“Fette Sau: Serious food coma inducer”
Review of Fette Sau
BY NICOLE LEVIN
Fette Sau is hard to find. It does not have your typical storefront restaurant entrance.
Instead, there is a fence with a small, glowing sign on the top that says Fette Sau. It is located on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, between Roebling and Havemeyer. The front of the space is an outdoor picnic area, which is usually full by 6pm. As you walk by, you can see and small all of the delectable meats which you are about to eat. After passing this area, you enter the restaurant which is a large, fairly industrial space. There are picnic tables set up inside where patrons dine side by side with strangers.
The menu is written daily on the chalkboard andthere is free water in the cooler. Usually there is a queue of about 5 people waiting inline to order. You place your order with the person at thecounter and then take your food to an empty table (if you are lucky.) There is also a bar where you can get beers and whiskey. The taps are all decorated with knives which is a bit intimidating at first.
The great thing about this place is that you order your food by the pound
(or quarter pound in our case.) You have to know what you want before you
get to the counter. The people behind the counter move fast. You tell them
what you want and they prepare it for you. No questions asked. This way you
can try a little of everything without breaking the bank. They also have
excellent sodas available (black cherry, vanilla cream, and root beer.)
Their menu of alcoholic beverages consists of an extensive beer and whiskey
Fette Sau is a very popular place amongst the Williamsburg hipster crowd. I
have also seen older people frequent the place as well. The food is so good,
everyone can enjoy it. The low maintenance vibe tends to lend itself to a
younger skew though.
Also the menu changes daily which is a nice thing about a restaurant. To me,
it makes the restaurant’s food better when they can focus on a few items
each day, instead of a full menu. According to Fette Sau’s website, they
smoke their meat with Red and White Oak, Maple, Beech, and Cherry wood. They
also dry rub bbq their meat, which means they don’t apply sauce during the cooking
process. All of the meat that they serve is organic and small family farmed.
You can definitely taste a unique cooking technique in the meats. These
meats are not easily replicated. It is hard to pick out the exact type of
wood that was used , when eating. I am sure most people are not thinking of
what kind of wood was used in the meat they are tasting. When you are eating
it, you know that a lot of love went into making it though.
Whenever Femi and I come here, we order a quarter of a pound of every meat
and a side. This time around we got Hand Pulled Berkshire Shoulder<
Berkshire Belly, Boneless Ribs, Brisket, Flank Steak, and a Rib on the bone.
The food here is delicious and is very unique. All of the meats are juicy and tender. There is a a distinct richness of flavors present in the meats–something about the smokiness and spice, that induce salivating and take you to another place.
We also got Cora’s Broccoli Salad, which is served cold with garlic flavors. I love the broccoli
because after so much meat I like to know that I am getting some healthy fiber. The portions are great, I can never finish my meal to give you an idea. It’s these touches that make the experience of dining here feel like you’re in the south and not in the middle of Brooklyn’s hipster-ville.
For drinks, we decided to skip the booze. I ordered a Manhattan Special Black Cherry Soda, and Femi got a Manhattan
Special Orange Soda.
Fette Sau also makes their own sauces, a sweet bbq sauce (my favorite) which
is brown/maroon, thick, and creamy, pasilla chile pepper,
which is VERY spicy and has a thinner consistency, and vinegar which is clear,
liquidy, and well is just vinegar.
The total for all of that was around $25! This is a great place if you want
to load up on protein without paying 40 bucks for a steak!
By the way, this place also delivers too! But I must warn you if you are
feeling lazy before ordering and eating, just wait until after you eat. This
food will induce a coma – a good coma though.
For more information on Fette Sau and what they serve visit their website: http://www.fettesaubbq.com.
A version of this review has also been published on thehappyfooddance.blogspot.com blog.