Happy Hour Spotlight: Fast Eddie’s
Fast Eddie’s | 7729 W. Ridgewood Dr. | Parma, OH
Greetings, friends. In my last blog, I wrote about an excellent lunch I had at Blue Ginger Asian Bistro in Parma. Today’s post again finds me in Parma, this time for happy hour. I guess you can call me Mr. Parma (said nobody ever). I kid, I kid. I have nothing against Ohio’s largest suburb. In fact, I work in Parma and frequent many of its restaurants and stores. One of those restaurants is Fast Eddie’s, located in the Shoppes at Parma (formerly Parmatown Mall). My mom and I paid a visit on Tuesday.
Fast Eddie’s has quite a history. Owned by Eddie Cerino, who also heads Eddie’s Pizzeria Cerino in Seven Hills, Fast Eddie’s is a reboot of a blast from the past: the former Fast Eddie’s that sat on Pearl Road—in the former Bearden’s Restaurant site—from 1985 to 1994. The current Fast Eddie’s is quite different from its predecessor, serving comfort food with a modern twist and sporting a contemporary, industrial-chic vibe. The restaurant features a private dining room, a wrap-around bar and an attractive patio. Staples on the menu include beer-battered onion rings, house burgers, classic meatloaf, a steak wedge salad, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and hand-dipped milkshakes. They also have daily Blue Plate Specials that include pork schnitzel, city chicken and chicken paprikash.
Happy hour at Fast Eddie’s is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., anywhere in the restaurant. The happy hour menu is wide-ranging and offers great value. Food specials include Bavarian pretzel sticks for $3.50; batter-dipped onion rings (which are gigantic) for $4; Kung Pao lettuce wraps for $5; fish tacos (two) for $5; and a 1/3-lb. cheeseburger and fresh-cut fries for $6. Drinks include $2 Bud Lite drafts; $2 cans of select domestic beer; $5 specialty drinks; and $1.50 off house wines.
My mom ordered the cheeseburger and fries, which were delicious. The burger was flavorful and juicy, while the fries were fresh and crispy. I selected the fish tacos and was thoroughly impressed. The battered cod—housed in warm tortillas—was crispy, effectively seasoned and topped with fresh cilantro-lime slaw and scallion mayo.
Fast Eddie’s happy hour has three qualities that make it stand out: generous portions, diverse offerings and the fact that it’s offered in the entire restaurant. The service on this visit—as well as previous ones—was stellar. The staff has always been welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable.
Rating Scale & Verdict
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🍷🍷🍷🍷 No debate here. Fast Eddie’s is one of my favorite happy hours—and restaurants—in the area. It’s affordable, serves great food and has a rich local history. What’s not to like? Cheers!