Posted By Mandy Steinhardt
1/27/2008 11:39:00 PM
Fat Heads is probably a must-see on anyone's Pittsburgh visit. While the wait can be long, my group didn't mind because it gave us a chance to sample some of the 100 or so reasonably-priced beers on tap and sidle in at the crowded bar. My friends mentioned that this is one of those bars that gets crowded earlier in the evening and not so much late-night.
Table management is brisk so we were seated after about 30-45 minutes (who keeps track after a few brews?). The fried mushrooms, coated in an herbed batter, are served with a mild horseradish sauce on the side. The pierogies, with a side of sour cream, are my favorite; total comfort. They are fried crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The boys loved the wings and we all devoured the mushrooms.
We were full by the time the sandwiches arrived but that couldn't stop us from digging in. The sandwiches come speared with toothpicks and olives, making them look like a huge smiling face. We had to cut them in half just to get a bite to fit in our mouths. I could only finish half of my sandwich, a ham and Swiss topped with chicken spinach artichoke dip and tomato, then fried on the grill. Even the ham inside is fried on the grill! The sandwiches come with a side of chips, and the burgers are sided by fries (as if you'd have room for them). Children receive portions bigger than their heads. This place truly lives up to the name; with a sandwich called the Artery Clogger (although that name could apply to all of them) you know what you're getting into. Even the salads have cheese, bacon, and potatoes in them.
While we meant this place to be a starting point for our night, after our indulgences we needed to rest and digest. A place not to miss! See the website for brews and menu.
"Pierogies, kielbasa... yep, that is a south side sandwich."
"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!"
"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."
"Fat Heads in the South Side. Good luck finding a parking spot."