Shake Shack And Big Gay Ice Cream Collaborating (And Not Just In Your Dreams)

CampoutLogoNo, seriously. Shake Shack and Big Gay Ice Cream, two of the most cultishly loved brands in Philadelphia’s (transplanted) restaurant scene, are getting together this week to bid adieu to the flavors of summer–just as the entire edible universe is being taken over by pumpkin-flavored everything.

Sure, they’re saying that this is a welcome to “fall and camping season,” and they’re calling it their Campout Layer Shake, but what we’re talking about here is essentially a drinkable s’more and that sounds pretty summery to us.

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Hey, You Know How You Always Complain About COOK Tickets Being Sold Out…?


One of the biggest complaints about COOK has nothing to do with my constant (and HILARIOUS) excoriations of the crowds at Open Stove for not loving Barfly and Strange Brew (two of the best drinking movies EVER), but the fact that tickets for the best classes are often sold out before most people even get a chance to register (hence our monthly sneak preview posts).

But now, you all have nothing to complain about. Because right now, there are some awesome September classes that still have seats available because, you know, its the end of summer and kids are going back to school and people have other things to worry about than getting the chance to talk about ice cream (and other desserts) with the guys from Big Gay Ice Cream.

Anyway, here’s the good stuff that COOK has left right now:

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Six Best Frozen Sweets to Eat Right Now

MO-Big-Gay-Ice-Cream-Courtney-AppleBest Soft-Serve in Philly

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It’s all delicious, though the Salty Pimp, with dulce de leche and sea salt, is the one people talk about — as they should. 521 South Broad Street, Bella Vista, 267-886-8024.

Best Ice Cream Sundae in Philadelphia

Franklin Fountain’s Mt. Vesuvius
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream studded with brownie “boulders,” hot fudge, malt powder and whipped cream. Michelle Obama can wait only so long before declaring war on this caloric eruption. 116 Market Street, Old City, 215-627-1899.

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10 Of Philly’s Best Ice Cream Floats

Watermelon and Mint Soda Float 

We didn’t mean to, but in the past couple of weeks we’ve done a lot of ice cream float reporting. There were the beer floats collaboration between Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks. Then, we told you about the nitro-charged coffee and Weckerly’s ice cream floats collaboration at Rival Brothers and the 2015 affogato road show (because, being made of ice cream and a liquid, affogatos are kinda like floats). So, after all that, we finally just decided to put together a guide to some of our favorite floats around town. Because seriously? There’s just no better way to kick off a season of shore-house-less sorrows than to to drown them in than a tall glass of something frothy and creamy.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Opening As Early As Friday [UPDATED]

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UPDATE [5/1/2015, 4:59 pm]: Big Gay Ice Cream opened a day earlier than we expected. They threw open the doors last night, on Thursday, April 30th. Here, a shot of the Big Gay Ice Cream crew, with owners Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint.

ORIGINAL: Philly food writer Michael Klein stopped in to Philly’s Big Gay Ice Cream location this week, and he projects the New York-based treat shop could be open as early as Friday, May 1st. According to the board in the photo they sent, the shop will offer up everything from shakes to sundaes to specialty cones with sassy names like Salty Pimp, the Bea Arthur and American Gloss. It’s located near the intersection of Broad and South streets.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Book Signing at Juniper Commons


Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint, founders of Big Gay Ice Cream, recently released the book Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats. To celebrate the release, Juniper Commons (the next door neighbor of the Philadelphia location of Big Gay Ice Cream) is hosting them at the restaurant for a book signing on Thursday, April 30th.

From 6 pm to 8 pm, join the authors for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of the new book. At 6:30, a Q&A will commence with Petroff and Quint, followed by a meet and greet.

The price is $50 per person, including food, drinks and the signed cookbook. The cookbook is a yearbook of ice cream recipes, starting from freshman year with simple toppings and shoppings lists and concluding with senior year, where you can create your own sorbets and ice creams. It also includes some strange stories from the authors.

You can purchase your tickets online at Juniper Commons website.

Big Gay Ice Cream [Foobooz]
Juniper Commons [Foobooz]

Big Gay Ice Cream at Alla Spina

big-gay-night-alla-spina-940Big Gay Ice Cream will be opening at Broad and South Streets one day soon. In the meantime you can get a Rocky Roadhouse sundae, maple-biscoff-bourbon shake plus burlesque and a drag show at Alla Spina on Sunday, March 22nd.

Alla Spina will be handling the savory fare and Big Gay Ice Cream will take care of the sweet stuff. There will also be a burlesque and drag show with host Bambi Galore to entertain. Victory Brewing beers will also be on special.

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Winter Restaurant Openings That Have Us Excited


We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.

Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.

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It Looks Like The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop Is Actually Going To Open

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We first started talking about the possibility of the Big Gay Ice Cream guys coming to Philly back in June. Everything since then? Expectation, speculation and wondering what the hell was taking so long.

But today, we finally got something of an answer. Apparently, the Big Gay Ice Cream team has been hung up waiting for permits (welcome to Philly, fellas…). They announced their breakthrough via Twitter.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Coming to Broad and South


Big Gay Ice Cream was next to Kevin Sbraga last night and will be again this summer.

As expected, Big Gay Ice Cream announced at Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event that the ice cream business is indeed coming to Philadelphia. The popular ice cream shop is going to be located on the South Street side of the SouthStar Lofts at Broad and South. Kevin Sbraga will be taking up the rest of the ground floor retail with his third restaurant.

Big Gay Ice Cream opened its first store in 2011 in the East Village and added a West Village outpost in 2012. Like Philadelphia, Los Angeles will also be adding a Big Gay Ice Cream in the summer of 2014.

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