The Fat Ham
The Fat Ham

The Fat Ham

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fat-ham.com/
  • Phone: (215) 735-1914
  • Hours of Operation:
    Reservations for parties over 4 guests must be made by telephone.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Sbraga
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available. Please contsat the events department

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut
  • Public Transit: The restaurant is closest to the 30th St Station, as well as 32nd and Walnut bus routes 21 and 42.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Fat Ham
Chef and Owner Kevin Sbraga’s
second restaurant brings the heart of the South to the University City neighborhood of
Philadelphia with his signature “no boundaries” approach to cuisine. Drawing inspiration from
the ingredients, culinary traditions, heritage, and homes of the South, Chef Sbraga’s menu
reflects dishes found at Sunday suppers and on country porches, all served alongside The Fat
Ham’s seasonal cocktails.
The inspiration for The Fat Ham’s design comes from houses found in the rustic Southern
countryside, featuring an eclectic combination of glasses, tableware and chairs. While
the pork-centric menu explores heritage breeds and Southern staples such as sorghum butter,
benne seeds, pimento cheese, and Carolina gold rice. Chef Sbraga brings a home-style touch to
the menu with house-made pickles, pepper sauce, buttermilk, and fresh macaroni sharing the menu with reimagined twists on country ham, hot chicken, and boiled peanuts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Fat Ham reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (103)neighborhood gem (58)hot spot (50)vibrant bar scene (29)special occasion (23)late-night find (12)good for groups (11)romantic (9)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Sbraga delivers again
    RookieMistake
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I'll limit my review to two important words: hot chicken.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was my third time to Fat Ham...Great southern food and it isn't all about the pig! The mustard greens salad is outstanding, as is the peanut hummus with grilled bread. Shrimp and grits is a stand out dish, aso love the blackened catfish. I am less impressed with the infamous "hot" chicken. I don't think it is THAT hot and I am not a fan of fried foods. Service is friendly, attentive and knowledgable. Oh, and the cocktails are creative. One in our party ordered a grapefruit vodka drink that came in a copper mug. Very cool.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great place in U City - vibrant scene, awesome service - amazing whiskey list and very tasty cocktails. As for the food - not one dish is sub par,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and great drinks, but pace too fast
    PeanutsVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The food was very good and the cocktails were terrific, with an exceptional brown liquor selection from which to choose. Still, the pace was way, way too fast. We went on a Thursday evening, with no event for which to rush, an made it clear that we wanted a relaxed pace if they could do so and not mess up anyone else's reservation. We then ordered seven different plates for two people, plus dessert . . . and we were done in an hour. If we had been any more rushed, I would have expected one course to be a Happy Meal. This is a very good restaurant, but at this price point and with this much buzz, they should really be able to accommodate guests who want a chance to relax and enjoy the experience.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FAT HAM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed Fat Ham's small plates. We ordered several different plates and was impressed by them all. I particularly enjoyed the oyster dish. Fat Ham also has a very impressive list of whiskey and brandy . To top it off, the staff was tremendous towards us. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern Food
    ShareegVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The menu is short and sweet. I loved the way there was pork in so many of the dishes in settle ways. The cabbage was very filling and unique, I love the cracklings on top and the cheese and tomato. The collard greens were tasty. The fried chicken was super crispy, and juicy . The shrimp and grits were to die for, best dish of the night for me. Both fish dishes were made well. The cornbread was a little burned on top and mushy inside, it was the only let down. The sweet tea was a dream, I mean good. It was a small, cozy place and even though we were the last reservation 9:45 we were not rushed. Kevin Sbraga was actually there and that was cool to see. This place is solid. Great friendly attentive service, authentic southern meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky enough to meet Kevin Sbraga!
    momsinc
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We had a delicious meal at The Fat Ham celebrating our son's acceptance into a research position in Germany. Kevin Sbraga stopped by to check on the restaurant, and it was exciting enough just to see him there. Suddenly, he appeared at our table with extra bread for our delicious hummus. He was so friendly, and allowed us to snap a photo. The best part was that he didn't attempt to reveal his identity. He was just acting like one of the servers which we thought was amazing. He did have his "chef" gear on, but I'm betting that plenty of the diners didn't even know who he was. My husband and I are huge Top Chef fans, and we couldn't have been happier with our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast... Really Fast
    anthonyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Sunday Supper was amazing... but fast. Wait staff was super attentive... almost too attentive that we felt like we were being rushed. Seats are limited since the space is small so maybe that's why they were quick. We were recommended an alcoholic drink but it didn't taste good (subjective) so they had no problem taking it back and not charging us. It was our anniversary and a card was waiting for us at our table which was cute but then every staff member that served us kept saying "happy birthday". No biggie. Advice for vegetarians: tell them in advance so they don't start rolling in food with ham on the mac and cheese and such! Overall good time and cute place!
