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The Fat Ham
The Fat Ham

The Fat Ham Details

  • 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, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American, 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

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Inventive and creative use of US products to create a varied and delicious Meal!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Very good, one of my new favorites. The food is delicious and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "everyone loved the mac and cheese and the collard greens - the dill sauce on the chicken too much - white bread with BBQ is usually used to sop up BBQ sauce can you do something so we could talk without shouting?"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Second visit in a month and can't wait to go back. Have tried at least 2 out of 3 dishes on the menu and they were all delicious. The staff is very helpful for selecting from the small plate offerings. The restaurant is small, with closely packed tables, so don't expect a quiet, relaxing evening. They won't rush you though, and if you are a whiskey drinker, the bar will be like heaven for you."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Fat Ham's small plate focus and great balance of flavors on the menu makes for an adventurous dining experience. Desserts were excellent, too. Service is prompt and attentive. Space is tight and demand for tables is high, so it's not a particularly leisurely dinner experience. But the food is outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The waiter remembered me from my earlier visit ( " Nice to see you again " ) ; the Hot Chicken is HOT !!!! The pickled shrimp is delicious !! The Mac & Cheese is bland but the Shrimp & Grits is tasty. PAY ATTENTION TO THE PARKING SIGNS !!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food and good place to go if you have food sensitivities; the waitress was very knowledgeable and quickly explained what I could and could not have."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great flavored unique dishes to Philadelphia. Loved the mustard greens with the horseradish! The Hot chicken has just the right amount of spice."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "small plates portions, which are good, ( we did not like the oyster sliders, they had a very fiishy taste) Our server, Mike was very attentive and knowledgeable in the menu and drink selections. The manager was also very nice. The hot chicken, which Philly magazine raved about was ok, nothing to write home about. The catfish was awesome, but was a very small piece. I could have made a meal on just that. The collard greens and the ricotta cheese app was fantastic. They had a thick cut pork chop special. we did not order it , however the folks next to us did. It was not worth $35.00 and they told us the same. Desserts were just ok , very small slice of red velvet cake Pudding was good. In conclusion, not in a rush to go back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "From the Mustard Greens salad to the Hot Chicken, nothing disappointed. Freshly pressed coffee and Buttermilk Cheesecake was truly a grand finale! The staff runs like a finely-tuned service machine only with warmth and personality."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Over multiple visits we have been very impressed with the uniqueness of the menu, the consistently high quality of the food ( not to mention that everything we've tried has been delicious!) , and the casual vibe of the place. We can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was absolutely fabulous. Between the two of us we had shrimp and grits with grits like I've never tasted before, asparagus with a luscious sauce, greens like Mama used to make and a three inch piece of blackened catfish. Wait, a three inch piece of catfish? A three inch piece of catfish for $13. Therein lies the rub. In Spain or Italy, small plates, small cost. At most restaurants, even here in Philadelphia, a fish entrée like that would come with the asparagus and a second side such as potatoes or rice, it would be a whole filet and it would be close to what we paid for the two small plates. Not to mention bread for which Fat Ham charges $2. And three shrimp? Definitely an appetizer. Eat first or pay big. Small plates, big prices."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Place was amazing. Great food and service. Great drinks"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Fat Ham is our go to place in Philly for a fun, relaxed, quick dinner. I don't know how the kitchen staff work their magic in such a small space, but they do it consistently. The food is always wonderful (and sometimes "oh my God" good...like the 28 day aged thick-cut pork chop with onion rings that were the special one night...wow was that amazing). Order the mustard green salad. It rocks. The bar is impressive...especially the whiskey section. Staff is attentive, friendly, and helpful."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our recent meal at The Fat Ham! The food lived up to all the buzz -- we enjoyed the popular oyster sliders, hot chicken, and collards -- but our favorite may have been the chilled pea soup starter. The service was attentive and helpful with suggestions, although the plates arrived a bit more quickly than we would have preferred. The small space was a bit difficult to navigate. I had to move the table just to get out of my seat! The music was also loud in the small space, making serious conversation difficult. It would have been fine for a casual date but not for a special occasion dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious. Hot chicken is a must. Excellent cocktail program as well."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 and had lots of fun and a wonderful meal, too!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I love, love, loved the food and drink. And, Mike, our server was helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The blackened catfish, pickled shrimp, charred cabbage and red velvet cake were excellent. The macaroni and cheese was disappointing .. no cheesy flavor.!!!! I was looking forward to the Blackberry Jam Mint Julep but it had been taken off the menu. I am going back for the Hot Chicken / the oyster sliders and a few other menu goodies. People should know that they DO NOT make substitutions ; the waitstaff was emphatic."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Fat Ham lived up to its reputation! Yes, we enjoyed the hummus--but the ricotta won out for us. And the bread they are both served with is wonderful. The shrimp and grits was very good as were the collard greens. And the hot chicken? I could eat that every day--it was excellent. The peanut butter banana pudding was SO good. And, all of this great food came with really good service. Michael was attentive but not overbearing, knew what he was talking about, and was just smooth. The atmosphere is industrial--very cool. We did not wait too long between courses. We were anxious to get there and you should be, too."