What to Eat This Weekend: Barbecue

Get grilled before Labor Day

Whether you like it smoked, grilled, sauced or on its own, there are plenty of opportunities to let someone else do the slow-cooking for you this weekend. Here are five Philly-area places to grub on finger-lickin’-good ‘cue.

Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Café
Ms. Tootsie’s offers barbecue specialties in addition to their mouth-watering soul food classics. Order Southern chicken or barbecue chicken by the piece or barbecue short or baby back pork ribs. All entrées come with two sides so be sure not skip over their caramelized candied yams or okra and corn with tomatoes.
Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Café, 1314 South Street, 215-731-9045

Bomb Bomb Bar-B-Que Grill and Italian Restaurant
This rare restaurant breed of Italian and down-home Southern cooking serves up award-winning baby back ribs in addition to Italian specialties like linguini with clams or chicken marsala.
Bomb Bomb Bar-B-Que Grill and Italian Restaurant, 1026 Wolf Street, 215-463-1311

Percy Street Barbecue
The South Street spot serves up pounds of pork belly, moist and lean brisket, pork ribs, house-made sausage and other barbecue standbys, made in the smoky Texas style. Slurp it down with a root beer float or any of their on-tap brews and a side of macaroni and cheese.
Percy Street Barbecue, 600 South 9th Street, 215-625-8510

Pig Daddy’s
At this barbecue take-out joint in Drexel Hill, you can satisfy your cravings for deep-Southern barbecue. Barbecue delights include their pulled pork (served Carolina or Kansas City style), spicy double smoked sausage links, and pork spare ribs or Texas style beef ribs that can be served in “sweet and mild” or “hot and spicy sauces,” or simply naked.
Pig Daddy’s, 693 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, 610-642-6441

Sweet Lucy’s
Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse may be a bit off the beaten path, but it’s definitely not a place one would want to overlook when that barbecue urge comes along. Star items amongst their seemingly endless menu include pulled barbecue pork sandwich, Memphis baby back ribs, and Texas beef brisket.
Sweet Lucy’s, 7500 State Road, 215-331-3112