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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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  • 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.

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

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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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  • 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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  • Fette Sau

    Second location for Starr’s buzzed about BBQ

    Sharpen your beer knowledge with the taps at Fette Sau.

    Brooklyn’s notable barbecue restaurant recently added a second location in Philadelphia, replete with all the characteristics that made the New York outpost buzz-worthy.

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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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  • 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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  • Interstate Draft House

    The road ends here with a burger and a brew

    Chow down on alligator and beef chili, grilled seitan tips and burgers topped with applewood bacon and mac and cheese at this Southwest-inspired eatery.

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  • Jamaican Jerk Hut

    Delicious Carribean food accompanied by equally delightful outdoor dining

    Jamaican Jerk Hut

    The Jamaican Jerk Hut is an extremely friendly BYOB restaurant specializing in authentic Caribbean food.

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  • Llama Tooth

    Eclectic home for comforting foods

    The mural-clad outdoor patio and huge menu of bottled microbrews at eclectic bistro Llama Tooth caters to the pre-club crowds, while the unpretentious kitchen (barbecue pork mac and cheese, turkey meatloaf and veggie burgers) has an everyman appeal.

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  • Loco Pez

    One taste and you’ll join the Pez Heads

    Loco Pez

    Patrons at this Mexican gastropub swear by the 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) offered as low-priced singles, encouraging eaters to try as many varieties as they can.

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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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  • Percy Street Barbecue

    Texas-style barbecue in the truest sense

    Percy Street Barbecue

    Serving a straightforward selection of slowly smoked meats and homey side dishes alongside craft beers and tasty cocktails, Percy Street is on its way to become the city’s top spot for barbecue.

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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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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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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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  • 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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  • Soup Kitchen Cafe

    Bowled over

    If it warms you up and you eat it with a spoon, chances are there’s a killer version of it being served at Soup Kitchen Cafe.

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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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  • 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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