Friday, November 18, 2011
On a recent post, I reviewed Fat's Grill in downtown Sugarhouse. Since I did not want to venture far, I decided to review Fiddler's Elbow. The first time I ate here was back in 2004 to watch an NBA Finals game. Every March, some friends and I meet here to watch March Madness basketball. Not having been since, and craving the food, I put together a last minute lunch with two good friends. There were no sports to watch on a Tuesday in November at noon; unless the Pakistan vs Australia cricket match interests you.
When my friend Justin arrived, he grabbed the menu but before reading it looked at me and said "what are you ordering? you always seem to know what to get?" I was flattered. The Foodie in me is being recognized.
The menu selection is not large. This is a brewery and the biggest part of the menu seems to be limited to alcohol. Since I am a Teetotaler (as written about here), I stick with the food; good food that is.
If you are going with a group, get the pulled pork nachos as an appetizer. It's a towering stack of chips covered in cheese, pulled pork (instead of chili), sour cream, guacamole, red onions, black olives, jalapenos, served with fresh salsa. Make sure your glass of water gets refilled often as there is a fire to this dish. You could also order this for your meal. Or better yet, do what I did last March. I got there first and ordered the nachos. Once my friends arrived, they couldn't resist and started munching. When the bill came, I had everyone throw in some money. Free nachos for me. J/K, I contributed.
Craving BBQ, when our waitress asked for our order, I was about to say the pulled pork sandwich; Until she told us about the specials. They had a prime rib sandwich served with horseradish on a soft homemade roll. I put down my menu and ordered that. My friends did likewise. It was delicious! The meat was tender and stacked thick in the sandwich. The creamy horseradish gave it a delicious bite. It didn't look like a large sandwich at first but ended up being very filling.
The fries were okay; nothing fancy-stick with Fat's for fries. I wish I had ordered the cream of mushroom soup as my side.
The food is great but Fiddler's can be loud. If you want a quieter place with the same great food, try Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta next door. Same owners, same kitchen, same great food.