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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.

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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 cocktail’s — 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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  • 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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  • Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q

    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.

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  • Grace Tavern

    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.

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  • Robert’s Twi-Lite Lounge

    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.

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  • Rex 1516

    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.

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