Quick Bites: New Hai Street, Little Baby’s in DC, The Oval Returns

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Hai Street Sushi Burrito opens in the food court at the Shops at Liberty Place.

Hai Street Kitchen opens its newest location today. The sushi roll fast-serve spot is now serving in the food court at the Shops of Liberty Place. This is Hai Street’s third Philadelphia location. There are also two locations in New York and a food truck roaming Philadelphia.

In other Philadelphia concepts branching out, Little Baby’s Ice Cream has a pop-up in Washington D.C. On Sundays. Washingtonians can get Little Baby’s unusual brand of ice cream on Sundays from 11am to 8pm in the Trickling Springs Creamery booth at Union Market.

The Oval sets a return date and a BYOB closes »

Hai Street Kitchen Is Expanding in Philly and Beyond

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The Hai Street Kitchen line isn’t this long anymore, but it does still reach the sidewalk. (Photo from May, 2014)

Expect to see more from Hai Street Kitchen & Co. in the near future: this spring, they are opening their third location at The Shops at Liberty Place at 17th and Chestnut Street, just down the block from their original shop. Then in the summer, they’re opening at the King of Prussia Mall, alongside Nicolette Pizzeria, Melt Shop, Shake Shack and the Fat Ham.

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Hai Street Kitchen Is in Expansion Mode

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Hai Street Kitchen team (left to right: Patrick Hughes, Christa Vigilante, Nick Muzyczka, Rachel Knable, Craig Williams, Sun Joon Kim)poses with their new wheels

Hai Street Kitchen is revving it up as the weather warms up. The sushi burrito fast-casual brand is going mobile with a food truck that will be hitting the streets. This week the truck will be at the following locations:

  • Wednesday between 33rd and 34th on Market Street from 11 am to 2 pm.
  • Thursday at Almac Pharma Group in Souderton, PA from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
  • Friday between 33rd and 34th on Market Street from 11 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Friday Evening at Free Will Brewery in Perkasie, PA from 4 pm to  9pm.
  • Saturday at 8 Oaks Distillery in New Tripoli, PA from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

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Hai Street Kitchen Adds Screaming Tuna Roll

tuna-hai-street-400A lunchtime visit to the still-packing-them-in Hai Street Kitchen today revealed that the spot has added a new menu item. The Screaming Tuna is yellow fin tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce, sesame oil, pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion and asparagus. And like everything at Hai Street, it is then wrapped in rice and nori.

Though today’s wrap wasn’t the tightest I’ve received from Hai Street, the Screaming Tuna was another boldly flavored winner from Genji’s corporate offspring.

Hai Street Kitchen [Foobooz]

First Bite: Hai Street Kitchen & Co.

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I did not make it to Hai Street Kitchen & Co. yesterday for the free maki rolls. However, occasional Foobooz contributor Fidel Gastro did brave the line. Check out his story on the line and the roll on his own blog.

Today, curiosity was too much to resist, even at 1:10 p.m. when the line stretched beyond the front door. Nineteen minutes later I had my custom roll and headed back to the office to critique and eat.

I went with a custom roll of flank steak (it was pink in the center of the slices and just looked too good to pass up), spicy gochujang sauce, wasabi guacamole sauce, romaine, carrot and red cabbage. It was finished with a shaker shake of fried garlic flakes. The roll was $8.99 for the steak plus another 99¢ for the wasabi guac.

The taste test

Free Sushi At Hai Street Kitchen Today

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Remember when we told you about the free sushi deal to celebrate the day-before-opening of Hai Street Kitchen?

Yeah, well that’s today. And this is what the line looked like at around 1pm. So, you know, maybe you should’ve gotten there a little earlier…

The free maki rolls line has been cut off. Hai Street Kitchen opens for regular pay-for business tomorrow.

Hai Street Kitchen [f8b8z]

Hai Street Kitchen Opening Soon (And How To Get Free Giant Sushi)

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A couple months back, we wrote about the former Grillicious location at 18th and Ranstead getting turned into a remodeled and re-branded Japanese fast-casual operation by the crew that used to run Genji in Center City.

Well, now that all the re-thising and re-thating is done, the new Hai Street Kitchen has an opening date: May 22nd. But that is neither the best or the weirdest news…

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Former Grillicious To Become Hai Street Kitchen

grillicious-lockedThings did not go so well for Grillicious on 18th Street. After just a few months in business, it ended up locked from the outside and stayed dark for a very long time.

But now it looks like there might be new life coming to 32 South 18th Street. The Insider is reporting that the space has been taken over by the team that ran Genji in Center City. They’re re-branding, calling the new operation Hai Street Kitchen & Co., and running it as a fast-casual, counter-service restaurant–kinda like Chipotle. Appropriate since the menu will be heavily slanted in the direction of bowls and seaweed wraps (which, if you squint, might look kinda like a burrito).

But whatever. No matter how it’s presented, more Japanese food in Philly is always good news in my book. I’ll take all the sushi, sashimi and hand rolls I can get.

The Insider has a bunch of history on Genji’s time in Philly and some more details on the new Hai Street.

Genji Returning To Rittenhouse With Hai Street Kitchen [Insider]