Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I Understand the Name...

The first time I went to Fat Cats in Tremont was almost two years ago, and at the time I had stated that I wanted to come back and bring my foodie boyfriend. Well it is so darn tucked away on West 10th Street, that I forget about it when selecting a Tremont restaurant. Luckily, it sprung into my head on Friday evening when we were trying to decide where to go to dinner. This funky, trendy, laid-back restaurant is not only known for its good food but its amazing view of the city. We had the pleasure of dining during the Friday fireworks show at the Cleveland Indians' game, which was outstanding! The restaurant has a perfect view (with a few branches in the way) of Progressive Field and the city skyline. They also have a nice little (and I do mean little) patio outside for warm weather dining.

Now on to the delicious food...we started with a spicy shrimp appetizer served with mango salsa that was a special that evening. The rub was a little dry, but overall we were happy. The juicy mango helped balance the dish. "R" had the Hanger Steak with pommes frites, spring greens, house Worcestershire sauce, and added bleu cheese sauce. The steak was cooked medium rare, and it was simply perfection. The bleu cheese sauce was not overpowering and added a little something special to the steak. I had the penne special with sweet sausage, mushrooms and green beans in a spicy marinara sauce. I was torn between this dish and the scallops entree, but the waitress recommended the penne. She was right! The sausage was sweet with just a little kick to it. The sauce was delicious and left me wanting more. As if we weren't full enough, we ended with the cheese plate appetizer for dessert. The two of us can never turn down a good cheese platter. It consisted of three goat cheeses (all soft), walnuts, and pickled grapes. I think the assortment would have been better with at least one hard cheese selection, but overall I enjoyed all three options. The unusual piece of the dish were the pickled grapes. It sounds so odd, but they were strangely good.

If you are looking for a laid-back, comfortable dining experience with excellent food and an amazing view, I highly recommend Fat Cats. This is one little restaurant that I will no longer overlook! It left us smiling and feeling like happy "fat cats".

Fat Cats
2061 West 10th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

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