fette sau

After a small batch tour and several beers at the Brooklyn Brewery, I went over to Fette Sau for a super indulgent, but downright delicious dinner.

Fette Sau is one of those BBQ joints where you order your food by the pound. Fueled by lots of Brooklyn beer, I chose well for my party of four. We got pork belly, sausage, beef brisket, boneless ribs, a side of German potato salad, and a side of burnt end baked beans.

This dinner was fantastic. Everything was delicious but the standouts were definitely the pork belly and the baked beans. The pork belly was tender, juicy, and served in slices about a 1/4″ thick! The burnt end baked beans were easily the best baked beans I’ve ever had. It’s honestly just one of those things that you’re just going to have to try to believe me.

You can also order beer in large quantities too. We had one gallon (yup, a gallon) of Sixpoint Vienna Pale to wash everything down.

I did absolutely nothing after dinner because the deep, deep food coma I was in but oh, was it worth it though. Definitely looking forward to coming back!

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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percy street barbecue

My father is a huge meat eater/lover and it was his birthday recently so I figured Percy Street Barbecue would be a great choice for his birthday dinner.

The restaurant has a casual feel – large tables with long benches to sit on, music playing at a reasonable volume, full height windows/doors slide open to let fresh air in when the weather is beautiful, which it was last week!

smoked chicken wings

For appetizers, we ordered smoked chicken wings and jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. The smoked chicken wings were served with okra and onion. I almost always pass on raw onion, it’s just too potent (unless it’s on a burger). The wings had good smoked flavor and I enjoyed the okra, despite bad okra experiences in the past. I was shocked that they served the full wing, all the way to the end. Not that this was a bad thing, just not used to it.

Now the jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. I love cornbread, and this was delicious. The cornbread was moist, had its characteristic sweetness, and was followed up by cheesiness and heat from the jalapenos. If I come here again, I’m definitely ordering that.

jalapeno-cheddar cornbread

There were six different meats on the menu: brisket, chicken, sausage, pork belly, pulled pork, and pork ribs. We all ordered the “double down” (no, not the KFC double down), which was a 1/4 lb. of 2 meats plus 2 sides. The standard platters come with a 1/2 lb. of meat and 2 sides. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any sausage. They actually didn’t have any for a week or so.

pork belly & ribs w/ sweet potatoes & coleslaw

Since we all got “double-down”s, all the meats were on the table and everyone got to try a little bit of everything. I personally chose the brisket and chicken, with sides of german potato salad and pinto beans.

Percy Street also offers three different sauces to accompany your meal: original, spicy, and sweet. The spicy I felt to be a tad too overwhelming and the original to be too boring. The sweet was my sauce of choice. Accompanying the meats were onions and pickles. The server also brought out a bunch of sliced white bread.

My favorites of the night were the chicken and pork belly. They were cooked perfectly and tasted great. I enjoyed my sides of potato salad and pinto beans too!

brisket & chicken w/ german potato salad & pinto beans

I’ve only had one other BBQ experience, excluding chain restaurants, back in February at Hill Country in NYC. I guess I enjoy BBQ, but it’s not something I go out of my way for. Percy Street is a great option down here in Philly and I’ll keep it in mind if I ever get a hankering for BBQ.

Have you been to Percy Street Barbecue before? What are your thoughts?

Percy Street Barbecue
900 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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hill country

Thanks to a RT from Amy Blogs Chow, I found about this place called Hill Country, a Texas BBQ restaurant in Manhattan. It’s been a while since I’ve had some good BBQ (I was assuming it was good) so I was pretty stoked.

My friends and I arrived and noticed a large open room with tables scattered surrounding a line in the center of the restaurant. I was pretty confused. Do we order there? Is that a separate line for people taking out? Why are we being given cards to place our order on then?

After being seated and looking at our menu cards for a bit, we ordered our beverages and then realized that you indeed have to wait in that line to get your food, but you bring your card too and the person at the counter marks your card for what you got. Pretty simple.

We all got beers for our beverages….all but my friend Flynn…he opted for Texas’s own, Big Red soda. The beverages came to the table, and the Big Red stood out like a sore thumb. It was a bright red, similar to the color of those FlaVorIce ice pops. Now, you’re thinking it probably tasted like sugar too. Oh yes it did. It tasted like cherry Bazooka bubble gum…or similar to that (I thought). Definitely don’t think I could drink too much of that though.

flynn and his big red

On to the food…there were so many different cuts and types of meat that while waiting in the long line I still couldn’t quite decide on what I wanted. Under pressure at the counter I ordered 1/4 of a roast chicken, dark meat (even though they gave me white), 1 pork rib, 1 slice of beef brisket…and I thought I was done, until I noticed the specials menu where I saw beef short rib….without thinking, I added one of those. That sucker was friggin huge. instantly adding a pound to the food I already had. I didn’t plan on eating a lot so my mindset was, eh, whatever, I’ll share it with the guys.

After that counter, I went with the guys to the sides counter. where I ordered nothing since there was way too much food on my plate already. Friends ended up getting sides of corn bread, chili, green bean casserole, and mac and cheese. Oh, and the meals come with your choice of bread or crackers…and they friggin give you like half a sleeve of crackers!

Please excuse the following awful iPhone picture.

Everything was delicious. I was not too pleased when I realized that I was given white meat when I sat down, but whatever, what’s done is done and honestly, that was some of the best white meat chicken I’ve ever had…tender, juicy, and tasty. That short rib was another favorite. A super expensive special (around 22 – 25 per pound…and this one rib was almost a pound and a half!)…but totally worth the money spent. Extremely tender and tasty meat. I also got to try a couple things that my friends got such as the mac and cheese, jalapeno sausage, and corn bread.

It was a damn satisfying meal…though I definitely ordered way too much. Perfect place to go if you wanna put yourself into a food coma, then go home and sleep…but also perfect for having a delicious BBQ meal!

P.S. Call ahead if you’re going with a group…it gets pretty busy!

Hill Country
30 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

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