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The Best New Orleans Pop-Up Restaurants To Try NOW

Burmese curries, Indian street food, fried chicken, pasta and balls popping up all over New Orleans.


MID CITY - Former pop-up Milkfish is paying it forward now that it's a brick and mortar of its own, and Burmese cuisine current pop-up Lahpet is killing it for lunch on North Carrollton St. with dishes like pickled tea leaf salad, potato ginger samosas, and the house curried fish plate. Check out the $10 lunch special, which includes one of the three salads and two side dishes. The pop-up engagement is for January, so get over there this week in case it doesn't continue into February.

LGD - Whiskey bar Barrel Proof hosts Little Birda collaborative pop-up from Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig on Wednesday-Sunday nights starting at 5pm. On Sundays, the kitchen closes at 10pm, but Wed-Sat it's open till midnight. Enjoy the flavorful comfort food like the prosciutto-esque Broadbent ham, red bean toast, potato "jo-jo"s (puffed up steak fries) fried apple hand pie, and the utterly addicting cold fried chicken sandwich. Pro tip: although everything is available a la carte, the best idea is to get one of everything for $35.

IRISH CHANNEL/FRENCH QUARTER - Husband and wife team Jordan and Amarys Herndon pop up as The Old Portage at NOLA Brewing's taproom on Tuesdays and at the Black Penny every other Saturday, bringing dishes like peas & rice, fried oyster poboys, rabbit lasagna, and, until Mardi Gras, a fois gras and strawberry king cake. They also pop up occasionally at Kin, usually with a more formal prix fixe menu. Check out their ever-changing weekly menus on Facebook.

SEVENTH WARD - Neighbors of Sydney's Saloon can see David Robertshaw rolling his clay tandoor oven to set up Bird by Bird, a Indian pop-up featuring meat and bread cooked on the side of the 1000-degree oven. Bird by Bird is open for business at Sydney's on Fridays and Saturdays. It's simple, delicious, and authentic street food brought to St. Bernard Ave.

MID-CITY/UPTOWN - Hit up Pal's Lounge and 45 Tchoup to try Chris Johnson's Beer Makes It Better cuisine which uses nature's perfect beverage as an ingredient for his beer battered fried chicken & waffles, mac & cheese, and sliders. Tune into Facebook to find out where and when he's popping up.

MARIGNY - Housemade pastas are the name of the game for the Fatto Bene pop-up held at Bao and Noodle once a month. Lasagna, risotto, ravioli, gnocchi, salads, and desserts grace the menu - check out the pop-up's Facebook page for info on when each monthly event takes place, as well as the menu.

MID-CITY/ALGIERS - Stickball revels in all things meatball as well as Italian food in general. Find their spherical offerings at Pal's Lounge like meatballs and mashed potatoes, mac and cheese burger balls, Buffalo Bill balls over Texas toast, or goat (cheese) balls with pepper jelly. Sundays (formerly Thursdays) finds them across the river at 323 Verret Street in Algiers Point with dishes like Italian wedding soup, lasagna, arancini, tortellini, and eggplant parm.