Another stop on our short trip to Cleveland was to Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon. I actually planned to check this place out before our trip even started. A friend of mine is a frequent visitor of their Pittsburgh location and I’ve watched their brewery rise to much fame at the Great American Beer Festival the last couple of years.
Fortunately Fat Head’s was just a few minutes drive from our hotel in Westlake, Ohio. My parents joined my wife and my son for a nice Friday lunch before a wedding later that evening. We arrived to find the very large restaurant mostly empty, though there was a growing crowd at the bar and a few other tables throughout the spacious dining areas.
I forgot to take pictures of the beers we sampled, but they were all delicious. Their Head Hunter IPA has won back to back medals at the previously mentioned GABF and is wonderful. My dad and I both started with a tall glass of this. Altogether we also sampled the Kolsch, Citra Pale Ale, Up In Smoke Porter, and a few others that I cannot remember. I enjoyed everything that I tasted and wish I could enjoy them more regularly.
As good as the food was, I was really impressed by the food. Not only are the portions gigantic but everything tastes very good as well. Just take a look at the plates of food that were served to us.
I had to include my wife in one of the photos so you could see just how massive the sandwiches were and how much food you are given. I had the Aloha Chicken sandwich with a grilled chicken breast topped with ham, provolone cheese and grilled pineapple. Finished with a splash of Extra Medium Sauce ($8.95). My wife had the Beauty & The Beasty sandwich with pulled pork in Beasty BBQ Sauce. Topped with creamy cole slaw, pickles and raw onions ($10.95). Both were great sandwiches and the accompanying home-made chips were very good too.
The wings were recommended by my friend who is a regular. I was amazed at how large the wings were. My dad and I couldn’t get over how easily the meat fell off the bone from the hours of smoking, which gave a nice smokey flavor to the wings. We tried the Fat Head’s Original Buffalo sauce, which added a nice kick to the wings. It wasn’t too spicy to overpower the other flavors, just enough heat to get my dad sweating a little bit.
We all really enjoyed our lunch here. I definitely want to go back sometime in the future. I just wish it wasn’t so far away.