It is hard not to compare Percy Street with Fette Sau (steven starrs shot at Bar-b-Q). Both are run by top level restaurant owners (Percy Street chef also has Zahav and Federal Donuts) and attempt to create authentic southern food in Philly.
Percy Street does a fantastic job replicating the details of Kentucky popular food. Starting off with pimento cheese and saltines is awesome and they do a good job giving it a hot kick. The bourbon and gin cocktails are really nice and creative. The deviled eggs are a good KY classic also with some spice. The best things are the appetizers: best mac and cheese ever, and fantastic buttery grits and fried oysters (best fried oysters outside New Orleans I've ever had). The meats (we tried the brisket and the ribs) are nicely carmelized BUT not as juicy and flavorful as I wanted -- I think in the north they can't do enough volume to keep the meats really fresh out of the smoker.
The prices are decent as long as you know this is meant to be slightly gourmet and upscale. The prices and flavors blow fette sau away (which can easily cost $40/person while sitting at picnic tables) and the creativity and flavor certainly win out.
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