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The LA Pop-Up Calendar, September 2021

A master list of all the pop-ups in LA.

Pop-ups are tricky. Between the shifting locations, sporadic scheduling, and of course, ephemeral nature of a pop-up, planning your next meal can feel like a master class in time management. We’ve often joked that you need a calendar to keep track of all of LA’s pop-ups… then we thought “Wait, why don’t we just make one?” Virgo season.

So, it is our extreme honor to bring to you: The Official LA Pop-Up Calendar. This running guide is organized by week and pop-up date (with some identifying details for the uninitiated) and we’ll continue to add to it as the month progresses.

Did we miss your favorite pop-up? Shoot us a line at losangeles@theinfatuation.com.


September 1st - 7th

When: 9/1, 9/4, 9/5

One of our favorite pop-ups from 2020, Metztli Taqueria blurs the line between fine dining experimentation and street cart tacos. You can find them throughout the month, this week at Employees Only on Wednesday, Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District on Saturday, and Long Beach’s Rose Park Roasters on Sunday.


Burgers By Standings

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When: 9/2

Standing Butchery’s roaming burger pop-up, Burgers By Standings, will be at Tabula Rasa in Thai Town on Thursday, September 2nd (5pm-9pm).


When: 9/2, 9/3, 9/4

The South African pop-up, run by LA native Guy Cohen, will be at Melody Wine Bar Thursday through Saturday. Expect barbecued and grilled meats slathered in a signature peri peri sauce - tangy, spice-laden, and made with bird’s eye chilis. Maybe one day he’ll sell it by the bottle?


Los Dorados LA

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When: 9/2, 9/3, 9/4, 9/5

The expert flautas specialists just dropped their September schedule - you’ll find their deep-fried rolled tacos in the Arts District, East LA, and at Smorgasburg over the long weekend. Check out their Instagram for the latest details.


When: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26

Calabama was one of LA's biggest quarantine success stories - thanks to an incredible breakfast sandwich and a red bucket drop that captured the imagination of pretty much everyone on the planet. This month, the pop-up is back with a Yeastie Boys bucket drop collab on the 12th, plus events at The Friend and Glendale Tap.


When: 9/3

Catch Cazo N Lena’s lethal combination of wood-fired carnitas and shrimp cocktails at Sara’s Market in East LA on Friday, September 3rd.


Quarantine Pizza Co.

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When: 9/3

You’ll find the sourdough pop-up on Friday, September 3rd, from 4pm-9pm at Eagle Rock Brewery.


When: 9/3, 9/4

Operating out of a commercial kitchen in the Arts District, Bridgetown Roti specializes in Caribbean street food with Bajan influences. You’ll find oxtail patties, roti wraps, and curried yams every Friday and Saturday this month.


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Baker’s Bench

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When: 9/3, 9/4

Located in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, Baker’s Bench is baked goods pop-up serving cookies, croissants, and house-made tofu. Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm.


When: 9/3, 9/4, 9/5

A Southern-style BBQ truck serving pit-smoked perfection (think hot links, pulled pork, and rib tips), Ribtown BBQ has opened their Labor Day pre-orders. Brisket will only be available for walk-ups, and walk-ups are only available from 11:30am until they’re sold out.


When: 9/3, 9/4, 9/5

The ice cream and gelato pop-up (with an incredible typeface, by the way) will be travelling around LA over the Labor Day weekend. Catch them at Thunderbolt on Friday, Sara’s Market on Saturday, and The Hawk Bar on Sunday.


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Hamburgers Nice

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When: 9/4

Serving self-described “burgers from the internet,” Hamburgers Nice will be popping up at Sara’s Market in East LA on Saturday, September 4th.


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Bungkus Bangus

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When: 9/4

The Balinese pop-up, run by sisters Tara and Celene, is holding their next pick-up date on Saturday, September 4th in Glendale. The exact address will be shared in the confirmation email.


When: 9/4, 9/5

Named after the legendary Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda (R.I.P.), this tiny pop-up cranks out tremendous wood-fired pizzas. Find them every Saturday and Sunday at “The Shop” in Silver Lake from 12pm-9pm.


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Golden Rice Co.

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When: 9/5

Specializing in perfectly crisp, Saffron-studded tahchin, or Iranian rice cakes, is Golden Rice Co. The Persian pop-up just dropped their next pick-up date, Sunday, September 5th, click here to place an order.


When: 9/5

Find this excellent Chicano BBQ pop-up on Sunday, September 5th at Smorgasburg in the Arts District.


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AGL Craft Meats

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When: 9/5

The craft meat specialists (think pork sticks, turkey breast, and mole verde-slathered pull pork) are doing a summer tour, starting with a pop-up at Trademark Brewing in Long Beach on Sunday, September 5th.


When: 9/5, 9/6

Budonoki, a West Coast izakaya pop-up, will be at Melody Wine Bar on Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th from 5pm-10pm.



