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Grilled chicken skewers from LoveCats on a blue plate.
Grilled chicken skewers from LoveCats.

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The Hottest Pop-Ups in Los Angeles Right Now

Where to get blistered sourdough pizzas, live-fire feasts, and more

It’s hard to think of a time when pop-ups weren’t a part of Los Angeles’s dining fabric. Aside from offering some of the most creative meals in town, these ephemeral events can sometimes provide a preview of up-and-coming brick-and-mortar restaurants. Over the past decade, these makeshift businesses have grown in popularity to become an integral part of how Angelenos eat and drink today. This is a periodic compilation of notable one-off and ongoing pop-ups.

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September 29, 2022

Upcoming events

La Novia at Garcons des Cafe — This contemporary Mexican pop-up from Jonathan Garcia and Diana Guerrero will be at the tucked-away Downtown LA wine bar this Friday and Saturday night, serving elegant dishes like sope de quelitas (greens) and a tamal de chocolate. The menu is a la carte, and will be available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 541 S. Spring Street, Unit 114, Los Angeles.

LoveCats and Lucky Nick’s Pizza at Melody — On Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., LoveCats will be bringing barbecue dishes like plum-balsamic glazed pork skewers and charred maitake and oyster mushrooms to the popular Virgil Village wine bar. This Saturday and Sunday evening, meanwhile, expect blistered, wood-fired, sourdough “nice little pizzas” from Lucky Nick’s. 751 N. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles.

Button Mash — As it prepares for a new chef, Echo Park’s Button Mash is playing host to a number of pop-ups through the end of October, including Hamburgers Nice, the Bad Jew, Zef BBQ, Comfy Pup, Birria Pa La Cruda, and more. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s Instagram page for more details. 1391 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Jackrabbit’s Lair — This Eagle Rock space founded by chef Jack Hotchkin is pop-up supper club with a 10-seat chef’s counter and a focus on live-fire cooking. Starting this Monday and through the month of October, the space will be hosting a Melody Monday Night Fire Series featuring six-course menus from various pop-ups, starting with Tiger & the Horse (October 3; tickets here), followed by Malli (October 10; tickets here), De La Nonna (October 17), and Kinkan (October 23). Melody’s Eric Tucker will pour wine at the events, which each have two seatings (5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.).

Ongoing events

Mil Bakery at Hanchic — While awaiting its brand new brick-and-mortar storefront, fans of Mil can get their hands on cream buns, marble pound cakes, and black sesame cookies on Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays at Hanchic. Walk-ups are welcome, but advance ordering through Tock is encouraged. 2500 West 8th Street, #103, Los Angeles.

Domenica Dinette at Melody Wine Bar Sera Domenica cooks up a Greek-Italian menu on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Melody Wine Bar. Consider a kanpachi crudo with salsa verde or the chicken souvlaki with stone-fruit chutney. 751 North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles.

Nawal at Chinatown residence — This hush-hush backyard bonanza operates from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and specializes in Syrian street foods. On the menu are Turkish flatbreads topped with soujouk, ful medames, and so much more. 838 Solano Avenue, Los Angeles.

September 22, 2022

Upcoming events

Vegan Banh Mi Thao at Vine — Tiff Pain is serving vegan banh mi and bowls in Long Beach from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Meatless protein options include soy ham, xa xiu mushrooms, jackfruit “chicken,” and a hoisin “beanball.” 2142 E 4th Street, Long Beach.

One Hot Minute at Frogtown Artwalk — Get a taste of One Hot Minute, a plant-based Peruvian-Chinese fusion concept, on Saturday, September 24 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Frogtown. The specialty is a Peruvian-style sandwich made with a tacu tacu-inspired patty and dunked in a Sichuan peppercorn sauce.

Azizam at Brain Dead Studios — Settle in for a home-style Persian feast from noon to 4 p.m. on September 25. Look for beef kebabs with roasted tomatoes, an eggplant and spit pea stew, and creative dips served with barbari bread on the menu. 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.

La Morra Pizzeria at Voodoo Vin Owners Zach Swemle and Marlee Blodgett are slinging their beloved blistered, wood-fired pizzas on Sunday, September 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 713 North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles.

Malli at Jewel Elizabeth Heitner and Nestor Silva are bringing their Mexican-Jewish pop-up to Jewel in Virgil Village, serving a special vegetarian and vegan Rosh Hashanah dinner menu on September 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are available via Resy. 654 N. Hoover Street, Los Angeles.

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