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First of all the food is amazing and the staff is incredible and very helpful - they even ask if you have any food allergies which I think is very thoughtful. The only annoyance was the very loud group at the bar behind me and my family. We had to shout over each other and found ourselves getting very annoyed - once they left and went to another part of the restaurant (which is very small), we could still hear them but it was much better. Overall, the food is great and if the loud company wasn't there it was have been a 9/10!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great pre-game cocktails on the patio. Perfect Palate pleaser. Plates I never normally order were outstanding! Mustard Green Salad, Collared Greens, Hot Chicken, Catfish. Order them all and there is enough to share for 2. If you are near U. Penn you have to stop. Bartenders, Wait Staff, and Maetre D, outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Delicious food, attentive wait staff, creative drinks. A recipe for a excellent Thursday dinner."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Have wanted to try this restaurant since first hearing about it. My family and I went in with high expectations, and we were not disappointed. Everything we tried (4 of us, lots of shared plates) was delicious and unique. Many of the plates are spiced with heat, which ended up being a little too much for my 12 year old daughter (a true foodie like the rest of us). My wife, son and I were fine with the heat. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great service! Tasty food leaves you wanting more."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food, but overpriced for Philly. Gorgeous interior, nice vibe. On the whole, the food was quite good. Our group of 4 dined on southern hummus (unusual and excellent!), shrimp & grits (butter loaded and probably our favorite of the evening), blackened catfish (excellent), asparagus (fantastic), collards (ok) and carolina rice (underwhelming and super small portion), oyster slider (good, but not unique) and the hot chicken. Hot chicken was disappointing-- the exterior had a nice crunch & heat, but the inside tasted like steamed or almost boiled chicken. Fednuts is in a different league. Popeyes is better. Service was disappointing. Drinks did not arrive until well after food. Waiter chastised us for not ordering more food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to the Fat Ham for a friend's birthday. It was very sweet that the restaurant gave her a birthday card. Everything was delicious and we would all return. We thought the food came out exceptionally fast and we would have enjoyed some time in between courses to discuss what we just ate!. I also thought the fried chicken was yummy bit could be served a touch less spicy...or at least diners could have the option to have it toned down. Still planning on returning though!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything that I had was very good (Hummus was amazing!), but everyone is raving about hot chicken! Hot chicken is fire engine red, and lip-numbingly spicy. There's flavor there--smoke, vinegar, and spices--but it was difficult to discern over the spice. Cocktails were delicious, and I would love to have a few on the small patio."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We took our kids their and ordered a lot if food so that we can all get a taste of what was offered. We enjoyed the food a great deal and kids as well. I would highly recommend the blackened fish and shrimp with grits."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Small. Maybe 24-30 seats at low tables and another 12-16 at the bar and high tops. Make sure to make a reservation. Even in a restaurant-saturated city like Philly, this is a restaurant worth visiting. It's not out of the way even though it's in West Philly, but it's not as easy to get to as the restaurants in Center City. Short walk either across the Schuylkill on Walnut or from 30th St. Station via the regional rail or Market-Frankford (blue) subway line. The front of the house is organized in an interesting way. The food was stunning. I would definitely return. Very reasonably priced for a restaurant of this caliber. Also, very laid back and relaxing environment. It was just such a FUN dining experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We asked our server to pick the must haves (including cocktails) and he did a great job. Everything we had was great. They were kind enough to let us linger at the table and chat since it was early on a weeknight."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Small menu, small interior, very noisy, food was good but most dishes were spicy."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Welcoming and efficient service as soon as you walk in the door. Chef Sbraga's menu is a delicious take on a southern meal. Three of us for dinner, including my 16 yr old daughter.. She could not stop raving about the food. All items we had (which was most of the menu) were delicious. Some of our favorites include the oyster sliders and the smoked ricotta. My boyfriend and I are both chefs in the city and we loved our evening. We would recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal in a beautiful & comfortable setting with knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. The asparagus had a divine sauce. My dinner companion loved the fried oyster. The collards were sophisticated. I wanted to sop us the liquor but there's no bread. I needed bread. A biscuit. The bone-in pork chop was large, large. Plenty for two. Not too cool to suck on the bone. The bone was very enjoyable. Pig heaven. The dessert was tasty but could be more creatively plated. There's little that actually "downhome" about the food at The Fat Ham. It's a homage to downhome that creates its own memories that will bring me back again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Service was rushed but excellent food and whiskey list."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Comfort food, amazing mix of taste and textures, served tapas style. Delicious every time. Can't order wrong"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Most dishes here are well-conceived takes on traditional southern cuisine, flavorful and addictively good. We liked the cocktails, the beer list is also very good."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is a great alternative to the more formal and way more expensive dinner I had at Sbraga and the food was equally delicious. I cannot say enough good things about the hot chicken. It is a must order item!! The shrimp and grits were also amazing as was the pulled pork. My friend really wanted to try the cabbage dish, which I was initially not wild about but it turned out to be a suprisingly tasty dish and I was glad we had not ordered something else in its place. Be sure to try one of the speciality cocktails, too. They were well conceived and very tasty! We ordered six dishes and shared dessert--not a dud among them."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • ""Just so you know, we're going to need your table in a little over an hour" this was the first thing said to me. I'm not sure why my reservation was not as important as that one. They also wouldn't let us sit at the table until all three people arrive, which I get, but the restaurant was completely empty."
    Dined on 6/10/2014