Fatty's Bar & Grill
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 31
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ithacabaron:
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Cozy little neighborhood bar + never gets too packed + has solid selection and a "once in a blue-moon" gem on tap + sassy, friendly waitresses + a chef that loves to add a little extra dash of hot pepper to everything = good times.
Atmosphere is simple, with a few tables, a long bar, televisions all around, always on sports (this was a macro-haven straight-shooter sports bar, once upon a time), blonde wood everywhere, and a jukebox on the far wall. Knows what it wants to be and accomplishes it. Great in both hot weather and cool, but best in the late fall.
Quality is very good. Brews are handled appropriately, there is good turnover on brews, never had a bad pint, and several truly crackin' ones. Only wish they would serve some brews in something different than a pint glass, but hey, it's not that kind of joint. Lines are nice and clean.
Service is pleasant -- truly nice folks here, and the waitresses love to play practical jokes (watch out for the shocking joy-buzzer pens that they'll lend to you if you ask for something to write with). Like I said, your glass is never empty, and the small, cozy setting keeps things moving.
Selection is small and tight, with a concentration on hoppy beers. Indica, Left Hand, Anderson Valley, a Victory or two, Paulaner Hefe, and the occasional out-of-left field star like Alpha King. Never at a loss for something to order here, and everything's always in great shape. Selection is comperable to the Drafting Room in Springhouse, but they actually take care of their beer here. No growlers, an I've never done take out.
Food is pretty good -- try the cajun chicken salad or the wings. Everything has a little spice to it. CAREFUL with the "hot" wings...you won't be able to taste anything, including your beer, for about 45 minutes afterwards. Burn-unit material here, folks. Don't be a hero -- go with the medium.
Prices are in line with what they should be. During football games, there are excellent food discounts. Great place to watch the first half of a game with some friends. I'm always up for going to Fatty's, so drop me a beermail if you're heading over!
Why To Make The Scene: Because the Birds are playin' and McMenamin's is too crowded/smoky/loud for your friends.
01-06-2006 16:51:08 | More by ithacabaron
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3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a cool and casual little place with good beer always available. I had a Stoudt's APA, but they also had Hacker-Pschorr, Hop Devil, and a few other nice choices. There's a bar for 15-20 people with about a dozen tables pushed together cozily. Getting a seat on a busy might might be tough. The bar is a little on the dark side, with most of the light being furnished by neon beer signs.
This is a nice neighborhood bar that is serving up good stuff to the locals. I don't recommend traveling any distance to this place, espcially since McMenamin's and the General Lafayette are close by and so much better, but if this place is in your neck of the woods, give it a shot.
If you get the wings, try the medium sauce...the hot sauce is nice if you want it to burn through your tongue like the acid in Alien.
Thanks to blitheringidiot for telling me about it. It's only a few blocks from my new place, so it's an easy walk to get there...although the walk home might be tricky sometimes.
10-30-2005 19:48:14 | More by GnomeKing
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Fatty's is more of a sports bar with a few good beers available. It's bright inside, with lots of unfinished pine and macro neons. There's a long bar and about 12 tables. There's usually a very local crowd, and it can get a bit smokey at times. It's a great place to watch football, however.
5 rotating micros on tap, most if not all of them pale ales or IPAs, usually from non-local breweries that aren't commonly seen on tap around here (i.e. Indica, Alpha King), which is sort of nice. There's probably between 10 and 15 decent bottles, a lot of which also are of the hoppy variety. Why they would have such an imbalanced selection is beyond me, but my hop-addicted ass isn't complaining (much to my hop-fearing girlfriend's chagrin).
The service is good, but not very knowledgeable about the beer. You also may have to help your server get you the right beer (for example, I once ordered a "Sierra Nevada", seeing the Celebration on tap, and was brought a bottle of SNPA, not knowing they had it).
The typical pubgrub menu is quite good and decently priced. Pretty straightforward...burgers, cheesesteaks, etc, and a couple of more complex daily specials.
Beerfly says it's in Wyndmoor...because it is. But it's about a stone's throw and a half from the Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill sections of the city, making it close to General Lafayette and McMenamin's, and not too far from Union Jack's in Glenside or any of the places in Manayunk.
If you're going, drop BlitheringIdiot a beerfly...first beer's on him!
12-29-2004 03:13:20 | More by PopeDX
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Fatty's is my local bar when I'm at home in Wyndmoor--less than two blocks away. Growing up, the location was knows as Val's--as the previous review mentioned--which was a smokey old man's bar with maybe one or two small windows--very dim. I remember going around to get pints of Bud for my Dad. Now it's opened up into a sports bar, more or less, infused with some nice beers and some excellent grub.
The atmosphere is good, for most of the same reasons the McMenamins' is--nice selection of often-rotating drafts and a good mix of people. If McMenamin's manages to bring together a mainly local Mt. Airy/Germantown crowd, Fatty's is almost entirely Wyndmoor--so you've got all sorts of people, old and young. In the summertime, the place fills up w the local softball and baseball teams. Outdoor seating is also nice in the summer.
Great sports bar. Tons of TVs and fans. And I happen to like the electronic dart board ;)
The wait staff is alright. I'm not a big fan of the bartenders, one of whom insists on carding my brother's girlfriend EVERY time she goes in even though they go in probably 3 times a week. They're a little gruff and grumbly in general. The barmaids are quite nice and friendly, although beer knowledge is not part of that.
There's usually 10 to 15 taps running, about half or more of the normal bud, miller, coors, guinness, but always at least 5 pretty interesting US craft selections. Always a Victory, usually Hop Devil or Golden Monkey, perhaps an Avery's, Bell's, 3 Floyd's, Rogue, North Coast, Magic Hat, Flying Dog, etc, etc. And they always changing.
They'll let you mix a six of bottles to go, and there's an OK selection of all the Flying Fish, Andersen Valley, couple a Rogue, and some others.
Grub's quite good. I recommend their Cheese Steak or their wings. Sandwiches are all pretty good.
10-28-2004 20:35:38 | More by donnebaby
3.43/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Welcome to Fatty's [f.k.a Val's Tavern with enough high school jackets to incite a prom on Tuesdays.] The first thing that you need to know about this joint is that it was was started from prior Mt. Airy's own excellent beer temple: McMenamin's. *Great joint*
Fatty's is a spankin' clean Irish styled joint. A bit bright for the thrill seekers, but harmless to others. A single floored 30x60 joint with an attached 30 car lot and an outdoor area for 20 on warm days. Clean bathrooms, bright wooden bar and ample seating are welcome for the 50/50 bar/restaurant aspect. There is a cheesy plastic dart game, NFL ticket on Sundays, TV peppered sports motif and ubiquitous bar trivia game.
One bartender guy is good with beers but the two or three girls just bring it-that's all folks! The word "growler" is a foreign word here. "a what?"
About 10 taps hold a good turnover of IPAs, Coors light, Yuengling, (Bills paying) Bud, and Hoegarden. The five or so odd ball taps are usually decent. Lefthand, Anderson Valley, Lost Coast, Kalamazoo Bell's, and plenty 'o Vic'ry are abundant.
Pub grub hangs with the best, for what that's worth. Killer chicken steak and waffle fries. Get it! Get it?
Last call: Usually the worst aspect is a good beer on tap that the beer connisoisseur hasn't had in a while. Get a side of house hot sauce on the side no matter what you order and dip it! If you go here, beer mail me to meet up...first round's on me! Can you take Mom here? Hell yeah! And how!
Beer is good. Happy beering!
10-21-2004 05:55:00 | More by blitheringidiot
Fatty's Bar & Grill in Wyndmoor, PA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.