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The Fat Ham

3131 Walnut St. (S. 32nd St.) Send to Phone
Kevin Sbraga celebrates all things porcine at this Southern-style spot.
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Cuisine
Open
Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Open late Fri.-Sat.
Features
  • Dress code: Smart casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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The Fat Ham Restaurant Review

: The pig reigns supreme at The Fat Ham, the second restaurant from “Top Chef” winner Kevin Sbraga. The intimate University City spot celebrates Southern-style cuisine --- particularly pork --- with a series of small plates with rich, powerful flavors. The pig is well-represented via images of the animal decorating the walls and on the plate. You can go whole hog via dishes such as pork belly, with intensity leavened by the accompaniment of fennel salad, and pulled pork, served with classic white bread and a pickle. Or choose among selections using pork as an accent: shrimp and grits (country ham); collard greens (pork shank); and the unusual charred cabbage (pork rinds). But there’s also plenty to like in the addictive fried green tomatoes with horseradish and sour cream; Southern-style hummus with boiled peanuts; and grilled trout with Brussels sprouts and pecan butter. Plus, what (virtual) trip down South would be complete without fried chicken? The Fat Ham's “hot chicken” doesn't disappoint, combining crunchy skin, moist meat and a satisfying kick. The South also figures mightily in the beverage program that emphasizes the Boulevardier and other bourbon-infused classics, barrel-aged cocktails such as the rye-based 3131, seasonal juleps, sweet teas and the requisite craft beers. Desserts --- including a banana pudding and chocolate chip cookie skillet --- aren't as decadent as you might expect, but still satisfy.

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