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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Gabriella’s Vietnam serves up hot pots, whole fish, and other Vietnamese dishes in East Passyunk. It’s perfect for a weeknight comfort meal.
ITV is a restaurant and cocktail bar in East Passyunk with solid small plates that works great for a casual date.
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The Rib Stand
The Rib Stand is a small counter spot in Reading Terminal Market with really good dry-rubbed ribs.
Zig Zag BBQ
Zig Zag is an awesome counter-service BBQ spot in Kensington that’s cool without trying too hard.
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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