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  • Southern-fried heaven
    Poetguy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I and 2 friends were delighted with Fat Ham. The ambience is chic & intimate, and the Walnut St. Bridge location adds an air of secret exclusivity. Each of us ordered two plates and were quite satisfied, as the food is suprisingly heavy for small plates. Standouts were the chicken & dumplings--rich, fatty & warming, and the fried chicken--tender with a light tangy coating, both superb noveau renditions of classic southern dishes. The wine list was impressive-- I had a delicious smoky cab, and one friend had a tasty Boulevardier cocktail. Our only caveat is the house policy of ordering all dishes at once. Being hungry upon sitting down, we wanted to order a couple dishes ASAP, but the waiter informed us of the policy, without explanation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    TexasMoVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I have eaten here many times and it is always a great meal. The Southern Hummus, Collard Greens, and Hot Chicken are always ordered and never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Supper!
    favabeanVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Fat Ham serves a family style "Sunday Supper" with tastes of about 8 dishes (some menu favorites, some off menu surprises). At just $30 per person, this is one of the best values in town right now.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny Venue w/EXCELLENT Food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I are out for dinner at least twice a week and have tried scores of restaurants in Philadelphia. The Fat Ham is one of our favorite restaurants in the city when we desire a great food experience. The place is small in size but BIG on service and its ability to deliver an amazing food experience. Prior reservations are suggested as this place is small and fills up quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything we tasted was fabulous
    phillyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Each dish we had was as good or better than the last. The cocktails were creative and delicious. Next time, I must try a whiskey flight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spraga's Fat Ham is Oustanding
    PhattPhillyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Chef Spraga has created a space where southern comfort food has crashed into fine dining and the outcome is not an accicident but rather a well sturctured to serve great food in an uncomplicated setting. Yes it small, but that engergetic feel is part of the ambiance that will keep you coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ASDPA
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food we had was excellent. Disappointed that 2 items we wanted to try were out for the night (mac and cheese and oyster sliders). The restaurant is very small and we waited about 25 minutes past our reservation to be seated, but the hostess was very attentive to the delay and we were given 2 free apps by the manager for the wait. Will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Delicious!!
    KLloyd
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I went to The Fat Ham with my son and his girlfriend for his 23rd birthday - what a wonderful surprise. EVERYTHING on the menu was fantastic. And I do mean (just about) everything, since there were only a few items that were not tasted by our group. The small plates allowed everyone to try lots of different things that we either would not have dared to try, or wouldn't have been able to with regular portion sizes. My husband and I have eaten in dozens of great restaurants in Philly, but The Fat Ham was truly a great experience. The only disappointment - they were out of the Mac 'n Cheese, so I didn't get to try it :(. Service was lovely, too. We can't wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had Sunday dinner and the dishes kept on coming. The chicken was a little hot for my taste, but everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great New Southern Cuisine
    LcblynnVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We loved the food...it would be nice to have a few more salads or lighter choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going back again
    oleole
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I've been there twice in the past week and will be going back soon. Great service, amazing food, and a laid back atmosphere that many restaurants try to create but few do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Chicken did not disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    To get into the Fat Ham it seems you must make reservations. Try to get them on the earlier side or they may run out of some of the dishes. It was packed & the tables are very close to each other so if you are claustrophobic, this might not be the best place for you. I was disappointed that the kitchen had run out of both the mac & cheese as well as the nightly specials (it was 7:45 pm), but the food that we did order was delicious. We had the hummus as an app, the shrimp & grits (to die for) and the hot chicken! We shared a slice of cheesecake which was also very good. They tell you they have small plates & you should each have 3-4, but we split everything & had our own hot chicken entrees & it was plenty for the 2 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy soul food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Fat Ham is amazing. I have never craved a salad like I do the mustard greens we started the night with. It is perfect for a date night as you share dishes and enjoy samples of every whiskey imaginable. The peanut butter banana pudding is a spectacular take on an old southern classic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live2DineVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in Philadelphia. The Shrimp and Grits are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new spot in UC
    AmandaE99
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great bourbon list, great cocktails, mix of southern rock and alt-country music, and super tasty gourmet southern food! A great place we're looking forward to going back to. The menu was surprising light on ham though, given the name!
