Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe 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]

New Barbecue and Music Spot for Center City

hill country barbecue marketOn Philly Chit Chat, HughE Dillon is saying that Hill Country Barbecue and Market is coming to the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. Dillon says the New York-based barbecue joint is taking over the old liquor store at 1913 Chestnut Street.

Hill Country Barbecue and Market currently has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Washington D.C., each of which also offers live music.

If Hill Country does come to Philadelphia, the plans are in their infancy, no liquor license application has been applied for yet according to the PLCB’s system.

Pete Wells of the New York Times gave the Manhattan location two stars back in 2012.

Hill Country Barbecue and Market [Official]

Get a Smoked Holiday Ham from Fette Sau

fette sau hamFette Sau is offering smoked holiday hams for pickup at the Fishtown barbecue restaurant.

Take the stress out of preparing a holiday meal or be the hero that shows up with professionally smoked ham.

The hams are brined in Cheerwine and smoked in house.

You’ve got until Monday to order. A half-ham which serves 6-10 is $65. A whole ham is $125 and serves 10 to 16.

Fette Sau [Foobooz]

Fette Sau Turns One

Fette Sau - Prior to opening.

Fette Sau – Prior to opening.

Fette Sau is celebrating its first year in business. Today will feature live bluegrass from Keystone Mountain Boys & Girls plus food and drink specials.

Specials will include:

  • $7 Old Fashions and Manhattans made with Fette Sau’s Four Roses bourbon
  • Half off all draft beers (5-7pm), and $3 Narragansett Lagers all night
  • Food specials on the barbecue

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Dad’s Hat Whiskey Tasting at Percy Street


Tomorrow, Thursday, October 10th, Percy Street will be hosting Dad’s hat Rye Whiskey in a “Meet the Distiller” tasting event with local distillers, John Cooper and Herman Mihalich. The event costs $30 and requires reservations. At this point there are under ten remaining.

The tasting will consist of: a range of Dad’s Hat whiskeys, along with two cocktails, plus some light fare from Percy Street chef-owner Erin O’Shea.

Details of the tasting » 

Rex 1516 Debuts Barbecue Specials Tonight

rex2d2Tonight, Friday, September 13th, Rex 1516 chef Justin Swain is debuting his smoked meats program. Swain has been busy working Rex’s Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and he will be offering a weekly barbecue special.

first up is a pork shoulder and pork belly duo served with North and South Carolina barbecue sauces plus sides of macaroni salad and baked beans. The entire platter is just $25 and is available tonight through the weekend. Future weekend specials will feature other smoked meats and sides.

Rex 1516 [Official Site]

Blue Belly BBQ Now Offering Apps, Catering

Special bacon and cheddar meatloaf sandwich with pickled corn

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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Ron’s Ribs Looking to Return


Before South Street West was a thing, there was Ron’s Ribs. The venerable barbecue spot was praised from far and near. Sadly the shop closed back in 2010 as business dried up, in part because of the closing of the South Street Bridge. But now, with South Street west of Broad hopping, there’s hope that the sweet-smelling barbecue joint could be on the way back.

Brandon Washington, Ron’s son, owns the building and is looking to raise money to bring back the business. Washington who worked at Ron’s while growing up often sporta his vintage Ron’s Ribs t-shirt around town, and no matter where he is, he gets stopped and asked about the old rib shop. Its got to the point where Washington feels he has to bring back the business. Washington has all the original recipes and has experience working at Ron’s but is looking for an experienced operator to go in business with. In the meantime he’s raising money by selling Ron’s Ribs t-shirts.

So if you’d like to help Brandon out and see Ron’s Ribs return to South Street, buy a Ron’s Ribs t-shirt.

Ron’s Ribs [Facebook]
Ron’s Ribs [T-shirt Fundraiser]


Country & ‘Cue at Yards Brewery

Yards Brewery - Regional Brewery

July 4th is  obviously a big day for us in Philadelphia, and July 5th is usually spent in bed making our best efforts not to overdose on all the aspirin we think we need. But not this time. This July 5th will be vaguely familiar to the day before.

Starting at 4 p.m., Yards Brewery will be hosting a Country & ‘Cue: three country and bluegrass bands, jamming out around three top-tier food trucks (doing their take on BBQ), all accompanied by a bunch of Yards beer.

If you get a ticket »

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