JewBoy was Mo Pittle’s nickname growing up in El Paso, Texas — it was a Semitic spin on “homeboy.” Now, he’s embraced it with JewBoy Burgers, his new food truck in Austin.
Look for Jewish-Latino mashups like the The Oy Vey Guey Burger, with Jack cheese, green chilies and jalapenos, and the Goyim, a bacon-and-grilled-pastrami burger with Swiss cheese on Texas Toast.
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Southern-Jewish in Charleston
At Café Gibbes, the new restaurant at Charleston, South Carolina’s Gibbes Museum, chef Joseph Jacobson is doing his own mashup — Southern and Jewish.
Headlining the menu: chicken soup; a Reuben, and smoked South Carolina whitefish salad, served with housemade pickles, the Post-Courier reports.
Terra Turns to Treyf
This Terra’s not so firma when it comes to kosher. Terra, upstate New York’s only kosher restaurant, has abandoned its kosher certification. It’ll reopen as an Italian joint in 2017.
The eatery, whose full name was Terra International Cuisine and NuWave Café, was “a curious hybrid, offering kosher, vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Indian, pescatarian and raw fare,” the Albany Times-Union reports.
Can’t see how that never caught on.
Smokey Joe’s Loses Lease
Another kosher place is calling it quits, but not by choice. Smokey Joe’s in Teaneck, New Jersey, which billed itself as “the world’s first authentic, kosher, pit-smoked barbecue,” lost its lease, owner Joseph Godin tells the NJ Jewish Link. Even pleas from town officials didn’t help. Godin’s now scouting for space.
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Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org