Pop-ups, ghost-kitchens, whatever you like to call them; the rise of the home-chef and culinary artist daring to dream has been one of the best outcomes of the pandemic. As a result, we have some pretty awesome and trendy food pop-ups in Los Angeles right now. And not having a brick-and-mortar restaurant is actually part of the appeal.
Until n/soto opens its official brick and mortar sometime this fall, you can enjoy a 9-course tasting menu during their temporary pop-up at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC). The restaurant concept is owned by Chefs Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama and helmed by Chef Yoji Tajima. The 9-course menu is a preview of what you can expect at n/soto, however, it will be offered in courses versus izakaya. The price is $125 per person before tax, gratuity, and alcohol, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the JACCC.
Order Info: Reservations open up every Sunday at noon and can be booked 21 days in advance and can be made via Tock for either the 5:30 or 8:30 seating. Diners must be vaccinated.
Bungkus Bagus (Glendale)
Do you have a sudden craving for Balinese food? Well, sisters Tara and Celene are about to make you have them on the regular! Bungkus means package in Indonesia and here it is a portable meal wrapped in a banana leaf, with coconut curry chicken, steamed rice, mother-in-law egg, and those delectable spice combinations ($23).
Calabama (East Hollywood)
Your breakfast in a bucket? Well, I'm not talking KFC. During the pandemic, Cara Haltiwanger switched from selling her Southern-style egg and avocado breakfast sandwiches at coffee shops to directly out her window in Hollywood. The response has been as hot as the sauce.
Brique French Toastery (West L.A.)
Known for their "rock toast", Brique French Toastery serves up massive slices of hand-braided Brioche, lightly dipped in a custard coating, and topped with vanilla bean whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes, and peanut-butter coconut syrup. Try not to lick the phone with this one.
Order Info: Head to the website for details on your time slot and pick-up location. Slots open up for ordering at 9 p.m. every Sunday and you have to act fast with this one, or you're toast :)
Quarter Sheets Pizza Club (Glendale)
This "least authentic" Detroit-style pizza pop-up has amassed such a following that they've expanded from DM's on Instagram to Tock orders. While Chef Aaron Lindell's home base is in Glendale, the pizza club has also done some moonlighting at the bespoke RowDTLA for pie pick-up. The menu features a classic Red Top pizza ($25) as well as a rotating specialty pie like the Jewel City with ricotta, mozzarella, basil, Bill's Bees Honey, and Sambal Goreng from Bungkus Bagus (another pop-up $38). Don't skip on dessert here either, the Dark Chocolate Cream Pie ($10) and Quarter Sheet Cake ($12) regularly sell out on the baker's own website (Hannah Ziskin).
Order Info: Now that they're on Tock, the ordering has become attainable, but you'll still want to act immediately on Wednesday when slots open up. They're currently taking a summer break
Smokey Jones BBQ (Culver City)
If you're into great BBQ in your own home without all the work, then Smokey Jones BBQ is for you. This husband and wife team specializes in Heat and Serve BBQ boxes that are mess-free and a direct result of our pandemic lifestyle. The menu changes bi-weekly and currently features Santa Maria BBQ or Oak Smoked Meats. Each box also includes sides like Mackin' Cheese and Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Fave Cookie Company. Boxes feed 2-3 ($58) or 4-6 ($105).
You've never had banchan like this before. New York City chefs Ki Kim and Arnold Byun have taken Los Angeles by storm with their beautiful jewel boxes of Korean food that are almost too pretty to eat. Banchan means side dish, and while the menu rotates, you'll always get a few cold and hot dishes similar to American Wagyu japchae; Yellow Tail Hwe; and Acorn Jelly Salad.
Order Info: They are currently regrouping from their last pop-up collaboration with Hanchic L.A. but you can expect more from this chef duo soon. When they're ready you can order on Tock.
AGL's Craft Meats (Various)
Get your brisket on with this BBQ food pop-up in Los Angeles that's big on the brewery scene. Highlights include the Brisket ($15) and Ribs "like a pillow" ($25).
Nana's Meatballs L.A. (Glendale)
Have you always wanted to have that meet in the middle moment with a plate of pasta a la Lady and the Tramp? Well Nana's Meatballs's L.A. has got the bowl of your dreams. This pop-up from New Jersey does two things expertly well: homemade pasta and meatballs just like grandma used to make.
Order Info: Place an order on their Insta Monday to Wednesday to have them by the weekend. Pick-up is in Glendale, and the cost is by donation (suggested $17 a plate).
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