Monday, May 24, 2010

Percy Street BBQ

600 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

"Barbeque" and "summer" are two of the sweetest words in the English language. Although it is not quite summer yet, the weather has been warm for the most part, and dry(ish) - a sign of things to come in the usual sweltering Philadelphia way. I saw the doors to Percy Street were open, and I knew it was time to give them a try. Given it was lunch time, some sandwiches were in order. First up, was the chopped brisket sandwich. I decided against the pork belly sandwich, as the server let me know it was not crispy, and rather fatty (which is to be expected, but I was not in the mood). The chopped brisket is served with sliced onions and pickles. It was mighty tasty. The brisket was lean and smoky, with nice crispy pieces of bark intermixed. I was mighty glad that they had some sauce already mixed in with the meat, as the sauce they placed on the table was mediocre at best. It was really warm, and tasted like ketchup with some hot sauce mixed in. However, the brisket as it came out was perfect, and I felt no compulsion to add the suspect sauce.

The coleslaw on the side was good, nothing special, but a solid accompaniment.

The smoked chicken sandwich (besides apparently moving while I took this picture) was wonderful. I was super happy to have the smoky, salty, crunchy chicken salad on my tiny bun. Okay, the buns aren't tiny, but they are pretty small. Probably on par for a $6 sandwich, but a bit less than you would expect from a BBQ joint on South Street.

I have heard some good things about the mac and cheese, so of course, that was in order as well. It was nicely baked, in a long dish, and the crumb topping was plentiful. The mac and cheese itself was very creamy and really quite good. Not the best ever, but certainly worth looking into when you stop by Percy Street. I am also into the idea of the Lockhart Special, which requires a minimum of 4 people, includes all of the meats, all of the sides, and a choose your own dessert; at $24 a person - sounds good to me!

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