Kevin Sbraga is opening his second restaurant in University City this fall. The Fat Ham promises to bring the heart of the South to Philadelphia. The Fat Ham will replace Tria Wine Room at 3131 Walnut Street. Sbraga was inspired to open a Southern cuisine restaurant in Philadelphia after the reception his country fried lobster received at his eponymous restaurant. Sbraga’s menu at The Fat Ham will be pork-centric, reflecting dishes found at Sunday suppers and on country porches across the South. Look for house made pickles, hot sauce, buttermilk, and fresh macaroni to share the menu with chef Sbraga’s twists on country ham, chicken-fried steak, and hot fish.
Country Fried Lobster
Smoked Lamb Ribs
with green beans and ham
with smoked gemelli pasta and tomato gravy
with benne seed, peanuts, and hot vinegar dressing
Pepper Crusted Bacon
with quail egg, coffee, and arugula
The cocktail menu will focus on whiskey and bourbon. At least two cocktails will be offered on tap at The Fat Ham including a seasonal julep and sweet tea. Several Philadelphia-area beers will be available on draft and Southern beers offered by the bottle.
The Fat Ham will be significantly smaller than Sbraga, with just seating for 45-guests in the dining room and outdoor area. Eimer Design, which designed Sbraga will design the space.