Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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Reviews by bigkingken:
3.73/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Fat Head's is a giant restaurant that reminds me of an upscale Applebee's. The rooms are huge, spacious, dimly lit and way overcrowded. Despite the large amount of room, there's still way too many people in this place on a Saturday evening.
There wasn't all the crap on the walls that Applebee's usually has, but the atmosphere was the same. Maybe an Outback Steakhouse or Winking Lizard would be a better comparison. Whatever they're going for, I didn't love it.
Luckily, the food is way better than Applebee's, even if the atmosphere and décor isn't. The French onion soup was above average and the smoked chicken wings blew me away. Full wings that you have to tear apart yourself, highlighted by a pink smoke ring for authenticity, and topped by a great sauce.
Next time I'm in, I'm trying the sandwich Maxim called the fifth best in the country - a giant piece of bread stuffed with sausage and perogi!
The beer was decent, but not spectacular. I was slightly intrigued by the fact they have a ton of guest beers on tap to compliment their own. Again, this speaks to the "commercialized" feel this place gave me.
They featured eight of their own beers, all of which I would describe as being above average to very good. The one that sticks out in my mind, though, is the pilsner. It was very true to form, which is hard to find in a country dominated by American lagers; often mistakenly dubbed pilsners.
The service was decent even though they were crazy busy. The one mistake was that I ordered a roasted red pepper soup and got a bowl of French onion instead, but I'm thinking that was the mistake of the people in the back, and I didn't bother to correct her.
01-27-2010 23:17:45 | More by bigkingken
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
--My Yelp review.--
Being a huge fan of craft beer and always looking for something new, I knew I'd be an absolute dumb ass for going to Cleveland to see the Tigers beat the Indians without stopping in North Olmsted to eat and drink at Fat Heads.
At around 4pm on a Saturday, the place was pretty packed. We walked through the place to be escorted back outside where our table was. The place has a great aesthetic and is surprisingly big, but would it hurt to have a little more lighting? It was almost like a theater in there. Regardless, I'd love to revisit and stay inside... just not when the weather is so perfect outside.
I wound up getting a sample of five beers (you can pick as many as you want, and the Cuyahoga burger. We also split the Bavarian pretzels and the Frickles. The Frickles were well received as the breading wasn't a soggy mess like at some places, and the Sriracha dipping sauce was great. The Bavarian pretzels are also really good, but some didn't care for the spicy honey mustard dipping sauce -- wimps! It tasted great and had a nice heaty kick to it. As for the beer (I mean, it IS a brewery...), I got Prohibition Pauly Porter with Coffee, Goggle Fogger, Trail Head, Angels for ALS IPA, and Bumbleberry. No, I didn't get their critically acclaimed Head Hunter IPA because I bought a four-pack to bring home and enjoy. As I figured, all the beers were good or better. I'm not usually huge on fruity beers, but the Bumbleberry is the perfect fruity Summer beer.
The food came out surprisingly fast despite how busy the place was, so the guys and girls in the kitchen know what the hell they're doing. I got my burger cooked medium and that's just how it came out. As for the thing as a whole, I've had better burgers, but the value of the thing is ridiculous, and it's still a really enjoyable one. There's a good portion of pork, spicy BBQ sauce, and jalapenos. Really, I like really spicy food, and this made my nose run a little bit. I wasn't expecting it. Messy, but not too messy -- the buns they use really help with that.
I'd be a fat, fat person if I lived in the area. The menu is loaded with options that basically all sound fantastic, and the portions are absolutely huge... I was one of two at the table to finish our order, and I wasn't exactly comfortable after finishing it either. There are a bunch of items on the menu that I'd like to try next time I'm anywhere around Cleveland.
06-23-2014 19:18:36 | More by Alextricity
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH
97 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.