC/DC – Power Up

Spotify A playlist featuring The Flaming Lips, Car Seat Headrest, Bright Eyes, and others

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Oscar Ornelas at the Fat Cat Lounge with special guest Soul Man Sam.
Fat Cat Trim a Tree

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Smithville, TX
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