Monday Morning TL;DR: Speaking of Last Meals…

It’s Monday morning, and if you’ve found yourself here yet again, it’s probably because you want to know about eating dogs in China, gas station botulism, and how avocado toast is ruining the housing market (at least according to one idiot).

But let’s start this week with something that you’ve always wanted to know: What they were eating on the Hindenburg right before…well, you know.

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What To Eat This Weekend: SPAM, Lobsters, Plant-Meat and SPAM

Poi Dog/Facebook

Once again, we have made it to Friday. I think we deserve to celebrate. And how better to do that than with lobsters, SPAM, donuts, plant-based proteins and more lobster? We’ve got everything you need, from the best bagels in Philly to Hawaiian food that’s perfect for a hot afternoon and a new seafood brunch.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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Philly’s Best Rooftop Bar Is Back Next Week

Bok Bar

Trendy rooftop spot Bok Bar, perched eight stories high atop the former Bok Tech building at 8th and Mifflin Streets, reopens for for a third season on Thursday, May 25 — and they’ll be serving up dumplings and a slew of pop-up dinners all summer long.

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Bread Wizard Alex Bois Is Back With Lost Bread Co.

Lost Bread Co.’s Smoked Malt Potato Buns/Alex Bois

Alex Bois, the James Beard Award-nominated baker behind the artisan bread program that brought well-deserved national attention to Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market, has a new venture.

Since his exit from High Street last fall, Bois has left, er, breadcrumbs on Instagram as to what he’s been up to — like the thick, hearty “fatbread” pizzas that popped up at Helm this winter, a brainstorming list of names for a potential new bakery, and finally, a video of golden-brown soft pretzels baking for Morgan’s Pier.

His new project, in partnership with Avram Hornik’s FCM Hospitality, is Lost Bread Co., a wholesale (and eventually retail) bakery.

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Vote Now for the Best of the Best of Philly Finalists

We asked for your opinions, and you voted. Now, we’ve narrowed down the top three finalists in each of this year’s Great Philly Food Fight categories, and it’s time to pick the very best — the Best Burger, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Cheesesteak, Best Suburban Restaurant, and Best Beer Bar.

Head over to our Best of Philly Finalists page to cast your vote — which you can do once per day, every day, through June 20, when the polls close.

Best of all? When you make your foodie preferences known, you’ll have the chance to win two tickets to this year’s Best of Philly bash.

Vote Now for the Best of Philly Finalists [Philly Mag]

With Gravy Joint, the Virtual Restaurant Trend Officially Arrives in Philly

Last year, Ryan and Gabrielle Rubino opened BarOne across the street from their family’s restaurant — and the oldest Italian restaurants in the country — Ralph’s. As it is, the bar’s a complete departure from the old-school, red sauce stylings of its 9th Street cousin. It’s new and modern with small plates, nifty cocktails and craft beer, and while it does just fine on the Bella Vista bar scene (especially since the departure of Neuf and Coeur), there’s always opportunity for growth.

So, the Rubinos are launching a new restaurant called Gravy Joint. They’re going the fast-casual route because it’s 2017, and every restaurant owner needs some sort of off-shoot quick-serve. And, of course, it’ll be based in South Philly.

Well, sort of.

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Behind the Line: Sylva Senat, Philly’s Best Under-the-Radar Chef

Maison 208 chef Sylva Senat in an alley near his Old City home.(Photo courtesy Neff & Associates.)

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s new weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. To read last week’s Behind the Line with Michael Solomonov, go here.

We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for Maison 208, the new 13th Street restaurant from Sylva Senat, the Haitian-born chef whose trajectory has taken him through the kitchens of Stephen Starr, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, groundbreaking Indian restaurant Tashan, and, most recently, Bravo’s Top Chef, where he had quite the respectable run during the last season. Well, Maison 208 is set to open any day — hello, City of Philadelphia, please sign the paperwork! — so we asked Senat to break it all down for us.

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On Island Time: Poi Dog Reviewed

Until recently, Philly had only one real option when it came to Hawaiian food: the Poi Dog truck run by partners Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca. But now there’s also … well, now there’s the Poi Dog brick-and-mortar location, also opened by Aranita and Vacca.

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