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Pop Goes the Restaurant in New Orleans

Over the past year, pop up restaurants have exploded onto the New Orleans dining scene – get the low down with our new NOLA pop ups video.

Like flipping a page in a pop-up book, pop up restaurants set up and close up shop in just enough time to give you a taste of unique flavor that you can’t find anywhere else in regular New Orleans dining. Cooking up edgy varieties of dishes, these mini, sometimes mobile, restaurants will serve up anywhere they can borrow a kitchen to cook in.  And to keep up on where to get in on the great New Orleans food, you’ve got to KNOW… to know. Because of this, pop up restaurants are oh-so NOLA. They rely on word of mouth, and down here everybody’s got opinions on where to go and why, and, lord knows, we’re not shy about sharing. Ask anyone you meet here and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction, and tell you a little story about somethin,’ too. On top of asking around, you find out what’s hot with pop up feasting by following the in-crowd – on social media. If you’re planning a dinner out, you need current info and instant updates, and any good pop up restaurant’s allies are Facebook and Twitter, and we’ve got you hooked up with all the resources below. Also, be sure to keep up with Eater NOLA’s Pop Ups page for all the latest on pop up appearances. Check out our video on pop ups in New Orleans, and make an adventure out of your next New Orleans dining experience.

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Eat Mah Taco – Tacos with a twist, Tuesdays 5 – 10 p.m. at Pal’s Lounge. Follow them on Facebook to get in the know about their newest tacos

The Fat Falafel – Falafel sandwiches, platters, and fries, popping up around town every week. Check The Fat Falafel’s website for their weekly schedule, and catch up with them on Facebook and Twitter, as well

Dim Sum and Then Some – Asian bar food, monthly food event, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to get info on their menus and locations.

Milkfish – Filipino cuisine, currently serving up six days a week at Who Dat Café. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 3 – 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. – midnight, and of course, they’re on Twitter and Facebook.

Roosterfish – Gourmet seafood-based small plates, open Tuesdays from 6 – 10:30 p.m. at Tartine. Get updates on the exquisite menus through Twitter.

We’ve Got Soul – Soul food, Friday nights from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Marie’s Bar. Find We’ve Got Soul on Facebook and We’ve Got Soul on Twitter.

Borracho – Bar food from this scratch sausage kitchen and Southern charcuterie, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Kajun’s Pub. Find Borracho on Facebook.

NOLA Seoul – Authentic Korean, no set schedule, but keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter for their latest location.

Purloo – Gourmet themed dinners, sometimes brunch. Wednesdays from 6:30 -10 p.m. at Creole Gardens Bed & Breakfast. Find Purloo on Facebook.

The Wandering Buddha – Korean vegan cuisine, before getting their own restaurant space up and running in the near future, they are popping up around town. Check in with them on Facebook to track ‘em down.

Cristiano Ristorante – Northern Italian food, in Martinique Bistro Monday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. Find Cristiano on Facebook and Cristiano on Twitter.

Dinner Lab – Guest chefs and diverse menus, out of the box and ever-changing locations, follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest lab info, or request an invite for a membership.

NOLA Smokehouse – Mouth-watering BBQ, on the hunt for their next venue, check in with Chef Rob on Twitter for updates.

Upper 9 Doughnut Company — Gourmet doughnuts like Creme Brulee, Bananas Foster and Bacon Praline make up the menu, served at Tracey’s Bar every Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. until the delicious pastries sell out. Follow Upper 9 Doughnut Company on Facebook for updates.

Stack-A-Mac — Another pop-up venture from Chef Robert Bechtold, the mastermind behind NOLA Smokehouse, this ingenious build your own mac and cheese kitchen has a menu of a dozen “stackers” to add to your base mac. Follow Stack-A-Mac on Twitter for updates and locations.

Video Transcript:

Amie Marvel: It’s just such a different vibe at a pop-up. Like people are
coming and they’re excited to be there and they’re curious. It’s just
really, really different than what regular service is like at a restaurant.

Theresa Galli: There’s definitely a new movement of people that want to
make food.

Niki Mouton: It’s great, because you get to try so many different things,
and such unique food. A pop-up restaurant is basically a restaurant that
operates inside of another business.

Theresa: It could be anywhere, in any building, in any public space.

Gavin Cady: You know, hopefully it’s going to bring you to a new part of
town or a new setting.

Amie: One of our favorite elements about doing this is the customer base.
It’s such a word of mouth kind of phenomenon.

Niki: Social media’s really important in the pop-up business.

Amie: There’s the Eater Nola site that keeps a lot of people informed. Most
of the pop-ups that are happening around New Orleans have Facebook pages
and Twitter feeds, and it becomes a really small sort of little community,
once you start kind of paying attention to it.

Gavin: That’s what New Orleans is about. It’s about the food, hanging out
and having fun.

Amie: You get to be more adventurous. I just think that’s wonderful.