- Neighborhood: Bella Vista
- 600 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-238-0615
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- Cuisine: Barbecue
- Alcohol: BYOB
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
We hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.
Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]
Blue Belly BBQ is adding an appetizer section to its menu of sandwiches and smoked meat platters. The Queen Village BYO is now offering smoked whole chicken wings, beer-battered onion rings, loaded tater tots and more.
The pint-sized global barbecues spot is also offering catering. Buy a half or full tray of meat and sides for a football game or just a baller night at home.
Blue Belly also has rotating daily specials (one of which is pictured above) and would like to remind you that BYO is always an option.
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Craig LaBan reviews Blue Belly BBQ on 6th Street on the border between Queen Village and Bella Vista and finds the sandwiches are the thing at Gene Giuffi’s small spot.
[T]he best reason to visit Blue Belly is ultimately its inventive sandwiches. That isn’t surprising, since it was initially conceived as a lunch option for the Bella Vista-Queen Village neighborhoods it serves.
And I find myself craving a number of Giuffi’s internationally inspired creations, at least with the appropriate sauce adjustments, as each one begged for just one more flavor flourish. A gingery Korean beef sandwich laced with spicy kimchi and crunchy fried shallots needed just a line of sweet barbecue sauce to be complete. The grilled jerk chicken breasts, aromatic with allspice, habanero powder, and the juicy pucker of pickled green tomatoes, demanded an extra spice-jolt of sambal-fired hot sauce. The slow-smoked cuminy lamb, so bold in its lambiness with radish and tortilla salad on top, needed vinegar sauce for moisture and tang.
Two Bells – Very Good
Blue Belly BBQ hours have recently been extended:
Sunday, Wed., Thurs: 12-8 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 12-9 p.m.