The 6 most interesting pop-ups in town right now

Have dinner at the butcher shop.

Have dinner at the butcher shop.

Dinner in a butcher shop, an Iron Chef-style battle, and a Filipino/Bowie mashup. Plus, three more great pop-ups you want to know about right now.

Pimento Posse Pop-Up Party

It’s rare to get a glimpse into a place before it opens. The second location of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen is almost set to open on Eat Street. Almost. You can get a sneak peek Saturday, February 20.

The restaurant will present a three-course meal with beer, wine and entertainment for $30. The menu includes Kington-style Jerk chicken, slow-roasted Jerk pork, curry veggies, coconut rice and beans, sweet fried plantains, and Island Slaw.

There are three seating times available. Purchase tickets here.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Get a sneak peek at Pimento this Saturday.

Get a sneak peek at Pimento this Saturday.

2454 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

Lowry Hill Meats Pop-Up

This butcher shop is already the coolest place in town to buy meats. Their calling card begins with locally sourced, all-sustainable, and humanely raised single-animal butchery. But almost everyone involved also has a chef’s background, so the larder is stocked with scratch bolognese, liver mousse, country pate, and so much else.

And since they’re the nicest guys on the block, it’s a place that makes you want to hang out. Now you can. Each month, Lowry Hill Meats will be hosting a pop-up featuring a chef or food personality.

On Friday, March 18, meet and eat food from Mike Phillips from Red Table Meats, as well as Johnny Hunter from the Underground Food Collective, a Madison butcher shop and restaurant. 7 p.m. 

For pricing and reservation info, call the shop.

Lowry Hill Meats

1934 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis


Burrito Mania at Bar Luchador

Every first Sunday of the month, they throw out their comprehensive, street food-inspired menu. They replace it with nothing but burritos. Crazy burritos. Owner Angelo Pennacchio says that Burrito Mania “gets bigger and crazier every time.”

Get crazy burritos at Burritomania.

Get crazy burritos at Burritomania.

The next event is March 6. While the menu changes every time, think things like al pastor (spit grilled pork) with pineapple rice and avocado mousse, or chicken bacon fajita with the entire burrito wrapped in bacon.

Prices range from $8 to $12 per burrito. Cash bar, no ticket fee.

Bar Luchador

825 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls.


Union Hmong Kitchen at Cook St. Paul

Get a taste of Hmong fusion on Saturday, March 26, at Cook St. Paul when Union Kitchen presents vermicelli noodles with wild mushrooms and bamboo shoots, crawfish tail banh mi, and more.

“We bring Hmong flavors to American palates,” says chef Yia Vang, “and forge an expression all our own.” 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cook St. Paul

1124 Payne Ave. St. Paul


LolaRosa’s at the Bedlam Theatre David Bowie Tribute

Blend Bowie with chicken adobo. LolaRosa’s Filipino fusion is popping up at the Bedlam Theatre on February 25 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The menu is TBD, but LolaRosa’s is known for Pinoy Poppers, Filipino egg rolls with spicy shrimp and pork and Lechon, oven roasted pork belly with peanut butter hoisin, plus lots of other stuff.

LolaRosa’s will also be selling food at Philippene Day at Aldrich Arena, Sunday, March 20, noon to 5 p.m. Prices range from $3 to $16.

The Bedlam Theatre

213 E. Fourth St., St. Paul 


Iron Chef Night at Create Dining Studio

If you aren’t content to just watch culinary competitions on TV, head over to Create Dining Studio on Sunday, March 13th. Chefs Philip Dorwart and Corey Meier will each cook four courses, competing in a game show atmosphere.

You’ll taste each dish and be the judge. Seats are $45 for the four-course meal. Add $15 for beer and wine pairings. Tickets are available starting on February 25th at Eventbrite. 

Create Dining Studio

1121 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis