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Southern & Soul Food

For diners craving a taste of the South with a side of soul, Philadelphia has a number of restaurants to satisfy your hunger.

Chef Ken’s Café in Mt. Airy has been serving heaping dinner platters of ribs with flavorful sides like dirty rice, mac and cheese or collard greens while Ms. Tootsie’s on South Street is praised for their golden fried chicken and gravy-smothered turkey chops.

For more, check out our guide to the Best Southern & Soul Food in Philadelphia or browse individual restaurants below.

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  • Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge

    Soul-satisfying southern cuisine on South Street

    Enjoy some of Philadelphia’s best soul food — and a few cocktails — at Ms. Tootsie’s.

    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.

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  • Wishbone

    A new-school spin on fried chicken

    It’s all craft-fried chicken, all the time at the gourmet take-out joint Wishbone in West Philly.

    It’s all craft-fried chicken, all the time at the gourmet take-out joint Wishbone in West Philly.

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  • Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge

    Soul-satisfying southern cuisine on South Street

    Enjoy some of Philadelphia’s best soul food — and a few cocktails — at Ms. Tootsie’s.

    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.

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

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  • Warmdaddy’s

    Southern classics and live jazz, blues and R&B

    Warmdaddy’s has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night.

    Warmdaddy’s has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night.

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  • The Twisted Tail

    Modern southern cuisine, bourbon and blues in Headhouse Square

    Enjoy a soulful meal at Twisted Tail on South Street.

    Serving southern-inspired comfort food on historic Headhouse Square, the Twisted Tail is known for delicious eats, fine bourbon and live music.

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  • Federal Donuts

    Line-up for donuts, fried chicken and coffee

    Next level coffee and donuts at Federal Donuts.

    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.

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  • Baby Blues BBQ

    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.

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  • The Blind Pig

    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.

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  • Honey’s Sit ‘N’ Eat

    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.

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  • El Camino Real

    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.

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