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“Beats Steven Starr's hands down”

Percy Street Barbecue
Ranked #217 of 4,611 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Percy & South Streets
Description: Percy Street Barbecue features dry-rubbed brisket, ribs & chicken. Meats are wood-smoked in our authentic barbecue pits & served with classic sides. A full service bar offers 100+ craft beer cans, bourbon, cocktails & a vintage jukebox. Eat in or take out. Now open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday!
Reviewed September 12, 2013

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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Thank PelleasPhiladelphia
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Percy Street BBQ is located on South St in Philly. You can find almost anything on South St, except a parking space. South St has become an eclectic, though somewhat stiff northeastern version of bohemia. In fact you can find an Old Bohemian beer on South St, though there are many other better choices. On a warm Friday afternoon we wandered around South St, made a few purchases, wandered through a book store that sold almost exclusively books influenced by socialist and communist philosophy, checked out a rather good clothing resale shop that support animal rescue. Needing to refuel, and having previously dined at Honey's Sit & Eat across town (they have opened a second location on South St.) we decided on Percy St BBQ. It was close to our car and, I believe has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with Guy Fieri.

Percy St BBQ seems to try to be everything to everybody regarding BBQ (fits in with the liberal philosophy that there are no winners or losers). The BBQ includes brisket, chicken, pork, ribs and lamb, all as interpeted by the Percy chef. None of these will win any contests going up against true regional bbq's from Texas, NC, SC, St Louis and a thousand other bbq joints. Generally we found the meat to be overly salted as if a traditional chef, say from the CIA had done his/her version of regional dishes. The smoke was consistent, though for the brisket, a little off flavor vs what you would find say between San Antonio and South Padre Island. The pulled pork was nothing like anything I've had in eastern NC, western NC, SC or GA. Lost was the vinegar tangyness of eastern NC, the mustard based of SC and even the catsup based of GA. The bread and butter pickles seemed homemade, but lacked the sweet and sour bite of true southern B&B pickles. The red cabbage-apple-sesame coleslaw seemed to be an attempt at a fusion between western NC and asian coleslaw and missed on both counts. The german potato salad lacked the kick of what we have found in middle PA.
Percy's does have a rather good selection of beers, including some really good pils and lagers. Is Percy's a Triple D? Maybe a 3 on a scale of 1 - 10, with the beer selection rating a 9. Will we go back, probably, just for the beer selection.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Only place in philadelphia where you pay 14.00 for a half of a barbecue chicken and get nothing else. A true rip off

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

I have debated for a week about posting a review but Im still suffering and people need to be made aware of the things that can happen while dining out.

Went here because we saw it on Diners, Drive ins and Dives. We got there and was seated. Bus lady gave us water in a carafe. Waiter came by and we placed our drink order. Decided to pour a glass of water. You could tell it was ice cold and being hot outside...I just knew it was going to be refreshing. Took a BIG gulp. It tasted like bleach and dirty dish water or dirty dish rag. Someone messed up BIG TIME!! Told the waiter, they replaced it. But the damage was done. Tried drinking soda to get the taste out of my mouth. Told manager what happened. He apologized deeply for what happened. The food we had was good but tainted with that aweful water aftertaste. But a week later, I'm still having nausea and bad stomach cramps....back to the doctor again! Just be extra careful and observant when it come to water.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We went to Percy Street again after the manager encouraged us to come back. In my last review I mentioned the bad service and this time around it was much better. The waitress was friendly and she was considerably more attentive than the last person. We had 5 different appetizers and they were as good as we remembered. The pinto beans and the potato salad were fantastic. The brisket and pulled pork were the clear winners over the ribs and tenderloin that we also tried. I prefer a less pronounced smoked flavor and the ribs and brisket provided that. Loved that they have Yards root beer. It is delicious.

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