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Fat Heads South Side Saloon

1805 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA - (412) 431-7433
Posted By Jim Ellison on 3/8/2008 1:25:00 PM
In 2004, a national men’s magazine selected the ten best sandwiches in the country. One of these was the South Side Slopes Headwich at Fat Heads. I am sure the competition on the national level was impressive, but in Pittsburgh, it has to be overwhelming. The Iron City is home to several famous sandwiches: Islay's chipped ham, The Devonshire, and any sandwich at Primanti Brothers.

A headwich is a sandwich that is as big as a very large person’s head. Big as in scaring small children and people with weak constitutions. Fat Heads has 19 headwiches as well as highly-rated burgers, award-winning wings, sandwiches, and bar food. Pittsburgh loves Fat Heads; the saloon is frequently voted as among the best in the city.

Getting back to the nationally recognized sandwich... the headwich. The Southside Slopes Headwich consists of fried pierogies, kielbasa, American cheese, grilled onions, and horsey sauce on a giant, fresh bun that is specially made at a local bakery. The sandwich is barely held together by two of the biggest toothpicks I have seen in my life that spear an olive before they impale the headwich. Filling the rest of the plate is a large pile of freshly made potato chips with a wing sauce for dipping. All of this for a very reasonable $8.25.

And this headwich is not a fluke; the others are just as good. Fat Heads does not believe in false advertising. As an example, another headwich is called the Artery Clogger. No kidding here; this has two fried eggs, ham, bacon, and American cheese. All of the non-headwiches are equally appealing and can be washed down with an Iron City beer or any of the other 39 beers on tap. Fat Heads is a Pittsburgh destination and is worth the inevitable wait. There is plenty to do while you wait for a table. Whether tasting a new beer at the large bar or looking at all of the Fat Heads related merchandise and memorabilia in this two story monument to gluttony, you know that you have found a real Roadfood place.

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Pierogies, kielbasa... yep, that is a south side sandwich.
"Pierogies, kielbasa... yep, that is a south side sandwich."
Jim Ellison





The Sweet MB is another Fat Head's headwich that seems like it must have been created by a mad scientist.  It consists of Polish sausage, cut in half and grilled flat, salami, sauerkraut, provolone cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard.  Definitely not for the faint of heart!
"The Sweet MB is another Fat Head's headwich that seems like it must have been created by a mad scientist. It consists of Polish sausage, cut in half and grilled flat, salami, sauerkraut, provolone cheese, tomato and spicy brown mustard. Definitely not for the faint of heart!"
Cliff Strutz


A description of the famous artery clogger... indicative of the type of food Fat Head's offers.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"A description of the famous artery clogger... indicative of the type of food Fat Head's offers. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Mandy Steinhardt


Fat Heads in the South Side.  Good luck finding a parking spot.
"Fat Heads in the South Side. Good luck finding a parking spot."
Jim Ellison



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