About Us

Our Story

Hey everyone and welcome to South of Philly’s page! We are a locally owned restaurant here in Sylva, North Carolina. Our goal is to feed every mouth in the Sylva, Cullowhee, Webster, and Dillsboro area.

We sell high-quality food with only the finest ingredients. Cheesesteaks, wings, and now SOUPS that are absolutely mouth-watering!

You can place your order in person, over the phone @ (828) 586-0550 or Order Online


Learn about our ownership team below!

Ally & Steven Grady

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Majority Owners & Managing Partners

Ally & Steven Grady are the majority owners of South of Philly. After meeting in 2013, The Grady's dated for over 4 years before tying the knot on October 2nd, 2017.


Born and raised in Taylorsville, NC, Ally moved to the Sylva area in 2005 to attend Western Carolina University before starting her career at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort in 2012. After over 5 years, Ally ventured out into the entrepreneurial word to join her husband, Steven, as owners of South of Philly. In Ally's spare time she enjoys spending time with the family animals, Lizzy, Little Bit, Ollie, and Kiera.


Canadian-raised Steven moved to the United States in 2010 at the age of 21. After spending time in Georgia and Indiana, he relocated to North Carolina where he met Allison in their jobs at the casino. After pursuing his passion of umpiring baseball professionally, Steven returned to North Carolina and followed his dreams to become his own boss and became owner of South of Philly. In addition to his ownership duties, Steven is a collegiate baseball umpire, high school football referee, and works for The Asheville Tourists as their official scorer.

Dale Buchanan

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Minority Owner & Working Partner

Dale Buchanan is the 3rd member of the South of Philly ownership group. Dale was born and raised in the area, graduating from Smoky Mountain High School in 1991. Dale, his wife April, their two children Morgan and Bailey, and grandchild Ryder reside in Sylva, NC.


In addition to being owner and overall fixer upper of South of Philly, Dale works as a Quality Technician for the Department of Transportation. In his spare time, Dale enjoys spending time with his beautiful family, being involved with Cullowhee Valley Baptist Church, and refereeing high school football.