Philadelphia
2. Big Bad Wolf Barbeque
Aston

Big Bad Wolf is strip-mall barbecue at its best. The spot’s signature item is pork-belly bites, which are smoked until they’re flavorful and juicy, then sliced, breaded, fried, and soaked in a sweet and spicy sauce. Big Bag Wold has plenty of other items, but the pork belly bites are the money shot.
How to book: No reservations. Call 484-480-4676 to order pick-up.

4. Deke’s Bar-B-Que
Multiple locations

Deke’s is another spot that does the Philly barbecue mash-up of a brisket cheesesteak, as well as a couple of other sandwiches inspired by this city’s obsessive love of hoagies. Also notable: the mac ‘n cheese, a requisite barbecue side, is made with large shells and plenty of cheddar and is completely amazing. The Germantown location also has daily happy hour specials, for those wanting to get their drink on.
How to book: Takeout only at the 4901 Ridge Avenue location. Walk-in only at the 137 Berkley Street location.

6. Henri's "Hotts" Barbeque

Henri Hott’s is the place to stop on your way to the beach, or on your way home from a day-trip when you’re sun-tired and just need some good meat. The restaurant has suspended the beloved buffet for now, but you can still fill up on ribs, brisket, and smoked chicken, as well as fried shrimp, crab cakes, fried chicken, and many freshly made pies and bundt cakes.

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