Wise Sons Delicatessen, Rich Table, and Radio Africa Kitchen are just a few San Francisco restaurants that started out as pop-ups. For the uninitiated: a pop-up occurs when a homeless chef or restaurant concept takes over another kitchen, bar or similar venue for a limited time to show off their talent, sell their food, and start building steam as a brand. The tough thing about pop-ups? They can be hard to track down. Here now, five of our favorites that have regular, dependable gigs and great food that’s worth seeking out.
Liholiho Yacht Club
The only pop-up that almost every food critic in the city has already been to, Liholiho Yacht Club is run by former Boulevard/Prospect chef Ravi Kapur, cooking Sundays out of the kitchen at State Bird Provisions. Kapur prepares elevated soulful family-style menus: twelve dishes, served in three rounds, for $50. Most of his food is inspired by various regions of Asia and (his native) Hawaii, so things like albacore tuna poke and pork ribs with pear, fish sauce and lime will shift on and off of the table. Due to popular demand, his crispy Korean-style fried quail and sweet, Hawain-style malasadas are always offered. Book through the State Bird Provisions website.
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