Philly’s Best BBQ Spots: A Guide to Sides

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Clockwise from top left: Burnt end baked beans from Fette Sau, burnt ends from Percy Street and collard greens from Sweet Lucy’s | Photo by Jason Varney

Even in this Yankee city, barbecue is a summertime staple. And while any dilettante can find good ribs in Philly these days (and brisket, too), a truly great barbecue joint should be judged by how it handles dishes other than the main attraction. Here’s a brief guide to going deeper at the region’s best barbecue spots. Read more »

Pappy Van Winkle and Brisket Dinners at Percy Street

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Percy Street Barbecue has snagged a few bottles of the practically impossible to secure, Pappy Van Winkle 10, 12 and 23 year old bourbons, and they’re pairing the bourbon with a special brisket dinner for some quick-fingered followers of Percy Street.

Percy Street is offering three bourbon + brisket dinners for a maximum of eight guests for $800 (includes tax and gratuity). The dinner will include pours of all three of the Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, a whole brisket plus off-menu dishes and treats created by chef/owner Erin O’Shea.

The dinners will be released one at a time via Twitter and Percy Street’s email newsletter. First email reply scores the dinner.

Sign up for Percy Street’s newsletter at percystreet.com.

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Six Drinks To Take You Away from This Cold Weather

yachtsman-mai-tai-940There are a lot of ways to battle single degree lows. Burrow under your heaviest comforter and wait for spring. Enjoy a Hot Toddy or whiskey shots. But there’s another way to battle the cold that we’re particularly fond of, DENIAL.

Here are six drinks being poured around town that will take you back (or forward) to summer.

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Percy Street BBQ Introduces New Dish

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Stop by Percy Street BBQ to check out their new appetizer. Debuting earlier this week, it’s Grilled shrimp with watermelon butter (!!) served over Carolina gold rice and peas. It’s a perfect summer kind of dish, would make an excellent side to a half-rack of ribs, and watermelon butter just sounds kind of awesome. So get yours for just $9. And if it tastes as good as it sounds, we’re all in for a treat.

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About Last Night: Smoke Meets Spice at Percy Street

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Last night Erin O’Shea and Michael Solomonov welcomed Lior Lev Sercarz to Percy Street for a very special dinner. Even though I quickly jumped on tickets to the event I wasn’t prepared for just how much great food would be offered.

Lior Lev Secarz is referred to as the “spice whisperer.” His blends of spice make it into the food at Zahav and onto donuts at Federal Donuts. Last night his spices magically mixed with the food coming from O’Shea’s kitchen.

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Spice Dinner Is Coming to Percy Street

SpiceMeetsSmoke1On Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m., Percy Street Barbecue is hosting a special dinner with chef/owner Erin O’Shea collaborating with Zahav’s Michael Solomonov and master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte Epice in New York City. You’ve come across these spices at Zahav and in many of Federal Donuts’ donuts and fried chicken.

The three-course dinner will be served family-style and each course will be paired with a drink featuring beer from Brooklyn Brewery. The price is $60 per person, which includes the beverage pairing, tax and gratuity.

Among the highlights, biscuits with foie gras butter, pork and lobster  machleb sausage and a smoked lamb shank.

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Tonight: Beer Can Christmas Tree Lighting at Percy Street

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Photo via Percy Street Barbecue

Tonight, Thursday, December 12th, Percy Street Barbecue is hosting its annual beer can Christmas tree lighting. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a special Troegs happy hour featuring half-priced Perpetual IPA and Mad Elf. The tree, decorated with 400 beer cans and topped with a steel bucket will be illuminated at 7 p.m. The holiday mood will be set by Matt and Chris of Coal Town Rounders.

So get there early for the happy hour and make sure you also order a fried chicken biscuit or two.

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Fried Chicken Biscuit at Percy Street Barbecue

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Earlier this week we popped in to Percy Street Barbecue for the first time in too long. While we were there stuffing ourselves with ham plates, biscuits and brisket fries when we were told that happy hour was changing the next day. And one of the things that would be on the new $5 happy hour menu, the above chicken biscuit situation. It’s Percy’s buttermilk biscuit, topped with fried chicken thighs, cheddar sauce, hot sauce and pickled apples.

Happy hour is just that at Percy Street. Monday to Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m. And that’s the only time the fried chicken biscuit is available.

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