Can you feel it? The weather’s getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom across the city, and we don’t know what it is exactly, but there’s something percolating in the air. In other words, you’re probably in the mood to leave your apartment and try something new. That’s why we’re highlighting a couple of particularly exciting pop-ups that, like the internet’s obsession with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and shrimp, will only be around for a limited time.
For more ongoing pop-ups around LA, check out our guide to the best ones in the city.
Chinatown’s Pearl River Deli has not one, but two pop-ups this weekend. The first will be at Thank You Coffee / Paper Please - a hybrid coffee and stationery shop that opened earlier this month - and will be serving limited amounts of special bánh ho mì sandwiches. It’s all going down this Saturday and Sunday, but preorders start Thursday, March 25th at 5pm on Tock.
The second PRD pop-up will feature chef Johnny Lee’s side project, Gatsu-Gatsu. The Japanese pop-up will be participating in the Far East Plaza’s outdoor dining series and selling yakitori bentos filled with chicken skewers, vegetables, and dry rice curry. Preorders can be placed through their Instagram, and pickups are available this Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm.
One of our favorite bucket-based pop-ups is heading to Culver City. On Saturday, March 27th, Chainsaw will be bringing a hearty selection of pies by the slice (like double-crust apple date strawberry, a passionfruit icebox we’ve dreamt of many times, ice creams, and summery cocktails) to The Platform as a part of their LA Pop-Up Renaissance Series. The event runs from 12-3pm.
Gary & Son's
Inspired by their trips to the islands, Gary & Sons is a family-run pop-up featuring Hawaiian food. That means you can order dishes like gravy-smothered loco mocos, crispy garlic shrimp, and furikake-encrusted spam musubi. Find them in front of Do It Best Hardware this Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2:30pm.