First look at Blue Belly BBQ

Blue Belly BBQ, 600 Catharine St. MICHAEL KLEIN /

Since popping onto the scene five years ago with Cochon BYOB at Passyunk and Catharine in Bella Vista, Gene Giuffi has been one of the city's leading proponents of the carnivorous life. 

He's about to get a new, smaller outlet a couple of hundred feet west. In the minuscule store at Sixth and Catharine Streets - the first home of Little Fish - he is gearing up for a July 26 soft opening of Blue Belly BBQ, which will go whole hog on Aug. 1. The joint seats 12 at a few tables and five at the counter. It will be open daily from lunchtime till 7 p.m.

The Brooklyn-born Giuffi is not claiming authenticity with his 'cue. "Just stuff I like," he said.

(Whilst on subject of BBQ: I'm hearing of slow progress being made at Bubba's Texas BBQ at Front and Girard, around the corner from a Fishtown outpost of Brooklyn's Fette Sau next year.)

Here's Blue Belly's draft menu.

Sandwiches (served with cole slaw and 1 side)

Pulled Jerk chicken, pickled okra, red onion, Citrus aioli $12
Pulled pork, pickled fennel, pork rind, mustard dip $12
Lamb barbacoa, jicama, radish, crispy tortilla, chili pepper vinegar $13
Korean beef, kimchi, crispy shallot, pear ginger vinaigrette $12
Fried oysters, lettuce, tomato, Old Bay mayonnaise $13
Grilled falafel, chopped salad, charred  tomato vinaigrette $11

Smoked meats (choice of 3 sides)


Berkshire Pork shoulder $15
Beef Short ribs $15
Whole chicken leg $12
Sausage trio $15
Berkshire pork belly $14

Sides $4

Mac and cheese
Braised greens
Bacon onion corn cakes
Blue Belly baked beans
Fingerling potato salad
Brussels sprouts