A fish fry should be all about the fish. But we can’t stop thinking about Firehouse Grille & Pub’s sides hustle.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold-battered or broiled Icelandic cod ($12.99 regular and $13.99 all-you-can-eat) comes with two sides such as house-made coleslaw (the slight bite of horseradish is not to be missed), beer-battered Brew City french fries or onion straws. Even the mac ‘n’ cheese, with its from-scratch cheese sauce and breadcrumb topping, has us daydreaming of meals at the Willoughby restaurant long after we left.
“People usually get the french fries and coleslaw,” says owner Marty Graham, “but a lot of these other sides go great with the fish. The mac ’n’ cheese is the perfect comfort food.”
The Lenten event, which is all-you-can-eat on Fridays, packs the 7,000-square-foot restaurant — a spacious, converted firehouse — to the brim. “We’re serving around 300 per night,” says Graham. “We’ve fine-tuned to maximize every square inch.”
They’re so focused on knocking each dish out of the park, Graham designated a staff member to oversee most menu items.
“In the kitchen, there are stations added just for fish. There’s a guy who just does coleslaw,” Graham says. “Everyone works so hard and really enjoys it.” Fridays during Lent 11 a.m.-midnight. 2768 Stark Drive, Willoughby Hills, 440-943-4983, firehousegrilleandpub.com