I had a good five year run of eating from the kitchen of Fat Sam Shatara. Until his death in the Spring of this year Mr Shatara ran one of the best delis in Birmingham, Alabama: Fat Sam’s Sub Station.
Fat Sam cut his own french fries, made all his sauces from scratch (that marinara…) and hand-sliced all the meats for his prodigious, mountainous sandwiches. He was a big, he-bear of a man who loved talking about rock and roll, who the best drummers in town were, and the likelihood that Kiss, “the greatest band of all time” might one day return to Alabama.
Fat Sam died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile crash. His family has shuttered his iconic sandwich shop.
Rest In Peace
Salman Mitri Shatara (1961 – 2016)