We’re about to achieve lift-off in New Orleans on our pop up restaurant series that gained serious traction in Austin, Texas beginning two years ago.
All those connections are 500+ miles away, so we’re playing the role of crusty old prospector currently and attempting to find a happy home for our traveling restaurant. Please comment below if you know of a good spot where we can land to throw a multi-course food party fueled with an ice cold keg of St Arnold craft beer.
Here are some places in New Orleans that are amenable to pop ups.
Tigermen Den 3113 Royal Street. This is right down the street from our house and looks to be a beautiful venue but unfortunately they command a $500 rental fee therefore are way out of our league.
Carver Theater 2101 Orleans Avenue. No kitchen and a $300 room fee (for the small, upstairs room, $1000 for the grand room) disqualifies this venue as we need a place to cook onsite.
Jims 3000 Royal Street. Chef Tre Barnard is using this sandwich shop in the Bywater for his We’ve Got Soul pop up restaurant. Unfortunately we missed his debut as we were knee walking drunk during his opening salvo.
Splendid Pig is the hardest working pop up restaurant outfit in New Orleans. Here are some venues that they broadcast via Twitter:
Coulis 3625 Prytania St
Carrollton Station 8140 Willow
Lucky’s Bar Grill And Laundromat 1625 St Charles
Pal’s Lounge 949 N. Rendon Street
Hi Ho Lounge 2239 St Claude Avenue
The New Orleans Cooking Experience 1519 Carondelet
Milkfish 125 N. Carrollton Avenue
Casa Borrega 1719 OC Haley Blvd
Aline Street Beer Garden 1517 Aline Street has entered the pop up scene running strong with a dedicated pop up counter inside the bar. We’re intrigued as they’ve barely gotten open and have already hosted numerous pop up kitchens in their venue. Herr Schnurrbarten was there last week cooking apfelschwein for instance.
That’s a dozen potential pop up venues in all. Please respond in comments below if you know of any more. We’re mapping out our 16th pop up currently and the theme will be Barbacoa. We’ve wanted to do Mexican barbecue for a long time so we’re really looking forward to feeding New Orleans some authentic San Antonio style Tex Mex cuisine.