Eat/Drink is NEXT’s weekly roundup of all things crazy good on the Pittsburgh dining scene.

The Pop Stops Here
A little over a year ago, Todd Saulle was making small talk at a party with someone who worked at an artisan popsicle shop in Philadelphia.

“I thought that was a really cool idea, and I started messing around with different recipes last April,” he says.

Now in its second year, Saulle’s The Pop Stop is back and ready to assuage your summer sweet tooth, if in an albeit unconventional way. Saulle’s product lineup includes regular fruit flavors like strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and peach, but also a variety of unconventional combinations which have caught Pittsburgh’s attention.

Cucumber Mint Lime, made with gin, is surprisingly popular right now, he says. So are Watermelon Parsley, and a Pineapple Basil offering which he cooked up with Wigle Whiskey’s Spiced Landlocked.

Saulle is eager to get a new batch of Honeydew Pistachio made, but says he’ll likely wait for later in the summer when more local honeydew are available. Mexican Chocolate is also on the horizon.

While The Pop Stop’s pops are currently only available through a few retail outlets—Thin Man Sandwich Shop and Franktuary are two of them—Saulle makes his way to farmers markets and outdoor events all summer.

“This weekend, we’re at Feastival in McKees Rocks, and that’s an all-day event. Then we’re at Hartwood Acres this Sunday for the concert series. Tonight, I’ve got a thing for Yelp. Every other Sunday, I’m at the Shadyside Nursery for Weather Permitting,” he says.

For a complete schedule of appearances, list of flavors and catering options, check out The Pop Stop’s website.

Wigle releasing oaked Landlocked
Wigle Whiskey will release an oaked version of its Landlocked honey spirit this Friday with a party at their new barrelhouse and whiskey garden in Spring Hill. The event includes a Tiki drink competition with offerings from Greta Dunn of Meat and Potatoes and the Tiki Lounge, Will Groves of Butterjoint and Craig Mrusek of Tender.

“The earthiness still pops through but it’s kind of in a changed form,” Wigle’s Wes Shonk says of the new spirit. “The normal dry malty earthiness has gone to a charred, smoky earthiness. The biggest thing that comes through is that raw honey flavor, but goes to this rich, caramel, velvety flavor caramelized honey.”

Tickets to the event are $10 and available through Wigle’s website. The PGH Taco Truck and Lomito Truck will be on hand with food. Speaking of which…

You must eat this:
The PGH Taco Truck spent last Friday night in front of Bayardstown Social Club, and Eat/Drink had a chance to try owner James Rich’s newly altered spicy jerk chicken taco with avocado cream. It’s spicy enough by itself, but just a few dashes of Cholula hot sauce and this thing will resonate with your taste buds a full 20 minutes after you’ve finished it.

South Park burger joint coming to Mt. Lebanon
BnDz (short for Burgerz and Dogz), the hamburger and hot dog shop on Brownsville Road in South Park, will establish a Mt. Lebanon location on Washington Road in July. BnDz specializes in…well, you get the idea.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...