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  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a great meal for a great price! Service was good, drinks were good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phat
    Humbauer4two
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cool, unique Southern dishes. Great Bourbon, Whiskey selection with knowledgeable servers. Hot chicken was great!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get EVERYTHING on the Menu...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was my fiance's birthday and his favorite food style is southern with a twist. I can tell you that the Fat Ham not only met expectations, but completely exceeded them. We described the the food as high-end southern with flare. The service was impeccable, the plating was fun, the drink list was robust and playful, and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Good comfort food and cute ambiance
    HawaiianFishVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Overall , I had fun at Fat Ham. The food is comfort food with an innovative twist. This place wouldn't be ideal for large groups since it's a small space. I can say that it's one of the new best places in the university city area right next to U.Pennsylvania. I had the blackened catfish and battered fried white fish. Both were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I go there often, and by far one of my favorite places. The staff there are truly the best, with great knowledge of their ingredients and dishes. Would recommend it to everyone. Love it!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evolution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Not certain what the number of this visit was, but we've dined here fequently. The menu continuosly evolves and we noted at least 4 new dishes since our last time here. The pickled shrimp with dijonaise on triangles of toast and the fried whitefish were the two we tried and both are superb. The whitefish is pillowy in its lightness. The collard greens remain the best we have ever had, as does the mustard green salad. There's a lot more to the Fat Ham than the hot chicken -- although that dish always lives up to its reputation. The wine and beer lists are small but very well selected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High class southern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place was really awesome. Expect to spend about 50 bucks, but it is it well worth it
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Victor D
    Victor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was exceptional as were the cocktails. Was pleasantly surprised. Also prices were very reasonable. We will be back and refer others.
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    fit for foodies
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  • TFH: An Excellent Tapas-Style Meal
    SmallPlatePhilly
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    When I first walked into the Fat Ham, I was immediately struck by the casualness of the restaurant that had garnered so much hype. From friends to Craig LaBan, I had high expectations for the Fat Ham. They were not disappointed. For two hungry adults, 4 small plates and a dessert was more than enough. The mustard greens combined with the Mac N' Cheese and the Hot Chicken were a heavenly combo together. The Mac N' Cheese on its own is not quite a innovative as it may sound; however, I must strongly suggest all that can take even a little bit of spice to try the Hot Chicken. The catfish was put over an incredibly delicious sauce and the mustard greens were excellent. For dessert, banana pudding in a jar for a savory unforgettable finish.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE The Fat Ham
    k2direct
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I've been here several times and the food and service have never disappointed. Everything is delicious. And the Fried Chicken is a must try. I love the small plates because you get to experience many different plates without breaking the bank. And the portions are not super tiny. The whiskey bar is also pretty great. Downside--The actual space is small and it can get really noisy if it is full. Don't plan on an intimate conversation. Just enjoy the great food!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once was enough
    chewbabychewVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife and I eat at restaurants at least twice a week. We appreciate innovative trends in cooking. However, for us, southern style comfort food is not a satisfying dining experience. Fried chicken and barbecue have been simple, delicious and inexpensive foods for decades. When interpreted as an expensive, small plate item, it just doesn't seem worth all the fuss. Fat Ham was good and the food was carefully prepared, but once was enough.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eatwell
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fat Ham was a wonderful discovery -- small plate southern-inspired dishes (home cookin' tapas if you will). The offerings can be eclectic like the mustard greens salad, or the asparagus with a delicious gravy. The oyster slider went down easily, along with flavorful grits with shrimp. The whitefish was a winner --light, crisp, with a hint of seasoning that we could not quite place. The hot Chicken is one of their signature dishes and lived up to the billing: crisp breading infused with a hot cayenne sauce that took it to the borderline where delicious meets the threat of burning pain. All in all, the meal was a interesting mix of unusual flavors, well-prepared with good service (very early in the evening).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A great menu with many tasty options. Bar list was great and if you like whiskey they have a ton. Only problem was the noise level, the music was in way too loud so everyone in the place started talking louder, couldn't hear the person siting next to you
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    LaContessa17VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I made the reservation based on the Philly Inquirer's photo of the red-hot chicken. It was as incredible as advertised! Other items on the menu - which we selected on the basis of the reviews - were also wonderful. My son surprised me by loving the ricotta appetizer and the fried oyster slider! The only down note: we ordered the night's special grilled pork chop, which the waiter claimed was big enough for two. It definitely was, but we were surprised that we were charged $35 for it, when other items in that category were about $13-14 apiece. Even doubled, because it was large, it was still a shocking amount for a "small plate", and I felt we should have been apprised of the price ahead of time. I felt a bit "taken".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    MCLV
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food at The Fat Ham is unbelievably good. If you enjoy food there's no reason why you shouldn't go there...now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great authentic southern food, with a modern twist. Everything we had was scrumptious, from the mustard greens salad, to oyster slider to shrimp and grits. I personally don't think the infamous "hot" chicken is that spicy. I thought drink special: a watermelon infused white bourbon cocktail was weak, as in not very boozy.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Americain
    Kafka
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Inventive and creative use of US products to create a varied and delicious Meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.