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The Bok Building Is About to Add a Classic Barbecue Spot

South Philly Smokhaus opens next week in the former school turned restaurant, retail, and studio hub

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The Bok building in South Philly, known for its wildly popular rooftop bar, is about to get another hotspot. Barbecue restaurant South Philly Smokhaus from Eric Daelhousen opens at Bok on Tuesday, October 16. It joins the seasonal roof bar, Mediterranean cocktail bar Irwin’s, coffee shop Two Persons, artist studios, fitness studios, and other tenants in the former technical high school that takes up a full block at 8th and Mifflin Streets. South Philly Smokhaus is in what was an auto body shop at the school.

The counter-service-style Smokhaus is Daelhousen’s first restaurant, after testing out his barbecue at several pop-ups. He’ll be selling brisket, beef short ribs, St. Louis-style spare ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken wings, sandwiches, and sides like potato salad and mac and cheese. He’ll also be offering breakfast sandwiches — two eggs over-easy, cheddar cheese, and a choice of meat served on a pain au lait long roll — on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Check out the full menu here.

Daelhousen is joined by Robert Passio, who’s running butcher counter Passio Prime in the same space. Passio also has Reading Terminal Market butcher shop Giunta’s Prime Shop.

When it’s up and running next week, Smokhaus’ hours will be Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passio Prime, which opened October 10, sells beef, chicken, pork, eggs, and more Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both are on the Dudley Street side of the Bok building, at 821 Dudley.

This is the second new barbecue joint in South Philly to be excited about: Mike’s BBQ opened at the beginning of the year not far from Smokhaus, at 11th and Morris Streets in the former South Philly Barbacoa.

Meaty offerings at South Philly Smokhaus
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