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Apr 23, 2010 05:15 AM

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

Any favorites? I can't find anything other than Famous Dave's. Dave's is pretty good....but come's a chain. Famous Dave's in Wilmington sits between a department store and the Olive Garden. Where's the real BBQ around here?

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  1. Not really, a couple good places, but what kind of BBQ do you like?

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    1. re: barryg

      Carolina pulled pork...or some mesquite smoked brisket, or some good ribs. Pretty broad here.

      1. re: Babamos

        Can't get much good in Wilmington, especially BBQ. You may want to try Bebe's in the Italian Market section of Philly. Good, vinegary pulled pork and brisket (when they make it). The ribs can be hit-or-miss though. Wicked banana pudding

        1. re: bluehensfan

          Yes Bebe's for Carolina pork, that is their specialty. Percy St BBQ on South St for smoked brisket.

          You could also try Sweet Lucy's in the Northeast. I've never been, but it is widely considered one of the better spots in the region. Kind of far, but might be an easier trip since it is close to 95 and they have parking AFAIK.

          1. re: barryg

            Sadly, Bebe's is one of my places that everyone loves and I don't.

            While Mark talks a good game about North Carolina-style barbecue, the sandwich (even with the highly-touted vinegar-based sauce) was a huge disappointment.

            Real barbecue is basted while cooking, not topped with sauce.

            1. re: Seeker19104

              Seeker, point taken, but I think you yourself have said that there is nowhere better in the area. So for $7 or $8 or whatever he charges for a sandwich, I think it is worthwhile and one of the better casual eats in South Philly.

              1. re: barryg

                I lived in Texas for several years and while I hated most of the restaurants there, they do a fantastic barbecue brisket. Unfortunately, the only place I've found around here with a good brisket is in Bethlehem - Dickey's, which is a Texas-based chain.

                1. re: Stormy9091

                  Dickey's is now open in East Norriton, I saw it Monday in the shopping center with the ShopRite grocery store on Germantown Pike.

                  1. re: jujuthomas

                    Dickey's gets destroyed on the Houston and DFW boards with responses from as far away as Florida and the Pacific Northwest.

                    1. re: James Cristinian

                      Texans have their own little thing with BBQ. Parochialism.

                      1. re: sal_acid

                        Dickey's is from Dallas. We prefer good BBQ.

                        1. re: James Cristinian

                          A zombie thread! The Dickey's I had at an area location was disgusting! As CW pointed out, as a chain the quality depends on the person doing the cooking. From my limited exposure to Dallas BBQ in Dallas I would say this local shop would be out of business in a month. All I had at two large restaurants (chains I think) was fantastic and what I had was beef ribs which I understand are even more difficult do well. All the sides were great too. Dickey's is, as someone noted on another thread, sad!

                          1. re: Bacchus101

                            I saw a 2013 post and responded. Later I saw it was a zombie and I realized I had violated one of my own rules. Beef ribs are actually relatively hard to come by, which is a shame. The spareribs down here are delicious, however.

                            1. re: Bacchus101

                              oops! I guess I did kick a zombie back into action... I saw Dickeys in E. Norriton and did a search for the name to see if anyone knew anything about it. :)

                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                The only Dickey's I went to was in Texas so I guess I am off the hook.

                      2. re: jujuthomas

                        Ugh, just noticed it is a Zombie. Having tried two different locations of Dickey's I can say it is the worst BBQ I have ever had at a BBQ restaurant.

                2. re: barryg

                  Sweet Lucy's is very good. Its BYOB and They run a special on Mondays.

                  1. re: barryg

                    Sweet Lucy's did nothing for me. Decent baked beans but that's about it.

                    1. re: barryg

                      Percy St does have very good moist brisket, plus great mac & cheese and a truly awesome pecan pie. Place itself is big, open and very welcoming.

                    2. re: bluehensfan

                      You should really try Russell's barbeque on Centerville Road. They have delicous barbeque from sweet potatoes towards jerk chicken. It's a very large variety.

                3. I'm personally a big fan of Tommy Gunns. I ate at the one that used to be on S. Street and when they had an outpost in Ardmore (Pj Henry's). I know they still are open by the Wissahickon transfer station. Give them a try!

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                    1. There is no good NC barbecue around Wilmington, but you can find excellent ribs in the area, as long as you are willing to get out of Olive Garden-type neighborhoods to get them.

                      1) Sunset Restaurant & Barbeque, 3007 New Castle Avenue, New Castle. The restaurant is a Caribbean place, and they do ribs and chicken on a big barbecue outside. Sitting on a picnic table along Rte. 9 is not exactly a fine atmosphere, but the ribs are great, and you can get them to go if you want.

                      2) Durham's Best, 90 Fletchwood Road, Elkton, MD. This is just outside Newark, an ancient log cabin (really) that serves good ribs, sausage, and chicken barbecue. Picnic tables in the parking lot are the only seating--this place is mostly takeout.

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                      1. re: travelmad478

                        Funny, was at Durham after a run to State Line Liquors, and the owner of the wine store said he liked it, thus l went. Meat was smoked, that is true, but all moistness was gone. Ditched a brisket sandwich, sliced pork tenderloin, and a turkey leg, each after we had one bite. They all felt like eating leather. But the place was bustling so what do l know

                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                          I tried Durham's best a few years back hearing the rave reviews (granted it was the News Journal so that was one strike...). I think the shack-type atmosphere must be the draw here because my meat (brisket) tasted like jerky. You're better off at the TGIF of BBQ (i.e. Famous Dave's) if you want BBQ in Delaware if you ask me.

                      2. There is the PIGG OUT in Chaddsford and BEBE's in Philly that are my go tos.

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                          1. re: bluehensfan

                            Haven't been but have read mixed reviews. It's at
                            138 Glen Mills Rd., Glen Mills, PA