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Southern & Soul Food
For diners seeking out a authentic taste of the South, Philadelphia has numerous restaurants that fit the bill.
Seek out cool sounds and delicious eats in Mount Airy at North by Northwest, where dishes like cornmeal crusted catfish are sure to delight.
Head to Ms. Tootsie’s on South Street for delicious fare that includes golden fried chicken, heavenly macaroni and cheese and gravy-smothered turkey chops.
For some of the best ribs in town, head northeast to Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse, where the barbecued ribs, chicken and pork are all slow-smoked on location.
Soul-satisfying southern cuisine on South Street
The charming bar and lounge restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2000. Its southern comfort cuisine has a built a reputation as being among the best in the city.
Line-up for donuts, fried chicken and coffee
The lines out the door explain it all; people across the city crave deep-fried joy. The original location for Federal Donuts in Pennsport has perfected the combination of Korean-style fried chicken and delectable donuts, selling out regularly since opening in the fall of 2011.View More
Smokin’ cue on campus
The Philly outpost of a brand that has multiple locations in California, Baby Blues is a U-City favorite for ribs, pulled pork, brisket and soulful sides galore.View More
Bourbon, barbecue and blues play nicely on South Street
A “juke joint” on historic Headhouse Square, the Tail offers live music multiple nights a week, with plenty of beer, whiskey and food making things merrier.View More
Northern Liberties gastropub serving eye-opening eats
Since 2011, this gastropub has been winning over diners with innovative dishes and an impressive canned beer list.View More
Homestyle Southern food worth the wait
With plates packed with latkes, grits, challah French toast and drop biscuits with sausage gravy, it’s amazing the crowds aren’t even larger.View More
BBQ and Burritos abound
Texas or Mexico? Seitan or sirloin? Local brew or Dos Equis? The menu options seem endless at El Camino Real, Bar Ferdinand’s progeny that splits allegiances as a barbecue post and border bar.View More
A take-out spot serving Oklahoma-style barbecue on South Street West
BBQ lovers can indulge in Oklahoma-style barbecue food without hopping on a plane. For almost 20 years, Graduate Hospital residents have flocked to the South Street outpost of Phoebe’s for its ribs, sandwiches, candied yams and mac and cheese.View More
Amazing burgers and great local beers in a Graduate Hospital standby
Beer lovers rave about Grace Tavern, founded by the minds behind Philly beer havens Monk’s Cafe and Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant, but patrons who don’t sample the venue’s varied food selection — the fresh oyster po-boy, the spinach and feta sausage sandwich and the blackened green beans — are missing out.View More
An old-school bar in the heart of Graduate Hospital
With friendly service, friendlier clientele, soul food, a stocked jukebox and occasional live jazz, the Twi-Lite Lounge challenges the neighborhood bar stereotype.View More
Down-south, on South
From the owners of Jet Wine Bar across the street comes Rex, a small and swanky haunt where American Southern food and drink is the focus.View More