There aren’t many great barbecue places in Philly, so if you want a tray-full of smoked, pulled, and grilled meat just for yourself, you have a total of about five options. Mike’s BBQ in South Philly is one of them, and it’s in the running for our favorite barbecue spot in the city. They do pulled pork sandwiches and some very impressive gouda mac and cheese, but our favorite thing here is the 14-hour brisket, either plain or covered in their Carolina barbecue sauce.
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South Philly Barbacoa
South Philly Barbacoa in the Italian Market makes the best tacos in Philadelphia. Period.
Birra is a casual pizza and beer spot in East Passyunk that’s good for watching games and Happy Hour.
The Bottle Shop
If you’re eating at any of the BYOBs on East Passyunk, get your beer and wine from The Bottle Shop.
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Zig Zag BBQ
Zig Zag is an awesome counter-service BBQ spot in Kensington that’s cool without trying too hard.
Tradesman's is a two-story sports bar that serves classic BBQ dishes like brisket and tri-tip.
Fette Sau in Fishtown serves some of the best barbecue in Philly, and has a spacious patio to eat and drink on.
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Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar has one of the biggest patios in East Passyunk, along with lots of wine and tapas.
Bing Bing Dim Sum
Bing Bing is a non-traditional dim sum spot in East Passyunk that’s great for a casual date or weeknight dinner.
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