I guess I am not surprised to see this place on ratebeer, but I don’t consider it a good beer place. Yes they have a lot of beers on tap, but they don’t really appeal to the ticker nor the person who is looking for a high quality beer. Beers ordered at the table were Drakes 1500 and 2 Union Jacks. All were quite stale. The food is pretty crappy, and stupid sized portions...Salads seem to have multiple heads of lettuce...ridiculously sized portions (plates that are piled high and probably 18-20 inches in diameter). Service was inattentive. Not a good place to be honest.
I stopped in for lunch this afternoon. This was my first time here in almost a decade. I hoped that they would have improved. I was wrong. One person in our group had to order three times (from the menu mind you) to get a beer they actually had. The servers knew absolutely nothing about beer, which isn’t normally a big deal to me but she was very confused. She looks like she had a rough night; maybe she had a concussion or something. She had a hell of a shiner on her cheek and was trying desperately to cover it up with makeup. The service was slow all around. It’s basically self seating as far as I can tell since there is no host. After 10 minutes of waiting I walked around until I found a server and asked for some menus. The server (at this point it was a guy, before he disappeared and I flagged down the one that had presumably been in a bar fight recently) asked right away what we wanted to drink and when we asked for a beer menu he took a while to get it. After that he didn’t take our order since he was giving us time to read the menu. This is where I had to flag down the waitress.
In addition to this the place is the usual noisy college bar, especially during a Sunday during football season. The food was pretty good. They believe in the all-American menu of large portions and American-style food. I got the southwest burger with bacon on it and not only was the burger very large the oversized plate was full of curly fries. I ate the burger (the whole thing admittedly) and left the fries. So the food is worth it but the beer selection sucks. There were two Drake’s hoppy offerings, both good. I went with the 1500 pale ale. The rest were macros and large not-quite-macro breweries like Widmer. They did have one local beer on from a place out in Riverside called Packing House.
So on top of all the above they managed to charge my credit card for the whole tab despite handing them some cash, instructing them "some in cash, the rest on the card", and having the server repeat it back to me. The $5 tip on a $45 sub total seems too generous in retrospect.
(Visited 08/2010): Heroes is located on the main drag in Fullerton on Harbor/Sante Fe. There is parking on the street throughout the area.
The space is fairly large with lots of high tables and the bar near one entrance. Table seating is more prevalent near the other entrance. The bar boasts a huge mirror and there are bison heads along with a clear view of all the taps. There are peanut shells everywhere as they are passed out to all patrons. In addition there is a beer menu available.
As for the taps, there are at least 100 which is amazing. However on closer inspection more than half are macros or common brews. Still there are plenty of gems including New Belgium, Pyramid, Stone, The Bruery, Bootlegger, Karl Strauss, Kona, Moylan’s and many more. A good amount of imports as well.
Service was good on a weekday early evening. The bartenders had a good grasp of the beer list and made other recommendations on beer spots in the area.
I did not have any food on this visit (other than peanuts).
Overall this is a good spot to hit in Fullerton. Not the best to place to go if you want to try new brews all night but worthwhile nonetheless.
I have been here a few times and each time I’m reminded of why I don’t go here more often, despite the fact that it has one of the better tap lists in the area.
During the day or on a non-weekend night, it is okay. But if you’re there on a Friday or Saturday night, or even on a Thursday, it’s going to be FULL of the typically low-brow Downtown Fullerton Bar crowd.
The place itself is decorated with plenty of antique trinkets, signs, and even bicycles. Everyone is given packages of peanuts upon sitting down and throwing the shells on the floor is standard operating procedure.
The beer list is fairly large, offering a lot of Stone, some Anderson Valley, Bootleggers, Firestone, a few German beers, Chimay (Blue), and your typical Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Guiness, and a slew of BMC beers. Surprisingly they also have Lindeman’s Framboise and Pomme, but both are bottles only and are pricey at $9 for a 375ml bottle. They also offer a few ciders.
The service is fine. Nothing to write home about, but never bad either. The one thing I would advise against is splitting up a check if you’re with a group and everyone is paying separately. I’ve had HUGE problems with this here.
The food is your typical bar food. I generally get some sort of burger or sandwich, which are good, big and come with a ridiculously large order of fries. The sandwiches tend to be $9-12 with other dishes being the same or more expensive.
Losts of good beer on tap and there food portions are huge. It dose get a little roudy sometimes but if you want a night out without having to order a bud light its good place to go.
ADfan (26) Orange County, California | December 28, 2010
Sat at the bar for lunch on a Tuesday when it wasn’t too busy so I had a chance to talk to the bartenders. We had some good conversation about the different beers. A lot of the usual beers on tap pretty heavy on the American side. I liked some of the seasonal"s they had available. All total about 110 - 115 on tap.