Pop-up restaurants are the perfect way to explore New Orleans’ unique neighborhoods, and try new and under-the-radar eats. Housed at local bars and breweries, markets, and festivals around the Crescent City, these non-traditional eateries offer a wide range of bites that you can’t get elsewhere. Next time you’re in town looking for something different and one-of-a-kind, check out a few of these pop-up restaurants below.
Their location might change, but one thing always remains the same - the use of the coveted green hatch chile. Found in just about every dish they serve, Hatch + Harvest is covering New Orleans in green one pop-up at a time. Some of their popular menu items include the Chickpea Bowl, Chicken, Chile & Cheese Eggrolls, and Ancho Chile Chicken Nachos. Catch them on Tuesdays at Urban South Brewery, Wednesdays at Miel Brewery + Taproom, and wherever else the wind blows them throughout the week.
La Monita is serving Colombian-inspired goodness throughout the Crescent City. Their mouth-watering menu items are ever-changing but always feature something delicious and unique. Past favorites have included Chipotle Chicken Arepas with Maduros, Cheese-Stuffed Yucca Fritters and Garlic Yucca Fries, Caribbean Nachos, tropical fruit juices and much more. La Monita frequents the Courtyard Brewery and Second Line Brewing, but stay up to date on its next pop-up by following the La Monita FB page.
A sassy chef with an expansive palette. From tacos to Thai and Caribbean to Cajun, the Sassy Chef has you covered. This pop-up eatery prides itself on incorporating a melting pot of cuisines and cultures in its menu shared throughout the city. Between their signature Taco Tuesdays at the 504 Craft Beer Reserve and surprises menus at Wrong Iron, and the plethora of other places and projects they take on, the Sassy Chef is busy introducing new flavors throughout New Orleans. Check out their FB event page to stay up to date on the next move.
If you’ve ever been to Pal’s Lounge on a Monday night, then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Gattone Grasso. The Italian pop-up, which translates to “Fat Cat,” makes their own bread, pasta, cheese and sauce. Ravioli, carbonara and stromboli are among their most popular dishes. Catch them during Mardi Gras season and grab one of their handmade slices of King Cake. You can typically catch them at Pal’s, but for updates on the menu and location visit their Facebook.
The name says it all. Asian Fusion offers a variety of cuisines inspired by the flavors of various Asian countries, including Thailand, Japan, India and Malaysia. Delicious dumplings, freshly prepared pad thai, and their kickin’ coconut chicken soup and curries are just a few of their internationally inspired eats. Asian Fusion has made appearances at the Rusty Nail and Mermaid Lounge - check their latest locations here.
In a city filled with Spanish influence, fresh seafood, and meals that are meant to bring people together, paella makes perfect sense. This traditional Spanish rice dish is best enjoyed with good company. Grab some of your closest friends, check out Paella NOLA’s FB event page, and make your way to their next paella pop-up! They can be found at breweries, parks and markets across the city.
A well-known vendor at a handful of local festivals, Gonzo’s is serious about barbeque! They can bring their electric smoker just about anywhere, and are sure to draw a crowd for their extensive selection of BBQ smoked meats and sides. Smoked brisket, ribs, pork mac & cheese, Mexican corn, and an assortment of other goods are served by the pound at Gonzo’s. Parleaux Beer Lab, Abita Brewery and Wrong Iron are always hot spots to catch them smoking. Visit their events page for more pop-ups and festivals.
Nothing pairs quite like beers and bites. Check out more New Orleans-based breweries to see what’s cooking all over the city, and more inspiration on restaurant pop-ups.