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, beer-battered Brew City french fries or onion straws. Even the mac ‘n’ cheese, with its from-scratch cheese sauce, 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