From first-timers filling in at their neighborhood bar to line cooks hosting events on their nights off and established chefs jumping into the game with passion projects of their own — the pop-up scene in New Orleans is constantly developing. Attempting to categorize and list every one is not only nearly impossible but also would seek to tame a beast that by its nature is a fluid, incongruous and always evolving animal. The following is a list of some of the players, new and old, on the expanding scene and where to find them. Happy hunting.
Find them: Milkfish, Cafe Istanbul, various festivals
Eat: Braised oxtail with three-cheese macaroni, jerk chicken with coconut and rosemary-infused jasmine rice.
Find them: Monthly at the Tigermen Den; events at Solo Espresso
Eat: Cuban sandwich, guava and cheese empanadas, fried Brussels sprouts with bacalao dressing
Find them: Second Sunday of every month at Bao & Noodle
Eat: Homemade pastas and regional Italian cuisine
The Old Portage
Food & Drink
Find them: Tuesdays at NOLA Brewing Tap Room, every other Saturday at Black Penny, special events at Kin
Eat: Upper Quarter burger, preservation plate, rabbit lasagna
Find them: select nights at Aline Street Beer Garden
Eat: Skewered, grilled meats and raw oysters
Stationary (sort of):
Find them: Wed.-Mon. at Erin Rose Bar and 219 Dauphine St.
Eat: Seared Gulf shrimp po-boy, rum-glazed pork belly po-boy
Find them: Wed.-Sat. at Barrel Proof
Eat: Fried chicken sandwich, country ham, charred broccoli
Find them: Tue. at Dante's Kitchen
Eat: Octopus carpaccio, soft pretzel plate with curry mustard, fried pickles with dill aioli
Find them: Tue.-Sat. at Treo
Eat: Corn flour garganelli with charred octopus, grilled Gulf fish with roasted cauliflower and harissa