Monday, March 28, 2011

If You Happen to be in the Big 'Burgh- Fat Head's Saloon

1805 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh

Every once in a while a Suburghian girl treks to the big city for a bite to eat.  After spending a few hours at the Carnegie Science Museum, we had worked up an appetite and decided to head to Fat Head's Saloon for a big bite to eat and some brews.  I had been hearing the buzz about their new Flat Heads- panini-grilled wraps, and knew I had to try one for myself.
So, let's get to it.

From top to bottom:
  • Fat Head's Saloon carries a rotating selection of 42 taps. Yes, 42 taps!  They typically offer about 4 drafts from their own brewery located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Since spring is in the air, I decided on a fruity, light beer- the Blue Point Blueberry Ale. I would describe it as like drinking blueberry muffins infused with beer. :)
  • This is the famous Fat Head's Global Wall.  Patrons take their pics in Fat Head's gear from points all over the world. Take your pic, send it in, and invite your friends to take the Fat Head's Global 30 challenge.  ;)
  • The Southside Flats Flat Head- Fat Head's is known for their overly generous portions of food, and this is still the case when you order a veghead option.  The Southside Flats is a panini-pressed wrap stuffed with perfectly marinated portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, spinach, sweet caramelized onions, and the signature ingredient- the garlic parm mayo.  The wrap usually comes with goat cheese, but I substituted mozzarella. As with all their sandwiches and wraps, it came with a heaping side of their homemade potato chips.
What you need to know before you go:
  • Parking is metered along Carson Street during the day, so bring change.  There is also a pay parking lot directly across the street from Fat Head's.  You must pay to park there until 11pm, 7 days a week.  It does take credit cards.  Parking is free on most side streets if you can find a spot.  But pay attention to the parking restriction signs!
  • Be prepared to wait.  There is almost always a wait at Fat Head's.  They do take your cell number, so you can explore Carson Street while waiting for your table- they will call you.  Or you could also just go to the bar and order a brew. ;)
  • Once you have finished eating (or boxed up what you couldn't finish), make sure to visit the 6 Pack Shop, a beer carryout and Fat Head's gear shop located upstairs before you leave.
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  1. Very nice write up! I am a HUGE fan of Fat Head's here in Cleveland. I've written a few reviews about them. Head Hunter is my favorite beer. I hope to get to the Burgh soon to review the one there. (I've been there, but years ago before I started writing!)

  2. Thank you very much, Brad! :) I have never been to the one in Cleveland, but would love to get up there and visit the brewery sometime.

  3. Great review-- I'm a HUGE fan of Fat Heads.

    Must try the Spicy Parm wings if you haven't already--they are out of this world!

    Love the blog!