We’ve reached that endless part of January where it should be mid-March, but somehow is only halfway to February. Time to fill the void with something fun. This week there are an array of exciting restaurant collaborations, a queer picnic, and the return of one of our favorite pandemic-born pop-ups.
In what’s easily the most exciting restaurant collaboration of the year so far, Bridgetown Roti and Ronan are teaming up for a one-night-only menu on Wednesday, January 19th. Special dishes will include jerk pork belly pineapple pizza, brown stew turkey legs, and coconut coquito ice cream, plus tiki-inspired rum cocktails. Reservations can be made here, or everything is available to-go as well.
One of our favorite pandemic-born pop-ups is back this week at Melody in Virgil Village. The Bangkok-style street food dinner series is from the same team that does Holy Basil in Downtown, and while menu details are scarce, expect dishes like fermented pork sausage, shrimp in chili jam and tamarind sauce, and whole fried grilled branzino. The pop-up runs from Tuesday, January 18th through Wednesday, the 19th.
This Saturday, January 23rd, Cuties LA will host an inaugural Queer Family Picnic at Ladera Park from 1-4pm. This is a kid and pet-friendly event, but even if you have neither, you’re still welcome. There will not be any snacks or food vendors, but grills will be available if you want to bring your own stuff to cook there. The event is free and look for the rainbow flag near the playground when you arrive.
The popular Eastside brewery is throwing a big pop-up extravaganza this Saturday, January 23rd featuring a collaboration with Midwest comfort food spot ComfyPup and Quarantine Pizza. The special menu items will include Chicago-style hot dog pizza, Italian beef pizza, cookie sandwiches, and Faygo ice cream floats. The event runs from 2-7pm and walk-ups are welcome.