It’s opening day for Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles, Center City’s new two-part destination for raw fish and ramen. The dual Asian brand, which got its start inside an Atlanta food hall in 2016, has since expanded to Jacksonville, Tampa, Raleigh, Houston, and now, Philly (255 S. 10th Street).
Poke Burri builds poke bowls and sushi burritos with fresh salmon, tuna, shrimp tempura, crab salad, and crispy tofu, and “everything” sushi donuts feature all fish at once. The menu’s parallel row of ramen options include classic tonkotsu with pork belly and black mushroom or “Popeye’s Favorite” with spinach swimming in creamy chicken broth. Diners can build-their-own sushi rolls or ramen bowls by checking off a long list of ingredients on the back. A shared starter section includes spicy tuna nachos and fried pork gyoza.
The counter service model offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery via UberEats and Doordash.
In other news...
- Ed Crochet, chef and owner at Front Street’s contemporary Italian restaurant Fiore, won an episode of Chopped that aired Tuesday, February 9 on Food Network.
- Philly’s own Boyz II Men will do a virtual Valentine’s Day concert as part of a limited-edition “Berryz II Men” milkshake drop available via DoorDash through Sunday. The Grammy Award-winning group’s “ultimate ‘90s throwback romance experience” will be streamed for free through Twitch and DoorDash’s Facebook Live.
- Kensington’s anticipated Mural City Cellars is now open with six wines to start, reports Philly Mag. Philly’s first locally-driven urban winery plucks grapes grown within a 300-mile radius and ferments, presses, and bottles the product on-site. [PM]
- Conshohocken’s incoming 127-room Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel will include a restaurant called 1874 Social, honoring the year of the site’s historic firehouse roots. Hotel West + Main, opening mid-2022, will also feature a second-floor perch called Hook & Ladder Skybar.