Hipster Hot Spot #1389: Fatty’s Public House - West Hollywood

What do you get when you pair eclectic dishes with strong-ass drinks? Fatty’s Public House in WeHo of course!

The former residence of Fatty Arbuckle is now a newborn gastropub on the west side of La Cienega Blvd, smack dab in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. If you weren’t that hungry on your way, you’ll be good and starved by the time you find parking. ($8 Valet)

Fatty’s is a bit fancier than our usual hangouts, but pinch your pennies and trust that it’ll be worth the splurge. Super mellow by day, hipster hot spot by night.

Let’s get down to business. The first thing I did was take advantage of their full bar. All of the signature crafted cocktails sounded great, but I picked “Life of the Party” because I’m modest. My wilder friend went for “Desert Hero” for more of a kick.


On left: Life of the Party
Hendricks – St. Germain – Grapefruit – Champagne

On right: Desert Hero
Milagro Blanco – Cilantro – Cucumber – Serrano – Lime – Agave

Once we got a nice buzz goin’, we ordered their bomb.com bacon and balsamic brussels sprouts. That was my favorite item on Fatty’s menu, and it’s the main reason I want to go back soon! Heaven in thy mouth. A minor warning that it’s quite heavy, but you’re allowed to be a fatty at Fatty’s, right? Honorable mentions: the root veg hash (a respectable combo of sweet potes ’n veggies) and the mussels (generous portion for a starter, with chorizo and bread). Here’s an awkward family photo of those guys:


Drunk and pleased, we moved on. I tested out the lambdog (a lamb hot dog, of course) and the bratwurst, which I can never say no to, and the Germans won by a landslide. I’m glad Fatty’s recently added the latter to their menu. Smart choice. The lambdog’s Indian raita sauce didn’t do it for either of us.

On to the final item: shortrib pizza with blue cheese and arugula. Thankfully, the blue wasn’t overpowering. No complaints, but I wish there was a fourth topping to add some pizzazz. See what I did there?


Our waitress Tatiana (holla!) gave lots more recommendations that we had to pass on. Here were her menu tips:
French dip: prime rib on a French roll with au jus – a big hit
Tuna tartar: avocado mousse and spicy tuna – appetizer
Chicken & waffles: self-explanatory, but I hear they kick Roscoe’s ass – served all day every day
Cucumber roll: spring veg with peanut sauce – vegan
Chocolate bomb: the dessert that I will save belly room for during my next visit

The lowdown:

Fatty’s Public House
829 N La Cienega
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour
M-F: 11 am–2 am
Sat/Sun: 10 am–2 am
½ off burgers on Mondays
½ off pizzas on Tuesdays
AND they’ve got a crazy DIY Bloody Mary bar on weekends


by Jasmine Terzian
Jasmine swears she was a hipster before being hipster was cool