Fette Sau(pronounced Feta- Sow) 1208 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125 visit website> menu>
Right next to Frankfort Hall you will see a sign that screams Fette Sau in pink neon. As you walk back the alley it opens up into a string of picnic tables and a southern style porch…that is begging for a jug of moonshine and is basically the movie Lawless (Tom Hardy) with the addition of heat lamps. Walk in the door and you will find a hipster BBQ haven that is meat-tastic from start to finish.
On Friday night I popped in for a little pre-party drink and I loved it so much I decided that I was going to bring the boys back for dinner. It may or may not of had something to do with the awesome bartenders that created and named a shot inspired by my ripped leggings called “get ripped.” Which of course….I highly suggest you try it. The bar top is actually the original one from Blue Angel (which old school Philadelphians will remember) and the bar seats are from tractors and surprisingly comfy. Meat cleavers have been repurposed for tap handles that are displayed in the center of a shiny white, subway titled wall that is encased by shelves of beautiful amber-colored varies of whiskey. Anyone that knows me knows that it is rare that I have a drink in my hand but I do love great design that makes me feel comfy, inspired and hipper than I really am 🙂
Anyway…. as soon as you walk in you are presented with heritage meats (think heirloom tomatoes) of all kinds in a giant case… pork belly, ribs, sausage, pulled pork and brisket just to name a few. I mean you are greeted right away with a giant pig head so you really have to be cool with that. Look at it this way it is not that different from a trip to the Italian market. So be prepated to pick your meat by the pound. They will then hand over your tray and you will slide on down and pick your sides. We did the burnt end baked beans, sauerkraut, asian coleslaw and of course pickles. Slide your tray on down a bit more and pick your vintage soda on ice or wait to grab your alcoholic beverages at the bar. Personally I am a HUGE fan of Mexican Coca-Cola and they have it.
Then grab a seat at the oversized booths, long reclaimed wooden tables or the bar and you are ready to enjoy. I would be remiss if I did not mention that each table is stocked with giant bottles of sauce for you to pick from. I had a great time with the boys at a table filled with BBQ, ginger ale and matchbox cars. The hub bub of the place and classic blues that are on constant rotation drown out any kiddie noise that you might be worried about. For dessert you can pick from brownies, key lime pie and cookies. When the boys were done they actually got out of the booth and started dancing to the blues….and of course made me join them. A perfect little ending to a good night that even the young hipsters that started to claim their seats at the bar appreciated.
Good to know:
There are a stack of high chairs in the corner
You order your food and seat yourself
All meats are naturally raised; hormone, antibiotic & steroid free
The sides are vegan friendly but that is about it
It is a great place for families and large groups
Plenty of room for a stroller if you have one
The parking has been pretty easy on both a Friday and Saturday night
It starts getting busy in there around 8:00pm. (perfect for families)
The whiskey collection is impressive (perfect for mommy)
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