Experiencing the Heights of Soup at Stock

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Brian Freedman sings the praises of Stock, the Vietnamese cafe on Girard Avenue in Fishtown.

Beef pho tastes as deep as some sort of soupy Mariana Trench, the liquid exquisitely, exuberantly rich in character. Mushroom pho is built on a stunning umami-rich broth. Both of them, with a generous scattering of herbs and their perfectly cooked rice noodles, are large enough to share but good enough that you won’t want to. 

There’s way more to Stock than simple broth [Philadelphia Weekly]
Stock [Foobooz]

Here’s What the Shepard Fairey Mural in Fishtown Looks Like Today

Artist Shepard Fairey has begun working on his new mural that’s going up this week on a building at 1228 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

The mural, called Lotus Diamond and done in conjunction with Mural Arts, is scheduled to be done by this Friday, August 8th. Here, we’re keeping track of the progress till then:

UPDATE [8/7/2014, 9:34 a.m.]: Mural Arts and Shepard Fairey Instagrammed the following two pics at the end of day two of the Fishtown project. The mural looks gorgeous. According to Fairey, it should be finished today, Thursday, August 7th.

Fairey studies his print that will inspire the mural.

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Whiskey and BBQ Dinner at Fette Sau

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On Tuesday, August 5th, Fette Sau is hosting a Whiskey and BBQ Dinner. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature whiskey pairings from Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey and chef Jason Goodman’s family-style, never-before-seen menu items. Though a menu hasn’t been released, we do know that most of the 9 dishes will imitate Pennsylvania classics, like “Duck and Kraut.”

And as you stuff your face, keep an eye out for Dad’s Hat founder Herman Mihalich and co-founder John Cooper.  They’ll be walking around to give some guidance on the whiskey pairings, which will include three cocktails and one neat pour.

Tickets are limited and cost $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, make reservations by calling 215-391-4888 or by visiting the restaurant.

Fette Sau [Foobooz]

Girard: Brasserie and Bruncherie Coming to Fishtown

Girard | Otto Architects

Girard | Otto Architects

This fall, Cristian Mora and chef Brian Oliveira are opening Girard, a 70-seat French BYO at 300 East Girard Avenue. The restaurant which will be both brasserie and bruncherie with a grab-and-go section is being designed by James Beard Award nominated architects Joshua Otto AIA.

The design is inspired by pop art. Bright white marble countertops and tabletops will populate the dining room.

Girard will have a couple of unusual features that will differentiate the restaurant. Girard will be reservation-only and will not solicit gratuity for servers. Instead, Mora and Oliveira will pay a “living wage.” similar to the way restaurants operate throughout Europe. “Our business model allows us to offer our employees health insurance, paid sick days and profit sharing, which we’re very excited about,” said Oliveira.

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Arctic Splash Cartons: Litter Scourge of the River Wards or Works of Art?

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Arctic Splash isn’t made in Fishtown. It isn’t made in Philadelphia, or even Pennsylvania. But that hasn’t stopped the budget-priced iced tea — basically water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid and something called “tea solids” — from becoming synonymous with River Wards culture.

Drunk from the school-lunch fold-top cartons that bear that kitschy frost-capped logo, Splash — “the Faygo of Fishtown,” according to one fishtown.us poster — has long been an iconic beverage north of Girard. (No one’s really sure why.) Manufactured by Massachusetts-based Dean Foods and distributed regionally by its subsidiary, Lehigh Valley Dairy, it’s peddled at shops and delis throughout the area, and residents have capitalized on that ubiquity to turn it into a point of pride. The so-sweet tea’s responsible for inspiring band names, T-shirt designs and boozy variations at local bars.

It’s also inspired a tremendous amount of litter, a reality not lost on seventh-generation Fishtowner Jake Sauer. For every person he comes across sipping one — “I literally see babies in strollers drinking Arctic Splash out of a straw,” he says — he’s able to spot multiple cartons, in varying states of decomposition, trashing up his Fishtown streets.

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This Saturday: Clam bake and Beer at Johnny Brenda’s

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Looking for a good ole’ clam bake in Philly? Well look no further than Johnny Brenda’s. The Fishtown bar is hosting an evening of oysters, crabs, lobster, and much more, including a very special menu item –  Crab Poutine with Andouille sausage gravy over Old Bay fries. And to wash it all down, beers and ciders from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

So stop by on Saturday, July 26, to feast on the good food and enjoy the only kind of music that seems right for a clambake: beach songs and surf tunes, provided by DJ DNA, David April.

The event is pay-as-you-go and will be running from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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Postgreen Offers Peek At Its Next Project

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Trenton Avenue, which begins in the triangle where Fishtown, East Kensington and Port Richmond overlap, is a broad thoroughfare that once was a bustling industrial corridor. Now, save for one day a year, it’s mostly a quiet residential street.

Chad Luderman, CEO of Postgreen Homes, believes this transformation was a mistake. Not that he wants to bring back industry, but rather, it’s that a street this wide makes for a natural commercial corridor. (It certainly makes a great setting for an arts festival and kinetic sculpture race.)

It may be too late to add commerce to the rest of the street, but Luderman’s going to at least try to salvage a little stretch of it.

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