Friday night November 19th, 2010, I had the pleasure of joining 5 others at a fairly new restaurant in the Cleveland area, Fat Head’s Saloon located at 24581 Lorain Road in North Olmsted, OH. I tend to like restaurants like this, a good mixture of food and beer with a lively atmosphere.
My first impression of Fat Head’s was it was extremely crowded! It was a Friday night at dinner time, but just finding a parking spot was difficult. Most of my group had to park in the Drug Mart Plaza parking lot located next store to the restaurant. Walking into the restaurant you are hit by the crowd as well. The bar was packed full with the 25-40 crowd. We had a 20 minute wait for a table and once we got there, I will admit it was difficult to hear each other with 6 people at the table as the atmosphere was continuously loud with conversation and televisions. This is not a place you want to go to have an intimate conversation, more of a restaurant to hang out with a group of friends. For those wondering how “kid-friendly” it is, remember, this is a brewery, so there is a lot of alcohol themed decorations and displays. However, there were three children at three different tables around our group, so it would be at your discretion. Most of the patrons were adults.
The menu for Fat Head’s consists of wings, wraps, subs, melt sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, burgers, pizza’s and a few salads. They have a select few vegetarian-friendly dishes such as the Friday special of the day, the Black Bean Burger. The beer list is rotating, meaning they have different beers on different days. They had 10 rotating beers and 19 beers that are always on the menu. Prices ranged from $1.25 to $2.00 for a sample size and $4.25 – $6.50 for the regular sized pint. The samples were quite large for the price in my opinion.
The meal I chose was the Gooney Bird, which was a char-grilled chicken sandwich covered with hot sauce topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch dressing. It was served with homemade chips. For those wondering about French fries, fries are served with burgers, chips with the sandwiches, wraps and “headwiches”. The chicken on the sandwich was cooked well, though the sauce was a bit spicy, so not for everyone. The cheese and dressing seemed to help cool it down. The chips were average. Though they were large and thick, they were very plain. There were also several that were burned and dark.
The rest of my party ordered Fish and Chips, Black Bean Burger, both specials of the day, Divine Swine, a pulled pork “headwich” (sandwich as large as your head!), a Philly cheese steak sub and a Euclid Beach Burger. All of us finished our meals except the “headwich” patron. It truly is a meal you can take home for lunch the next day. Though we did not have dessert, Fat Head’s offered Chocolate Stout Cake, Maple Pumpkin Pudding and Pumpkin Cheesecake. All members of my party enjoyed their meals.
The women’s restroom was quite messy, which was a disappointment. There was a lot of paper on the floor and a lot of water around the sink, counter and on the floor. It also took awhile for us to get our check. For my meal of a sample of beer and the Gooney Bird, it was $10.98.
All in all, Fat Head’s is a great atmosphere, fun and has an ample choice of menu selections. It is food that you can find at other restaurants, so lacking in originality, but quality and taste-wise, I was pleased with my visit. I would certainly recommend Fat Head’s and plan to go again.