While highly-anticipated restaurant openings are bursting at the seams this fall, this season also happens to be ripe with an abundance of incredible pop-ups. Chefs are slinging everything from raw oysters to Korean food to barbecue, with soul food, Cajun, Cuban and small plates all available for way cheaper than you'll find at any restaurant. Such is the beauty of the pop-up. That, and being able to say you were there from the start, as a few of these are likely destined to go brick-and-mortar at some point.
Though some of the names may be familiar, these pop-ups have either launched or relaunched in the past year. A couple are getting ready to debut in the next week. Here's ten hot new pop ups to try in New Orleans this fall, including four pop ups to hit up tonight, and some lagniappe of other fine temporary eateries happening around town.
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1.) Seoul Shack
Where: Three Muses on Tuesdays
The Sitch: Dan Esses and Sophie Lee will turn up the heat this October when their 70s-style Korean snack shack takes over the Dragon's Den kitchen. Until then, get a taste of Esses' bibambop, japchae, and Korean fried chicken every Tuesday at Three Muses (sans September 9) until they move down the street.
2.) The Mosquito Supper Club
Where: The Tigermen Den (3113 Royal)
The Sitch: Chef/Cafe Hope alum Melissa Martin does beautiful, McNulty-approved farm to table Cajun cuisine, including a Soul Creole/Gumbo/Beer dinner on September 11, and also a four course doozie with raw oysters, shrimp boulette and more on September 29.
[Photo: Tigermen's Den Official Website]
3.) We've Got Soul
Where: Jim's (3000 Royal) every Friday night
The Sitch: After returning from a brief foray to DC, chef Tres Barnard brings Delta-style soul food to the Marigny once again every Friday night, with his down home pop up that serves everything from pork chops to Frito Pie to calamari, and the most decadent dips you've ever tasted.
4.) Black Label BBQ
Where: Barrel Proof on college/pro/NFL/Monday night game days
The Sitch: Former Marine/Texan/pitmaster Damian Brugger brings his Texas style brisket, ribs, smoked chicken wings, sandwiches, sides and more the LGD's new shot and a beer bar during NFL, college, pro and monday night football, starting this week.
5.) Splendid Pig
Where: Carrollton Station (Monday nights); Coulis (Tues nights)
The Sitch: Chefs and keepers of the NOLA pop-up roster Brandon Blackwell and Jennifer Sherrod-Blackwell continue to bring refined, seasonal small plates to the Uptown crowd from 6 to 9:30 on Mondays and Tuesdays for very cheap prices considering the quality.
6.) RAH/BAH, Cocina Dolores, Joie de Vie, & More
Where: Aline Street Beer Garden
The Sitch: Aline is going off in terms of pop ups this fall, with a roster that rotates daily and features everything form raw oysters to tonight's Cocina Dolores, serving carnitas, lengua, pollo, and calavaza tacos for $2.50 each. Yay, Taco Tuesday.
Where: Inside Lava (1410 N. Broad)
The Sitch: Formerly located inside PNT on St. Claude, this purveyor of eclectic comfort food has made the move to N. Broad (in the McHardy's region of snacking), serving breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and lunch/dinner from 12 to 8 p.m., and all menu items are under $7. Plus, delivery is available.
8.) L'enfant Terrible
Where: Molly's at the Market, Thurs/Fri from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sat/Sun noon to 2 a.m. beginning September 5
The Sitch: NOLA native/chef Matthew Kopfler brings elevated pub grub to Molly's At The Market starting September 5. The opening menu, including a boudin scotch egg, pierogi, buffalo chicken rangoon, and cheese fries (and put an egg on it brunch) looks like every global drunkypants food you've ever wanted at the lower Decatur booze emporium. Kopfler is also planning to pop up outside of Molly's, including wine/food pairing events at Pearl Wines.
9.) Four Calendar Cafe
Where: Faubourg Wines
The Sitch: Chef Matt Hayashi and partner Amie Marvel--who also formerly operated Dim Sum and Then Some at The Joint--serve creative small plates every Tuesday night, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Faubourg Wines. Try them tonight. Cash only.
Inside Faubourg Wines [Photo: Facebook]
10.) Congreso Cubano
Where: Friday night at Pal's, Tuesdays at Hi Ho, some Saturdays at Solo Espresso
The Sitch: Orlando "Orly" Vega and Ricky Ostry are currently holding down the Cuban cuisine circuit with ropa vieja, maduros, ceviche, tostones, and empanadas galore. Try them tonight at 6 p.m. at The Hi Ho with live music at 9 p.m.
[Photo: Facebook/Bryan Tarnowski]
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