If you’re searching for an excuse to get out of your apartment this week, you don’t have to look too far. Temperatures are supposed to rise to 90 degrees, restaurants across the city continue to open and reopen, and there have never been more exciting things to eat and drink in Los Angeles. So take a break from The Queen’s Gambit (it’s been out for a few months now, you’re not going to miss anything), and check out these 6 new pop-ups, collaborations, and more.
One of our favorite Jewish delis just launched a new sandwich for the month of April. In partnership with King’s Hawaiian, it’s called the Aloha Reuben - a “Hawaiianized twist” of the iconic sandwich served on toasted King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. The sandwich also comes with a few pieces of caramelized pineapple (to contrast the corned beef’s saltiness), and will be available at both of Wexler’s Santa Monica and Downtown LA locations, as well as for national delivery via Goldbelly.
The Historic Filipinotown restaurant is back with another benefit pop-up. They’ve teamed up with various chefs, bartenders, and local vendors to create the To Our Families event, where they will be selling cookies, Vietnamese gỏi gà salads, cocktails made by Phil Ly of General Lee’s, floral bouquets, handmade ceramics, and more. All of the proceeds will go towards organizations supporting Asians and anti-Asian violence. The fundraiser will be held on April 13th, from 5-9pm, and click here to place a preorder now and find out more details.
Soft pretzel pop-up, Olly’s Pretzels, now has a more permanent weekends-only setup at the Culver City Platform. Born out of the pandemic, Olly’s began when a coworker began dropping off soft pretzels to her colleagues stuck at home (you’ve got some big shoes to fill, Brant), then shared her recipe so that they could start making it themselves. Now, you’ll be able to find their signature, all-natural pretzels (made with organic flour and no lye) brushed with butter and salt at their new brightly colored kiosk every Saturday and Sunday. They’re also looking for a “sexier name than ‘kiosk,’” if anyone has any suggestions. Preorders can be placed through their website.
Just in case you forgot, Easter Sunday is this weekend. That means in addition to colorful egg hunts, some of the most polarizing candies in existence, and a good ol’ dose of “I can’t believe it’s our second Easter in quarantine,” some of our favorite Los Angeles restaurants, like Pasjoli, are offering special brunch and dinner meals and takeout packages. Find our guide to all of it here.
In one of the greatest collaborations of the century, Little Fish has partnered up with Chainsaw and Happy Mediums for a special weekend pop-up at Melody. This Saturday and Sunday, April 3rd and 4th, the extremely popular fried fish pop-up will be serving an expanded menu including Hawaiian kanpachi crudo, radicchio and anchovy salad, grilled broccolini, and fried fish sandwiches, with fluffernutter ice cream sandwiches by Chainsaw and sourdough supplied by Happy Mediums. Walk-ins only.
Silver Lake pizza pop-up, La Sorted’s, is joining forces with Tiki Bombs to create a special menu of blistery, wood-fired pizzas and fresh tiki cocktails. It’s all going down this Saturday, April 3rd, at 2812 Rokeby St. They’ll have limited outdoor seating options available from 2-8pm.