September 8th - 14th

When: 9/8, 9/10, 9/11, 9/14

One of our favorite pop-ups from 2020, Metztli Taqueria blurs the line between fine dining experimentation and street cart tacos. You can find them throughout the month, this week at Employees Only on Wednesday, Glendale Tap on Friday, Ambitious Ales on Saturday, and Employees Only again on the 14th.


Baker’s Bench

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When: 9/10, 9/11

Located in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, Baker’s Bench is a baked goods pop-up serving cookies, croissants, and house-made tofu. Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm.


When: 9/10, 9/11

Operating out of a commercial kitchen in the Arts District, Bridgetown Roti specializes in Caribbean street food with Bajan influences. You’ll find oxtail patties, roti wraps, and curried yams every Friday and Saturday this month.


When: 9/11

Find this excellent Chicano BBQ pop-up on Saturday, September 11th in East LA - check their Instagram for all the latest details.


When: 9/11, 9/12

Run by Guyanese chef Yonette Alleyne, this twice-a-week pop-up serves dishes like oxtail stews, jerk chicken, and heavenly mac and cheese. Catch them at Crenshaw Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays.


When: 9/11, 9/12

Named after the legendary Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda (R.I.P.), this tiny pop-up cranks out tremendous wood-fired pizzas. Find them every Saturday and Sunday at “The Shop” in Silver Lake from 12pm-9pm.


AGL Craft Meats

$$$$

When: 9/12

The craft meat specialists (think pork sticks, turkey breast, and mole verde-slathered pull pork) are doing a summer tour. This week, find them at Monkish Brewing in Torrance on Sunday, September 12th.



September 15th - 21st

When: 9/15, 9/19

One of our favorite pop-ups from 2020, Metztli Taqueria blurs the line between fine dining experimentation and neighborhood tacos. You can find them throughout the month, this week at Employees Only on Wednesday and Boomtown Brewery on Sunday.


Baker’s Bench

$$$$

When: 9/17, 9/18

Located in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, Baker’s Bench is a bakery pop-up serving cookies, croissants, and house-made tofu. Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm.


When: 9/17, 9/18

Operating out of a commercial kitchen in the Arts District, Bridgetown Roti specializes in Caribbean street food with Bajan influences. You’ll find oxtail patties, roti wraps, and curried yams every Friday and Saturday this month.


When: 9/18, 9/19

Run by Guyanese chef Yonette Alleyne, this twice-a-week pop-up serves dishes like oxtail stews, jerk chicken, and heavenly mac and cheese. Catch them at Crenshaw Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays.


When: 9/18, 9/19

Named after the legendary Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda (R.I.P.), this tiny pop-up cranks out tremendous wood-fired pizzas. Find them every Saturday and Sunday at “The Shop” in Silver Lake from 12pm-9pm.


AGL Craft Meats

$$$$

When: 9/18, 9/19

The craft meat specialists (think pork sticks, turkey breast, and mole verde-slathered pull pork) are doing a summer tour. This week, find them at Glendale Tap on Saturday and Mad Lab Coffee on Sunday.



September 22nd - 30th

When: 9/22, 9/24, 9/28, 9/29

One of our favorite pop-ups from 2020, Metztli Taqueria blurs the line between fine dining experimentation and neighborhood tacos. You can find them throughout the month, this week at Employees Only on Wednesday, Glendale Tap on Friday, and Employees Only again on the 28th and 29th.


Backdoor Dumplings

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When: 9/23, 9/24, 9/25

Find the Eastern European dumpling pop-up this week at Sara’s Market in East LA (Thursday, 12pm-7pm), White Label Creamery on Fairfax Ave. (Friday, 12pm-7pm), and Ignite Smoke Shop in Hollywood (Saturday, 5pm-10pm).


Baker’s Bench

$$$$

When: 9/24, 9/25

Located in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, Baker’s Bench is a bakery pop-up serving cookies, croissants, and house-made tofu. Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm.


When: 9/24, 9/25

Operating out of a commercial kitchen in the Arts District, Bridgetown Roti specializes in Caribbean street food with Bajan influences. You’ll find oxtail patties, roti wraps, and curried yams every Friday and Saturday this month.


When: 9/25, 9/26

Run by Guyanese chef Yonette Alleyne, this twice-a-week pop-up serves dishes like oxtail stews, jerk chicken, and heavenly mac and cheese. Catch them at Crenshaw Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays.


When: 9/25, 9/26

Named after the legendary Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda (R.I.P.), this tiny pop-up cranks out tremendous wood-fired pizzas. Find them every Saturday and Sunday at “The Shop” in Silver Lake from 12pm-9pm.


AGL Craft Meats

$$$$

When: 9/25, 9/26

The craft meat specialists (think pork sticks, turkey breast, and mole verde-slathered pull pork) are doing a summer tour. This week, find them at Ambitious Ales on Saturday and Los Angeles Ale Works on Sunday.


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