I finally made it to these two places today. They are certainly a step up from what usually passes for Southern style barbecue in Philadelphia; especially Fette Sau.
We hit Bubba's first:
My wife, another couple and I ordered the platter that is supposed to be for two people, but which came with plenty for the four of us, without taking into account that we were going to another barbecue place right after we finished there. We went with pulled pork, brisket, chicken, beans, green beans and greens. It also came with outstanding corn bread and half-sour pickles, which I love. We ordered the bacon mac-and-cheese as well:
From Bubba's we walked the two blocks to Fette Sau, which also has a location in Brooklyn. While I enjoyed Bubba's and would call it at least as good as the other places I've tried in this region, I would say Fette Sau has by far the best Southern-style barbecue I've eaten in the Philly area.
Meat is ordered by the pound at the butcher counter-window:
We went with brisket, pulled pork, a beef short rib and pork belly, as well as burnt-end baked beans and mushrooms:
Having praised it to the sky, next time I would ask them to cut the brisket from a slightly less fatty end. Three types of sauces - hot, sweet and vinegar - are offered on the table. I used a little bit of sweet sauce, but the meat didn't need much help. That brisket was so tender and moist that I think it may have broken apart if I had breathed on it a little too hard.
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