Sunday, May 27, 2012

Revisiting Pop-Ups... What are they up to now?

A couple of beloved pop-ups have changed their strategies up, as of late. Let's check in, shall we?

McClure's BBQ:
Neil McClure finished his daily lunch/Tuesday dinner lunch stint at Dante's back at the start of May and has been popping up somewhat steadily in the courtyard of the Rusty Nail on Friday nights (though not every week.) Neil told me that he is trying to devote as much time as possible to finding a permanent space, and the reduced service is to help with that process. Finding a home for his BBQ is priority #1, and he is hoping it happens as soon as possible. He does do catering, though. Follow him on Twitter (@McClureBarbecue) to keep up when he surfaces to feed us ribs and all the other awesome food he provides.

TSAI has always been exploring how to best provide their food and food philosophy to New Orleans and have been doing so in a variety of ways. It looks like they still do house parties every once in a while, but they've also become a fixture at the monthly OCH Market at Zeitgeist, 1618 Oretha C Haley Blvd. Here are some other of their upcoming events:

Monday, 5/28: Tomorrow morning, TSAI will be on WGNO's Good Morning New Orleans (6-7 a.m.). We should be live at around 6:15 to help promote the Eat Local Challenge and to talk a little about TSAI. With the hosts, we'll be whipping up a courgette, peach, and tomato salad with toasted wheat berries, braised eggplant and corn over Cajun rice, and seared okra and mushrooms with herbed lemon yogurt. We'll have a few other dishes with us as well, including our stuffed baby squash,a blueberry tart, and fresh bread. 
Next Saturday, 6/2: We're teaming up with Groundwork NOLA to serve food and drinks at their Earthlab Rain Garden at the corner of St. Claude and Spain. All proceeds from drinks will go to Groundwork. Email us to let us know you're coming or RSVP here
Saturday, 6/9: We'll be at the OCH Art Market serving up a full complement of locally sourced dishes.  
If you email them at you can get on their mailing list and get the news directly.

NOLA Smokehouse:
Rob and Emily have added another day to their Avenue Pub residency- now, in addition to Sunday afternoon from 11am-5pm, you can also catch them on Tuesday afternoons at the same time (11-5). They're working hard to switch up the menu so there's always something new and delicious to try.

Like, say, pulled pork tacos?

...or sweet corn pudding/spoonbread?

Of course the standbys- Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and sausage - are pretty much always available. Some of his sides are insanely delicious- today we had his corn pudding, which was just delicious, and a couple weeks ago, we fell in love with his pork & greens gumbo. More than just smoked meat to this guy! You can follow NOLA Smokehouse on Twitter (@NolaSmokehouse) and can see the weekly menus for the Avenue here.

J'Anita's/Craig and Kim Giesecke
Not technically a pop-up, I guess, but the Gieseckes, after ending their well reviewed but ultimately unprofitable partnership with the Rendon Inn in Broadmoor, have landed back on St. Charles Avenue at The Blind Pelican, serving all the food we love so much like the Best Fish Sammich, the St. Chuck Duck, Kimmie's Guacamole, Lamb & Cheese Grits, and many more.  Though, sadly, the chicken fried steak seems to be on hold during the warm weather.  But... Kimmie's chicken salad and Creole Caprese salad are on the summer menu, so hooray!

Aforementioned chicken salad sandwich and Creole caprese salad.

Other News:

  • The Offshore, the Tiki popup in The Company Burger that had a wildly popular debut a couple of months ago, FINALLY announced their second date for service: June 26. Hooray! (@OffshoreNOLA)
  • Streats McGee has changed his name to Streats Kukhnya and is now the regular food provider at the Bywater club, Siberia NOLA. Menu looks amazing, and I have GOT to get out there.
  • Pete Vasquez's Hush Supper Club has changed the way it handles ordering- now the menu is available by pre-order ONLY, and all food is packed up cold for reheating at home.
  • PPX Dinner Club just popped up at PJ's Coffee on Magazine Street, don't know if that will be a regular thing.
  • Dim Sum and Then Some has been popping up at The Joint in the Bywater on the occasional Sunday night. 
  • Brigade Coffee is serving high quality coffee, iced coffee, and coffee drinks in the parking lot of Company Burger. (@BrigadeCoffee)
And Last But Definitely Not Least:
Pizza Delicious has reached its Kickstarter Goal (quite early and the total was well over their initial target) and has been working hard on opening their new space! I think they're hoping for September 2012. Still selling pizzas on Thursday and Sunday nights at the temporary/old spot, though. Thank goodness! You can stay up to date on their website here.

Wow, lots of stuff going on! I didn't even think about half of these pop-ups until I started writing...

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