Pop-ups — culty nomadic restaurants that invade eateries during their off-hours or set up temporary kitchens al fresco — can usually only be found via Twitter and foodie blogs. Or just follow this guide to the best in town.
Using organic, locally-sourced ingredients, Hapa Ramen takes the Japanese noodle dish far beyond the cellophane-wrapped bird nests you scarfed down in college. Usually appearing just once a week, this noodle joint makes a special second appearance tonight at Off The Grid.
Thu 10a-6p at the Ferry Market. Twitter feed here.
The brainchild of Absinthe’s new bar manager, Pickled serves up a changing list of cocktails during its monthly appearance in the brasserie’s private dining room. While the kitchen is technically closed, Pickled offers snacks while you sip.
Last Monday of every month. Absinthe, 398 Hayes St. (415-551-1590)
Pop-Up General Store
Chez Panisse alums converge to sling boudin blanc sausages and fleur de sel caramels. Just as amazing is the pop-up’s blog, which offers tips for preparing the provisions you’ve gone home with.
Monthly in Oakland. See Twitter or Facebook for dates and locations.
Street Fixe is like Off the Grid on a plate, offering a prix fixe tasting menu prepared by the city’s best mobile eateries. Be sure to follow this reservations-only pop-up on Facebook or Twitter to ensure that you get a seat.
Monthly at Stable Café, 2128 Folsom St. (415-552-1199)