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Philly BBQ Review of Fette Sau Philadelphia vs Bubba's Texas BBQ (Fishtown-Philadelphia PA)

Fette Sau Philly-

Opening night. Ordered 1/4 of Pork Belly - Very tender, spot on smoked pork flavor, a sausage link- smokey and perfectly seasoned, 1/4 rack of St. Louis style ribs, great flavor but a little dry but not bad. Sad to say they ran out of the brisket early in the evening. Beer selection is very good, locals and other craft brewerys on draught. I ordered a Buillet Rye Old Fashioned, but the bar did not have any fruit (orange, cherries or bitters), that was a disappointment. The lovely bartender did recommend a cocktail called the Fishtown ....*something* I forget the whole name, but it was a good substitute. I'd give the place a 4 or 5 out of 5 star rating, but I was disappointed in the the dry rack of ribs, running out of the brisket so early on in the evening and not having the apppropiate "basic" bar cocktail ingredients(fruit/bitters etc...).

It was Fette Sau's official public openining so I'll let them pass for now! Service was good, a little slow at the counter, but again they just opened. I think once they get the kinks out, they will be a real hit.

a just a block away..... Bubba's Texas BBQ

I checked out Bubba's Texas BBQ on their soft opening last weekend (Sunday), the joint was very busy, bar full and the tables were full. It was lunch time. The brisket was excellent- tender juicy smoked perfection, ribs were nicely smoked and moist and tender but not as flavorful as Fette Sau's rack...also, the Bubba's bartender Evan, had all the ingredients to make my Old Fashioned. Bubba's also has a nice selection of locals on draught and bottled beers. BT BBQ might be a smaller, local neigborhood BBQ joint, but they were very successful in providing really good BBQ and cocktails.
Also, a great place to watch your favorite sports at the bar or from the tables, as they have a couple flat screens at the bar and in the restaurant.

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  1. Thanks for the reviews. I want to check both out. Have you had Blue Belly BBQ is South Philly yet? I've only had the side dishes but they were awesome, especially the baked beans.

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    1. re: barryg

      Hopefully I will be hitting Fette Sau this weekend. I haven't tried Blue Belly seeing the mixed reviews and the fact that I don't want to be the next twitter feed.

      1. re: bluehensfan

        I want to give the places about a month so they can work out their kinks. I have a feeling they are going to be super crowded for a few weeks on the weekends. My Kensingtion/Northern Liberties friends/neighbors always get excited for any new restaurants in the area! How are the prices for both places? Affordable?

        I have high hopes for these 2 places!

        1. re: bluehensfan

          Fetty Sau's BBQ was very fatty and overpriced...

          1. re: bluehensfan

            Can you compare your findings to the Brooklyn location ?

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I haven't been there so I really can't compare. The only BBQ in NYC I ever tried was Virgil's which is so-so.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                Reason l asked was Fette Sau was awesome the two times l was there, brisket was better than Hill St which was very good as well and pulled pork was super too.,

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  I dunno. My brisket was so fatty and marbled that it tasked almost sickly velvety.

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    You can usually order the brisket lean at these places if that's what you prefer.

                    1. re: barryg

                      I shoulda done that. But even the "juicy" brisket at Percy St. was nothing remotely like this...

                      1. re: bluehensfan

                        Hm I guess Fette Sau uses a more marbled cut?

                          1. re: bluehensfan

                            Is that all fat or did you just gut and skin a whole rabbit at your table?

                            1. re: bluehensfan

                              Wow that is really fatty. I love fatty cuts but that looks like too much even for me. I wonder if the slicer was poorly trained.

                              1. re: barryg

                                I dunno. The brisket is at the bottom, the ribs are at the top (obviously), and next to it is pork belly (which I would expect to be fatty). But the brisket was so fatty and even the meaty parts were so marbled with fat that it had an odd texture, like almost velvety. I have eaten sweetbreads and odd stuff in the past but they did not approach this. Maybe Starr must be in cahoots with a cardiologist...

        2. Went this past Friday. Shared 1/2lb brisket, 1/2lb St Louis ribs, 1/4lb pulled pork, sausage and burnt end baked beans w/ a bud. We enjoyed everything. The ribs were a little dry but the smoked flavor and crust were delightful. Brisket was extremely tender falling apart as you picked it up. Not a scrap of pulled pork was left and the sausage may have been the highlight; flavor and texture were pleasing. Baked beans were spot on w/ enough smoke and sweet. I had a Forest & Main Solaire saison beer which paired perfectly with the food. Dry and spicy, it cleansed and refreshed the palate after each sip. They had rolls but disappointed they did not have cornbread. Not sure if cornbread is a universal BBQ thing actually. 
          Service was fine. It was crowded but I waited 20-25 minutes in line to place my order. It's similar to a deli stand where you wait in line then order and take it away to your table. The space is a good size now while the weather is still warm. But assuming that similar to Frankford Hall they'll drop the garage door as temperatures cool it'll cut the floor space and number of tables in half. 
          Overall I'd give the place an A-. Food was satisfying but again the St Louis ribs were a bit dry. But honestly I can't complain about anything else. Cost excluding 2 beers was $37 for both of us. I will be here too often. 

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          1. re: Chinon00

            Chinon did you go to Fette Sau or Bubba's. Wasn't quite clear from the thread.

          2. How's the atmosphere at Fette Sau for kids? I have a kid that loves, loves, loves BBQ, especially pulled pork, and we'd like to check it out. Any reason I should hesitate bringing a couple of kids over there?

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            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              None at all. Fette Sau seems entirely kid friendly and the setup is very similar to Frankford Hall (if that helps). Let me know what you think if you go.

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                Like many places it depends upon the time and day of week. Avoid Thurs-Sat after 8 and there should be no problem bringing kids.