This is the best BBQ joint in N.E. Philly for us. We're both from this area and make trips back to the area occasionally. Previously we were frequent patrons of the Rib Rack on Bustelton Ave.
We made our second visit to Sweet Lucy's this past Saturday for lunch. It's a great place for BBQ, and it's convenient if you’re traveling on I-95 through Philly. They're on State Rd, just south of the Philly prison complex. If you heading south, you get off at Academy Rd and if heading north, get off at Cottman Ave. State Rd parallels I-95. One thing, their sign is mounted on the side of the building and it's tough to see it from the street. Just open the windows and follow your nose.
It's a place your order, pay, then pick it up a few minutes later, with a nice smoke free dining room that is pretty much self service. They do have someone cleaning up tables. All of the food is served in styrofoam containers, whether you're eating there or the order is to go. So there's no problem with ordering takeout and eating it there. (Which is what we did on our return visit to save some time)
The first time was in late January for dinner. The line to order was out the door. I had a combo plate of ribs and brisket and the wife had the pulled pork platter. We shared sides of baked beans, potato salad, green beans and mashed potatoes. Everything was excellent, with the only surprise being the ribs. The ribs were described as "Memphis Ribs" so I was expecting them to be dry, but they were served with sauce on them. They were also cut into individual servings. But they were great ribs.
On Saturday, we wanted a light lunch as we had reservations for dinner elsewhere and knew we had to save room for that. As I mentioned, we called ahead to place our order. They weren't quite as busy, but were doing a good takeout business which I'm guessing had something to do with March Madness. We shared a BBQ pulled chicken platter with the baked beans and green beans. Again, an excellent meal.
The Phila Inquirer food critic has recently gave them a good review, and they have also won other awards. Will definitely be back in May during our next trip to Philly.