While many of Miami’s best chefs have been displaced, and special eateries unable to accomodate customers because of lack of outdoor space, we’ve entered a creative time for our food scene. In fact, the evolution has given rise to the most FOMO-inducing culinary experience of all: the pop-up. Kitchens around the city have opened their doors to temporary endeavors–from brand new collaborations to specialty menus–that’ll have your calendar filled with exciting meals.
The Persian sensation has temporarily given way to an epic takeover by Sakhone Sayareth and Chef Curtis Rhodes: Lil’ Laos. If you’ve never tried Laotian cuisine before, now’s your chance to savor these unique flavors in an already beloved kitchen.
Times: Tues – Sat, 12pm – 8pm
One of Miami’s most recognized names, Zak the Baker is also getting creative during the time of COVID. Recently, he and his team launched a weekly falafel pop-up with fresh-made pita, sandwiches, fries, and of course, falafel.
Times: Sun – Thurs, 5pm – 9pm
via Zak the Baker Instagram
We are lucky to have some of the world’s most talented cooks transplanted in our tropical home, including the award-winning British chef and author, Justin Brown. He’s set up shop in Balans Brickell with a traditional fish & chips outpost called The Chippy.
Times: Wed – Sun, 4pm – 10pm
via The Chippy Miami Instagram
While “red sauce” is usually a term for Americanized Italian eateries, it’s also the name of Mignonette‘s newest endeavor out of their Downtown restaurant. Red Sauce has been dishing out all of your favorite Italian dishes from eggplant parm to penne a la vodka, and more.
Times: Every day, 11:30am – 10pm
When Chefs Michael Beltran and Chef Justin Flit opened up Navé, fans of Beltran’s many beloved concepts rejoiced. The seafood and pasta concept has on-upped itself with a weekend Seafood Shack & Raw Bar pop-up shelling out classics like lobster rolls, fish dip, fried clams and more.
Times: Fri (5pm – 10pm), Sat & Sun (12pm – 10pm)
Everyone’s seen the epic Instagram-famous pizza by now, but the story behind its coming to life is special. Take Miami’s first naturally leavened pizza by Gregory Tetzner and Chef Brad Kilgore’s kitchen at Kaido, and you have the pop-up we all needed during these dark times.
Times: Check Instagram for ordering.
We’ve loved the charm of Overtown’s Copper Door B&B since it opened a few years back. In March, they opened their kitchen to a badass all day breakfast and fried chicken pop-up: Rosie’s Cafe. If the pictures don’t do it for you, just know they sell out almost every day.
Times: Thurs – Mon, 9am – 3pm
Miami’s seeing an uptick in Vietnamese food options and we’re not complaining. Em Oi parked their food truck inside Midtown Garden Center in the heart of the pandemic and it hasn’t stopped them from dishing out some of the most flavorful eats in town. Banh Mi, anyone?
Times: Daily, 11am – 8pm
Via Em Oi Instagram
When Jaguar Sun moved from their Downtown hideaway, there was little time to mourn as they were reborn into a weekly pop-up in Little River’s Lot 6 spot. The creative Italian concept is serving everything from tacos to punches, plus collaborations with favorite Miami eateries like Itamae and Hometown BBQ.
Times: Click here for reservations.
Is there anything more representative of a Miami summer than mango? Well, you can now taste it in a multitude of refreshing ways thanks to Mango Mambo popping up in Wynwood. The organic mango and fruit kiosk shells out smoothies, bowls, ice cream, and aguas frescas.
Times: Fri & Sat, 9am – 7pm
via Mango Mambo Instagram
Cover photo courtesy of Em Oi.