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click to enlarge Fat Boy Pantry is open in the Lower Garden District, selling coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream.

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Fat Boy Pantry is open in the Lower Garden District, selling coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream.

Fat Boy Pantry (1302 Magazine St., 504-239-9514), a new ice cream and sandwich shop from Barq's Root Beer heiress Hillary Barq, opened Aug. 4 in the Lower Garden District.

  Barq says the shop will function as a "gourmet market" serving coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream. Barq, who owned now-shuttered St. Charles Avenue Sicilian eatery Cibugnu, says she makes all of the 16 flavors of ice cream in house.

  "I think a lot about flavors that might mix together well on a certain day and just go with it, so the flavors will be constantly rotating," she says. "I make mousse, ice, sherbet, ice cream, gelato — and [we don't use any] extracts or artificial flavors."

  Toppings range from classic hot fudge, caramel and sprinkles to adventurous additions like olive oil and Zapp's chips. Alongside standard scoops of ice cream, the shop offers sundaes, floats and shakes, as well as party-size versions (for $66, you get 30 scoops with toppings).

  In addition to espresso, the shop sells a selection of freshly squeezed juices (the Fat B Gone features lemon, habanero peppers, ginger, grapefruit and orange), breakfast sandwiches, pitas and po-boys. Sandwiches include a fried lobster po-boy dressed with remoulade and drawn butter, a Greek-leaning pita sandwich made with lamb belly and feta tzatziki, and a Philly cheese steak iteration made with rib-eye and American cheese.

  Fat Boy Pantry is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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