Kalaya and Mike’s BBQ team up for a Thai beef brisket sandwich

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Chefs Mike Strauss and Nok Suntaranon are collaborating on a day-only brisket sandwich. / Photography by Mike Prince

Kalaya and Mike’s BBQ team up for a Thai BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich

It’s officially summer and it seems like almost everyone in town is doing something cool you should know. For starters, there’s this: Kalaya is celebrating her last week of residency at Bok Bar (and July 4, presumably) by collaborating with Mike Strauss of Mike’s BBQ for a one-day sandwich that looks absolutely killer.

Monday, July 4, at 2 p.m. — and only Monday, July 4 – they will be selling a sandwich made with Mike’s brisket, marinated with fermented fish, honey and a handful of undisclosed spices Chef Nok brought back from her hometown of Trang, Thailand. It will be topped with Kalaya som tum and topped with a Conshohocken Italian Bakery potato roll. They only make a hundred of these mofos, so you’ll have to plan accordingly. I guess they will soon be sold out, never to be seen again.

Fork launches a zine

Fork turns 25 in October (which sounds crazy, I know), and owner Ellen Yin is jumping on the festivities by releasing a series of quarterly ‘zines which, according to a press release, celebrate “the different sides of Fork and take a look at the past, present and future of the Old Town institution and the city/industry as a whole.

The first Fork’ zine focuses entirely on sustainability, one of the fundamental ideas behind the restaurant itself. It has pieces from everyone from Amanda Shulman to Stephen Starr, Inga Saffron to Lance Saunders. Future issues will cover community, food, wine and other topics, but the first is available now for $10, and you can get your copy in restaurants or online here.

Newly Opened BYOB East Passyunk Launches Brunch and Charity Pasta Collaborative

Down on the Avenue, 1911 BYOB (opened by Chris Kearse veteran couple Jon Raffa and Mike Gingras at 1911 East Passyunk Avenue, the former home of June BYOB and Will BYOB) is launching a new Sunday brunch service, a new summer menu with porgy toast, tomato carpaccio and burger topped with marrow bone and truffle aioli, and a pasta collaboration with Janine Bruno for the benefit of the Mama Mare association against breast cancer.

You can get details about brunch and the new menu here. The pasta collab is a spinach gnocchetti with ricotta, pancetta, peas and mint. According to the restaurant’s statement, the whole thing is a sort of riff on Joey Baldino’s gnocchi at Zeppoli, where Gingras worked.

The newly opened patio at Elwood / Photograph by Mike Prince

Elwood opens its terrace

In Fishtown, it looks like Elwood has finally gotten the go-ahead to open his patio. Which is good, because they’ve been trying to do it for six years, thanks to zoning headaches, regulatory issues, lawsuits, COVID.

But owners Adam Diltz and Jenny Ko now have a beautiful back patio and garden that extends Elwood’s footprint by an additional 18 seats when the weather is nice. It’s open now, although Diltz said in a press release that it will be a few more years before it starts to look like what he wants. Plants take time to grow, after all. Hoping they go a little faster than the Philadelphia zoning papers.

Holy Que Smokehouse launches summer pop-up in Doylestown

Meanwhile, in Doylestown, Holy Que Smokehouse are throwing what they call “a permanent pop-up” into the mix at Main Street Marketplace in Doylestown.

So what does that mean, exactly? They basically take up outdoor space on the patio behind the Hop/Scotch cocktail bar at the Marketplace and serve their Texas-style BBQ every weekend until late summer.

You can come every Saturday and Sunday, from noon until places are exhausted, from Saturday July 9th. The menu will rotate every weekend, but will include the basics – smoked meat and sides.

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