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Heroe's Bar & Grill
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
125 W Santa Fe
phone: (714) 738-4356
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I could've sworn that I reviewed Heroe's back in my first days of BA. Well, I guess I didn't. Heroe's is an institution in Orange County, and the dowtown Fullerton scene was almost exclusively born out of Heroe's success.
I have been a regular at Heroe's since it's opening. Actually was there before they had all of their paperwork in order, so they tapped a keg, and were just giving their beer away (ostensibly just for friends-ala private party style). Absolutely amazing what Jack and his crew created in such a small space, originally at the Villa del Sol in the heart of dowtown. The food was always very good, and the portions were huge, even in the early days. But for me, the beer selection was always excellent.
Back in the early 90's I told Billy, who helps handle beer ordering, about Stone starting to distribute to BJ's in Brea, so he called Stone, and became one of the first to pour Stone on tap in North OC. They take good care of their beer, cleaning their tap lines often--You wouldn't get an "off" beer at Heroe's. Now Heroe's anchors the SoCo district. The food is still very good, still served in huge portions, and they still have a great beer selection. If you are a BA, and in OC, it is a must stop for pub food and beer.
10-06-2012 23:48:38 |
More by 2beerdogs
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Heroes is located on the main drag in Fullerton on Harbor/Sante Fe. There is parking on the street throughout the area.
The space is fairly large with lots of high tables and the bar near one entrance. Table seating is more prevalent near the other entrance. The bar boasts a huge mirror and there are bison heads along with a clear view of all the taps. There are peanut shells everywhere as they are passed out to all patrons. In addition there is a beer menu available.
As for the taps, there are at least 100 which is amazing. However on closer inspection more than half are macros or common brews. Still there are plenty of gems including New Belgium, Pyramid, Stone, The Bruery, Bootlegger, Karl Strauss, Kona, Moylan's and many more. A good amount of imports as well.
Service was good on a weekday early evening. The bartenders had a good grasp of the beer list and made other recommendations on beer spots in the area.
I did not have any food on this visit (other than peanuts).
Overall this is a good spot to hit in Fullerton. Not the best to place to go if you want to try new brews all night but worthwhile nonetheless.
09-17-2010 20:05:37 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Went here sunday 11/8/09. Sat outside as to not wait for a table. They have a pretty good list of taps to choose from. I ended up going with a pint of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout at $6. It was the worst beer pour imaginable. I was outside so I did not witness it, so I'm not sure if the waitress poured the beer or bartender. The glass came to me with about 3/4 head and 1/4 beer, I was in conversation when it showed up so I waited untill the beer settled and it ended up less then 3/4 full, I informed the waitress she looked confused and came back with the beer topped off but still not a proper poor. The food is good and in large quantity.
11-09-2009 19:32:09 |
More by BdubleEdubleRUN
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I prefer to go to this Heroe's because they have a more extensive beer list. But that's just about the only reason.
I have been here a few times and each time I'm reminded of why I don't go here more often, despite the fact that it has one of the better tap lists in the area.
During the day or on a non-weekend night, it is okay. But if you're there on a Friday or Saturday night, or even on a Thursday, it's going to be FULL of the typically low-brow Downtown Fullerton Bar crowd.
The place itself is decorated with plenty of antique trinkets, signs, and even bicycles. Everyone is given packages of peanuts upon sitting down and throwing the shells on the floor is standard operating procedure.
The beer list is fairly large, offering a lot of Stone, some Anderson Valley, Bootleggers, Firestone, a few German beers, Chimay (Blue), and your typical Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Guiness, and a slew of BMC beers. Surprisingly they also have Lindeman's Framboise and Pomme, but both are bottles only and are pricey at $9 for a 375ml bottle. They also offer a few ciders.
The service is fine. Nothing to write home about, but never bad either. The one thing I would advise against is splitting up a check if you're with a group and everyone is paying separately. I've had HUGE problems with this here.
The food is your typical bar food. I generally get some sort of burger or sandwich, which are good, big and come with a ridiculously large order of fries. The sandwiches tend to be $9-12 with other dishes being the same or more expensive.
09-27-2009 19:36:55 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I came to the area on a business trip. I would've never heard of this place unless I met this group of guys prior to the Angels game.
This place was cool. Tons of great beers on draught and the food is good. The server wasn't that with it (my friend kept asking for bourbon and diet; she kept serving him scotch with an ice cube).
The food is enormous. If you are hungry, get a sandwich, because it is huge. The beers are served in big glasses as well.
Overall, I liked this place and would recommend it.
09-11-2008 13:40:12 |
More by DuqTroops
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Another place that I visit frequently...this is a great place to get some good beer! Located next to Fullerton College, many college students venture here to not only meet the opposite sex...but to obtain some good quality beer. Heroe's has a great selection of beer...I would say roughly 60 to 80 beers on tap. There is only two things I would have to criticize about there selection. First of all, they don't seem to change out any of there beers. Secondly, they don't have enough stouts. LOL. Other then that, this is a great place to go when you just want to hang out with your buddies and grab a pint.
08-15-2008 05:48:01 |
More by OlieIPA
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The place is real cozy. 113 beers on taps. The one gripe is there is no beer menu? You have to cruise down the bar and look over people two see what your next beer is going to be. The food was really top of the line for bar food. I had a really goood pattymelt and the portions are huge!! The staff was really nice and freindly.
The beer prices were reasonable I paid $6 for a Stone Ren.dbl. ipa and $4 for a Alaskan ipa.
The food is very reasonable for the portion size you get is huge and great quality.
08-09-2008 06:30:28 |
More by athensbeermaster
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I like Heroes. I usually visit once a month or so and I've been going for a few years.
It's always packed and it's always loud. Even when the place is a zoo, I usually have no problem walking up to the bar and getting a beer.
They have some where around 100 taps and there are always a few beers worth trying. They are light on the smaller craftier micro brews but have plenty of Anderson Valley, Firestone and Stone. There's a respectable selection of German/British imports.
The food portions are huge. Really, they're too big. The food is okay. It's never great and rarely bad.
It's worth a visit if you are in the mood to drink a lot.
03-27-2008 22:46:52 |
More by kbm
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Great college bar if you want a happening spot with a fun atmosphere and a wide range of beer choices. However, for beer geeks this in not a place to find any "special" beers. Although they had what seemed like a 50 draft beers, 80-90% of them are really nothing special -all of these are regularly available at most supermarkets. Out of the 6-7 left that were interesting, 4 were tapped out.
The nachos were a good deal, a half order of nachos was enough for 3 people.
6$ for a 13oz pint of local microbrew (non-belgian)seems a little high in my book.
Great place to party. If you're really looking for good beer, go to Taps Fish House, blows this place out of the water for quality of beer.
01-03-2008 05:01:11 |
More by BeerDonkey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Great selection of food and beer. More beer on tap than anyone can drink in a week. With about 100 more or less available there are several to make everyone happy. I don't remember if I had four IPA's and five Stouts or five IPA's and four Stouts (I do remember not driving) but the selection was good.
The food was also top notch (especially for a bar) and the employees are friendly and helpful. This is a great place to toss back a few when in the OC. So stop by and eat, drink and bring a designated driver.
12-24-2007 06:13:17 |
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Heroe's Bar & Grill in Fullerton, CA