New Orleans is known around the world for its great food. And we’re not just talking about the fancy stuff, as even our laid back, no dress code, neighborhood joints have some fantastic food. However, not all of New Orleans’ great food places have their own spot around town. In the past few years, New Orleans has been besieged by pop-up restaurants, and it has been wonderful. Here are five great pop ups to check out.
1. Cristiano: Popping up in the tasty Martinique Bistro on Mondays from 6-9 p.m., Cristiano will bring the Northern Italian food with a Louisiana flair it serves in its Houma restaurant to the Big Easy. For an idea of the upcoming menus, check out their Houma location’s menu.
2. NOLA Seoul: Like many pop ups, NOLA Seoul isn’t on a regular schedule yet, but it does provide one of your best bets for great Korean food in the city. Get details on upcoming locations and times on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Eat Mah Taco: Eat Mah Taco shows up Tuesdays from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Pal’s Lounge gives you the opportunity to taste a constantly changing menu of inventive tacos such as the favored Baja Ha, with fried cod, mango cilantro slaw and chipotle cream. Yum.
4. NOLA Smokehouse: Wednesdays at the Bricks, starting at 5 p.m., NOLA Smokehouse brings the BBQ! Menu regulars include the Texas Fire Po-boy (sliced brisket, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese and spicy BBQ sauce), a sample plate of the evenings offerings, and the ever popular burnt ends (which are exactly what they sound like, only more delicious).
5. Dinner Lab: Think supper club meets roving pop up and you’ll have a pretty good grasp of the idea behind Dinner Lab. A constantly changing New Orleans pop up restaurant with guest chefs in crazy places (most Dinner Lab locations aren’t open to the public). The food is so diverse, the cuisine can’t be characterized any more narrowly than global. To get in on this private dinner club that’s open to the public, check their website.
One great thing about pop ups is that they are off the beaten path and not in a single tour book, so it can’t get more local. Not only do they give you a front row seat to the restaurants of tomorrow, they’re a great way to step back from the crowds and craziness that are coming with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras. Interested in more pop ups? Check out this post for more!
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