My father is a huge meat eater/lover and it was his birthday recently so I figured Percy Street Barbecue would be a great choice for his birthday dinner.
The restaurant has a casual feel – large tables with long benches to sit on, music playing at a reasonable volume, full height windows/doors slide open to let fresh air in when the weather is beautiful, which it was last week!
smoked chicken wings
For appetizers, we ordered smoked chicken wings and jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. The smoked chicken wings were served with okra and onion. I almost always pass on raw onion, it’s just too potent (unless it’s on a burger).
The wings had good smoked flavor and I enjoyed the okra, despite bad okra experiences in the past. I was shocked that they served the full wing, all the way to the end. Not that this was a bad thing, just not used to it.
Now the jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. I love cornbread, and this was delicious. The cornbread was moist, had its characteristic sweetness, and was followed up by cheesiness and heat from the jalapenos. If I come here again, I’m definitely ordering that.
There were six different meats on the menu: brisket, chicken, sausage, pork belly, pulled pork, and pork ribs. We all ordered the “double down” (no, not the KFC double down), which was a 1/4 lb. of 2 meats plus 2 sides. The standard platters come with a 1/2 lb. of meat and 2 sides. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any sausage. They actually didn’t have any for a week or so.
pork belly & ribs w/ sweet potatoes & coleslaw
Since we all got “double-down”s, all the meats were on the table and everyone got to try a little bit of everything. I personally chose the brisket and chicken, with sides of german potato salad and pinto beans.
Percy Street also offers three different sauces to accompany your meal: original, spicy, and sweet. The spicy I felt to be a tad too overwhelming and the original to be too boring. The sweet was my sauce of choice. Accompanying the meats were onions and pickles. The server also brought out a bunch of sliced white bread.
My favorites of the night were the chicken and pork belly. They were cooked perfectly and tasted great. I enjoyed my sides of potato salad and pinto beans too!
brisket & chicken w/ german potato salad & pinto beans
I’ve only had one other BBQ experience, excluding chain restaurants, back in February
at Hill Country in NYC. I guess I enjoy BBQ, but it’s not something I go out of my way for. Percy Street is a great option down here in Philly and I’ll keep it in mind if I ever get a hankering for BBQ.
Have you been to Percy Street Barbecue before? What are your thoughts?
Percy Street Barbecue
Tagged: bbq, beef, chicken, chicken wings, philly, pork
900 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147