Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits
• Free lunch alert: Wednesday, May 21, is preview day for Hai Street Kitchen & Co., the Japanese quick-serve coming to 32 S. 18th Street. From 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, visitors to the shop will be treated to complimentary “rolls and bowls” from the unique menu, which features burrito-size maki rolls and rice bowls topped with meats, veggies and housemade sauces. Official opening date is Thursday, May 22.
• Down to the red on your phone battery? Pull up a stool at Bierstube in Old City, where proprietor Mike Naessens has just installed outlets at every seat. Forgot your cord? Buy one for $3.69, according to a report from The Insider. Free Wi-Fi is also available, along with (not-free) beer from 30 taps and some seriously killer pretzel bites.
• Good news for water ice fans. Passyunk Post reports that Italiano’s Water Ice at 12th and Shunk will reopen this summer after remaining closed in 2013. The South Philly spot has been around forever, and claims to be the inventor of the ice cream-water ice combo known as “gelati.” You can also get gelati at Rita’s, which, as it happens, just announced new stands at two Center City parks. They’ll be open daily from noon-7 PM, per Foobooz.
• So, sushi burritos, and now sushi tacos. Chef Adan Trinidad is hosting another Taco Exchange pop-up at Sancho Pistola’s. The guests on Wednesday, May 21, hail from Morimoto: chef de cuisine Banjamin Dayag and sous chef William Lindsay. From 9 PM-midnight, they’ll be in the Fishtown kitchen serving a sushi-taco mashup - chilled hamachi, konbu, pickled tomatillo, wasabi crème fraîche and puffed rice on a daikon taco.