It’s springtime in Philadelphia. Trees are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sumptuous smells of outdoor grilling and food trucks are wafting through the air. So what better way to embrace fun in the sun than with a good old-fashioned Brooklyn style barbeque?! The answer is simple - Fette Sau in Fishtown is Philly’s standout BBQ shack.

Fette Sau is a Stephen Starr collaboration inspired by Joe Carroll’s popular Brooklyn BBQ shack. While the concept derives from NY, have no fear - walk into Fette Sau for a minute and you’ll feel how Philly it really is! German for “fat pig,” Fette Sau specializes in dry-rubbed, locally sourced, house-smoked meats. Each bite visibly sizzles with flavor.

In Between Rivers sampled the Niman Ranch Prime Beef Brisket, Freebird Organic Chicken Legs, Smoke Deviled Eggs, and Burnt Ends Sandwich. Side options are all homestyle favorites like Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, and Mashed Potatoes. All sauces are house-made. Orders at Fette Sau are price by the pound, which makes gorging on smoke-infused comfort food surprisingly affordable.

This indoor/outdoor urban restaurant also offers an amazing happy hour.  Fette Sau’s indoor bar is inherently cool with vintage butchery blades serving as tap handles. Wash down a hearty mouthful of pulled pork with $5 Manhattans and Old Fashioneds and half-priced drafts. Happy Hour runs Mon-Fri from 5-7pm.

Picnic tables and heat lamps offer a relaxed, community atmosphere while the industrial-theme interior is perfectly suited to Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood. The lack of servers and dog-friendly environment also creates an approachable backyard feel. While you wait in line to order, you can even educate yourself on your favorite slice via the colorful meat cut diagrams decorating the walls.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a tray, and seat yourself!

Fette Sau
1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 391-4888