Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits
• Morimoto pastry chef Thomas McCarthy wants to put your sweet tooth to the test. His first batch of housemade ice creams and sorbets at the Washington Square restaurant includes flavors like popcorn, salted caramel black licorice, uni (apparently sea urchin tastes like butterscotch) and Ube Bee Baby, made with Filipino purple yams and Hachinoko, the larvae of honeybees. It’s all available to go for $10 per pint. Stop in and ask the host or order from your server when you’re done with dinner. Look for additional flavors to roll out throughout the summer.
• Lauded Princeton gem Elements will close for a half-year or so while Scott Anderson moves it into the second floor of the building that’s home to sister restaurant Mistral, reports Eater. Seating will go down to 30 from 80, but the chef is looking forward to a more intimate dining experience, and might even go tasting-menu-only on weekends. June 28 will be the last night of service in the original spot.
• Judges picked the much-talked-about Avance lamb burger as overall winner of Burger Brawl, reports The Insider, but the people’s choice prize went to surprise champ Blue Duck Sandwich Co., the not-yet-open Northeast BYO from Kris Serviss that we broke the news on last month. Runners up were The Twisted Tail and Parc, and the Xfinity Live event raised $140,000 for Philly schools.
• Paris Bistro gets two bells from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, who enjoyed chef Al Paris’ French cuisine much more than a decade ago. Philadelphia magazine’s Trey Popp hits up the liquor-licensed Lolita for a “revisit” and is as taken with the veg-filled garden margarita as we were, plus he loves the wider selection of not-so-small plates. Popp also popped into Jose Garces' Bar Volvér, and while the $65 entry-level caviar is steep, the cocktails ($12) are not, and he finds the tartines a worthy alternative.