Vincent and Vernon Rochester have fond childhood memories of their family's backyard. That yard was where their parents regularly entertained friends, family, and neighbors with hearty barbecue and southern dishes. Upon deciding to open a restaurant together, Vincent and Vernon chose to specialize in home cooking that reminded them of those backyard feasts.
Rochester's Southern Cuisine stays true to its family roots. The selection of Southern-style comfort foods includes barbecue chicken, brisket, beef ribs, jumbo shrimp, and pulled pork as well as fried catfish and smoked wings doused with one of five sauces, all paired with a selection of fine wines. Sides of potato salad, collard greens, or black eyed peas help complete meals. Although the dining area boasts eight flat-screen televisions, the room's most distinguishing feature is the massive mural of jazz musicians blanketing an entire wall.
Fat Jack's BBQ?s proprietor Glenn Gross has always been passionate about barbecue. Starting at the age of 11, Glenn manned the grill at family cookouts, fine-tuning his technique and flavors over the years. He eventually brushed aside career paths in dentistry and music to claim his favorite job title?pitmaster.
In order to develop the combination of meats, rubs, and sauces that Fat Jack?s uses to this day, in the early ?90s, Glenn traveled to the nation's barbecue meccas?Texas, the Carolinas, Kansas City, and Memphis. He learned how to create dishes such as Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis?style ribs, and Texas beef brisket. Now, his rich blends of spice rubs and notes of smoke have won him more than 200 national and local awards including being winner of Burger Brawl 2013 - Best Burger in Philly, 3rd overall Best Burger in the World Food Championships, and being featured on Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters.
In a city known for its cheesesteaks, it can be difficult to find a beef brisket smoked to Midwestern perfection. Enter Anastasio Botsaris, the chef and owner of Phoebe's Bar-B-Q. Botsaris and his pit crew call forth a wide array of Oklahoma-style barbecue meats from the fires of their kitchen. They stress simplicity above all else, letting their smoked rotisserie chickens and pulled-pork sandwiches speak for themselves. They don't skimp on the sides, either, which include candied yams and collard greens, which are best washed down with a tall pint of barbecue sauce.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Out of Wack Jack, a savory spot for American cuisine.
You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Out of Wack Jack offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Make sure to check out Out of Wack Jack's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Out of Wack Jack has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Energize your evening with some dancing — the restaurant often hosts a DJ.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Out of Wack Jack — it's strictly casual.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Out of Wack Jack also offers catering.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
A meal at Out of Wack Jack will typically set you back about $30.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Out of Wack Jack serves up all three meals.
At Baby Blues BBQ, they are showing their visitors what soulful BBQ is all about. In a cozy atmosphere with mismatched furniture and exposed brick, feel right at home digging into one of their authentic southern style dishes. Baby Blues BBQ is turning out BBQ that showcase their “hybrid” style that uses different barbecue techniques from Memphis, North Carolina and even New Orleans. Order and enjoy any one of their most popular mouth-watering dishes like the Memphis Ribs, Willie Brown burger or sliced brisket. Baby Blue BBQ is also serving up five of their very own sauces that pair perfectly with each dish. Their famous homemade style mac and cheese is a side dish you have to try. After the meal, stop by the bar where they have daily drink specials, a variety of beers along with their very own specialty cocktails. Join in on Happy Hour too, which happens Monday – Sunday from 5pm – 7pm. The late night fun of Reverse Happy Hour happens Monday – Sunday starting at 10pm and ending at Midnight.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Famous Dave's, a down-home barbecue joint in Philadelphia.
Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Famous Dave's' menu does not offer low-fat options.
The drink list at Famous Dave's has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Famous Dave's has kid-friendly food and seating.
With its spacious interior, Famous Dave's is a great choice for big groups and celebrations.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Famous Dave's.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
You can also serve food from Famous Dave's at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Don't spend time searching for parking — guests are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Your tab at Famous Dave's will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.