A slice of the South isn’t too hard to find in the City of Brotherly Love, especially for those in need of comfort food. Philly’s trendiest barbecue restaurants make waves each summer with their fiery fare that stands to rival ice-cold treats. Because barbecue always tastes better when it’s hot out, give these five standout dishes a chance this summer.
Famed for their slow-cooked meats and wholesome sides, this Phoenixville gem is worth the trek if you take your barbecue seriously. Owner Brian Howell shares his Alabama roots with locals over mouthwatering platters, like their wings, which can be topped with your favorite sauce (from Suicidal BBQ to Caribbean Curry). 413 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville, 610-935-1363
Feeling guilty never tasted so good. Satisfy the carnivore within over this Fishtown-based resto’s tasty cuisine and rustic atmosphere. Fette Sau takes chic, shed dining to incomparable levels with their impressive plates of finely cooked meats and addictive cocktails. Nosh al fresco on their beef brisket and sides of sweet potato mash for the ultimate country-meets-city dining experience. 1208 Frankford Ave., 215-391-4888
The Center City speakeasy-inspired bar is as proud of their comprehensive whiskey selection as they are of their barside fare. Crafted from pulled pork shoulder, whiskey barbecue, cole slaw, and fried pickles, this decadent tower of barbecue goodness puts any ordinary sandwich to shame. Throw a few back while devouring this savory meal on a sweltering day. 118 S. 20th St., 215-665-1088
For the meat lovers who prefer their pork served alongside pickled carrots, Percy Street’s pork belly sandwich is the barbecue meal of your dreams. The relaxed eatery adds a touch of Texan love to each of their dry-rubbed meats, all of which are smoked over local red oak, and served with classic sides. 900 South St., 215-625-8510
Devoted barbecue fiends who don’t mind setting their summer diet aside for a full and happy belly can relish Phoebe’s famous sandwich—which must be asked for by name. Made with your choice of pulled pork or brisket and topped with homemade mac and cheese, you’ll be madly in love from the very first bite. 2214 South St. A, 215-546-4811