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The Best Southern and Soul Food in Philadelphia

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The Best Southern
and Soul Food in Philadelphia

A comprehensive list of Philly’s best mouthwatering delights

Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats. Thankfully, Philly’s dining scene is steeped in southern and soul flavors, rich in catfish, jerk chicken, macaroni and cheese and more.

Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern and Cajun eateries.

Here’s a look at some of the mouthwatering delights proving that Philly has soul by the forkful. Our guide below lists the best southern and soul food in Philadelphia, and also has a helpful map to reference which venues are most convenient for you on your visit.

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Denise's Soul Food

Parked outside of 30th Street Station, Denise’s Soul Food’s bright pink paint beckons diners to the window of its truck. The rewards, of course, are the tasty and affordable platters of fried wings, oxtails, corn bread and collards.
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Chef Ken's Cafe

A friendly little hideaway in Mt. Airy, Chef Ken’s Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The morning menu brings fish and grits and Texas French toast, while the lunch and dinner platters of whiting or ribs come with a choice of sides such as dirty rice, mac and cheese or collard greens.
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Warmdaddy's

Live blues music provides the soundtrack for red-hot food at Warmdaddy’s. The long-running favorite sates the audience with shrimp and cheddar grits, crispy chicken livers over biscuits and barbecue beef short ribs with smoked turkey collards.
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Butter's Soul Food

Butter’s Soul Food corners the market for Salisbury steak and fried shrimp platters in Brewerytown. The takeaway joint also cooks up rice and gravy, corn and okra and a mean sweet potato cheesecake.
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Wishbone

The craft-fried chicken at Wishbone in West Philly gives the Southern staple a decidedly new-school spin. In addition to the classic wings with signature pretzel crust, there are changing daily flavors, plus mascarpone-cheddar mac and bananas foster hand pies for dessert.
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Rex 1516

Down-south, on South

Graduate Hospital’s palace of pimento cheese, Rex 1516 mixes and matches Southern flavors with creative results. There’s a crawfish pot pie, smoked brisket over corn cakes and plenty of fresh cocktails.
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Geechee Girl Rice Cafe

Low Country cuisine comes into focus at Mt. Airy’s Geechee Girl Rice Café, a sweet bring-your-own-bottle spot serving both traditional and modern recipes. Shrimp and grits, spice-rubbed salmon over brown rice and seasonal treats such as blueberry dumplings make it a destination eatery.
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Catahoula

Casual Cajun cuisine

A neighborhood bar with Louisiana leanings, Catahoula dishes up rich and decadent flavors. The bounty includes bourbon burgers, duck confit po’ boys, shrimp remoulade, gumbo and molasses pecan pie.
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High Street Caffe

A West Chester institution opened by former glam metal rocker Donny Syracuse, High Street Caffe has been known to host famous musicians. However, one need not wield a guitar to enjoy the etouffée, voodoo shrimp and bananas foster.
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Beck's Cajun Cafe

Twin locations in Reading Terminal Market and 30th Street Station make it hard to miss Beck’s Cajun Café. The New Orleans specialties such as muffaletta, alligator sausage po’ boys and beignets (served on Wednesdays and Saturdays) make it hard to resist.
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