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The Hottest Pop-Ups in Los Angeles Right Now

From piping hot bagels to Wu-Tang Clan-shaped musubi, there’s a pop-up for all

Vegan Banh Mi Thao’s plant-based sandwiches.
It’s hard to think of a time when pop-ups weren’t a part of Los Angeles’s dining fabric. Aside from offering some of the most creative meals in town, these ephemeral events can sometimes provide a preview of up-and-coming brick-and-mortar restaurants. Over the past decade, these makeshift businesses have grown in popularity to become an integral part of how Angelenos eat and drink today. This is a periodic compilation of notable one-off and ongoing pop-ups.

March 2, 2023

Bad Luck Bagels at Homage Brewing — On Sunday, March 5, Bad Luck Bagels will operate out of the Chinatown location of Homage Brewing. Starting at 9:30 a.m., Bad Luck staff will be doing the most by rolling, proofing, boiling, and wood-firing bagels on-site. Sandwiches are also available, so check the full menu below. 1219 North Main Street, Chinatown, CA, 90012

Vegan Banh Mi Thao and San & Wolves Filipino Bakeshop at Besties Vegan Paradise — This Friday, two plant-based pop-ups land at Bestie’s Vegan Paradise in East Hollywood. Vegan Banh Mi Thao’s menu includes grab-and-go banh mis and Vietnamese curry, while San & Wolves Filipino Bakeshop’s got vegan ube buns, pandan coconut chocolate cake, and a cassava cake with broiled coconut custard. If that’s not enough, Bestie’s will have a plant-based soft serve. They run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until sold out. 4882 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90029

A micheladas, tacos, and ice cream pop-up at Benny Boy Brewing — Benny Boy Brewing teamed up with local maker I Love Micheladas this Friday to kick off Women’s Month. Anytime between 7 p.m. and midnight, Quarantine Pizza Co. will crank out personal pies, with La Imperial Tortilleria on taco duty, and Latina-owned Sad Girl Creamery slinging ice cream while three DJs spin. Friday’s event is the official kick-off party for Regarding Her Food’s third annual festival which runs from March 3 to 12, designed to support and connect women-owned food and beverage businesses.

Ongoing events

East Los Musubi and Chispi Modernista Cocina at Hello Stranger — East Los Musubi — the Wu-Tang musubi-themed pop-up — returns again this weekend, this time at the Hello Stranger Foundation in Little Tokyo. There’s also Mexican food from Chispi Modernista Cocina, drinks from Aguas Locas, and the Hello Stranger crew will host a full bar. For sweets, Madams Shugah’s got gluten-free/vegan goods, and Maski Pops By Adri prepped Rice Krispy Treats with a Wu-Tang album cover printed right on top. Get there between noon and 6 p.m. 320 East Second Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Soseji Rice Dog at Mermaid — Chef Steve Cho’s Soseji Rice Dog continues its pop-up at the Mermaid Downtown. It runs from 6 p.m. until midnight from Tuesday through Saturday. Cho’s dishes range from arancini curry balls to bulgogi or gochujang birria tacos, and even a roasted kimchi and spam rice ball. Then there’s his signature soseji, a combination of Taiwanese rice sausage and Korean blood sausage. 428 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
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