In a city devoted to tracking the "next big thing" in the restaurant world, there still are a number of under-the-radar pop-ups bringing something completely new to the city. Here are three fresh spots (plus a bonus food truck) worth checking out:
1. Congresso Cubano: If there's any week that you should be celebrating Cuban food, this one is it. Popping up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at Hi-Ho Lounge, Congresso Cubano offers an ever-rotating, always impressive array of Cuban favorites, from salted cod salad to ropa veja and beyond.
2. Pizza Rustica: Martine's is a Metairie cocktail "lounge" is also home to some of Jefferson Parish's best pizzas, served up every Friday and Saturday night as a project called Pizza Rustica. The fresh dough is made in-house, and breakfast pizzas are available on any day the Saints have a noon game.
3. Lahpet: A Taste of Burma: This brand new pop-up might be the first step towards the introduction of Burmese food to the New Orleans landscape, with a menu featuring a pickled tea leaf salad, golden egg curry and Burmese milk tea. The inaugural lunchtime event took place at board game-hub Rook Cafe last week, with more meals in the works.
4. Saigon Slim's: Yes, there probably is a brand spanking new Vietnamese place near your house already, but seeking out new food truck Saigon Slim's will still be worth your time. Parked regularly outside of Ms. Mae's and 45 Tchoup, Slim's marries New Orleans flavors with Vietnamese sensibilities, creating dishes like bananas Foster spring rolls.