Blue Belly BBQ | The latest addition to the city’s quickly expanding barbecue scene is Gene Giuffi’s Blue Belly BBQ. Catty-corner from his lauded French BYOB Cochon, Blue Belly is serving up metal trays of barbecue without borders. This global perspective on smoked meats frees up Giuffi to think outside of regional confines with slices of fantastically fatty Berkshire pork shoulder served with fried-onion-topped mac and cheese and braised greens, alongside inspired sandwiches like lamb barbacoa with jicama, radish, crispy tortilla and chili-pepper vinegar. Open Wed.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., 600 Catharine St., 215-238-0615, bluebellybbq.com.
Beck’s Cajun Café | Reading Terminal N’awlins favorite Beck’s Cajun Cafe has branched out to a location in 30th Street Station. Now harried commuters and U City denizens can get Big Easy favorites like fried oyster po-boys, gumbo and overstuffed muffulettas all day long. Open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 2955 Market St., 215-592-0505, beckscajuncafe.com.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream World Head Quarters |It’s official: Local ice-cream magicians Little Baby’s Ice Cream have opened their brick-and-mortar shop. No longer a transient pleasure, scoops of Maryland Barbecue, Speculoos and Balsamic Banana can be found at their next-level scoop shop six days a week. Stop on in for dairy and non-dairy cones, cups, shakes, floats and out-of-this-world ice-cream sandwiches, as well as a singular ice-cream-eating experience. Hours are limited pending the opening of their imminent, long-awaited pizza-seum and brother store Pizza Brain. Open Tue.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 2-11 p.m.; Sun., 2-10 p.m. 2311 Frankford Ave., 267-687-8567, littlebabysicecream.com.
Following his annual blow-out Mémé pig dinner, David Katz let the city know that the previous evening’s meal would be the restaurant’s last. The 2201 Spruce St. space is on the market and that Katz will be back in touch once it’s sold. Mad River (126 Chestnut St.) is being replaced by a local beer/seafood concept dubbed Craft & Claw.