With several of these ephemeral eateries materializing around the city, we've rounded up a current lineup of popups with a bit more staying power.
During this three-day popup spanning April 17–19, chef Jason Harris will team up with Old Ballard Liquor Co. to create a simultaneously traditional yet contemporary menu of Nordic cuisine. Think smoked Pacific herring—and a healthy dose of aquavit, to be sure. It's held at the former site of Harris’s Bloom restaurant, which he has turned into an events and popup venue known as Demo. ($50)
No, this isn’t a yet unnamed popup, but a recurring Sunday dinner with a menu that changes weekly. Chef Zach Chambers (Anchovies and Olives, Bar Cotto) creates an a la carte menu—unusual for a popup—of Mediterranean and Italian fare at Bar Sue on 14th Ave in Capitol Hill from 5 to 9pm. ($9–$16; plus a tasting menu for $58)
Taking a short break from making scratch soba noodles by hand, Miyabi 45th chef and co-owner Mutsuko Soma dabbles in different ramen styles each Wednesday. Popping out of her Miyabi 45th kitchen comes curry, shio, and miso ramens between 11:30 and 2pm. (Prices vary)
Holly Smith is filling the culinary (and physical) vacancy at the original Lark space while her Kirkland restaurant is closed for a major remodel. Cafe Juanita's tasting menu popup will continue its stint at 926 12th Ave through the end of June. Take advantage each week from Wednesday through Saturday. ($135 for eight-ish courses)
Food and Sh*t
On the third Monday of each month, rapper Prometheus Brown examines different culinary facets of his Filipino culture. The next one happens May 18 at Inay's and celebrates Philippine filmmaker Lino Brocka with a five-course dinner for $40ish. Seatings at 5pm and 8pm. Info and sh*t right over here.
Each Saturday at 2002 East Union St, the Central District becomes a bit sweeter due to Josh Grunig’s popup bakery inside Magpie. The lineup of goods slightly vary each week, but from 10am to 1pm grab things like chocolate babka buns, croissant doughnuts (which sell out fast), or fresh sourdough bread. ($2–$6)
Laura Pyles—who once created desserts for Revel, Joule, and Book Bindery—runs her bimonthly popup bakery out of Brimmer and Heeltap on Sundays from 8am to noon. Her vast repertoire of treats includes cannoli filled with Mexican vanilla mascarpone, chocolate peanut butter pie with potato-chip crust, buttery pan de mallorca, and more. Lately in between these Sundays, Parchment has a “mini popup” at Culinary Essentials during the Ballard Farmers Market starting at 10:30am. (Prices vary)
Almost three weeks in, this daily popup is still churning out freshly fried brioche-based doughnuts at the Ballard Cupcake Royale from 7am until they sell out. Each morning Cupcake Royale pastry chef Nicki Kerbs prepares six rotating flavors like whiskey maple bacon, strawberry buttermilk, and more. ($2.50–$3)
Food at Cortona Cafe
After a brief hiatus, this popup—teasingly self-described as inauthentic Eurasian food—by chef Zac Reynolds returns May 1 with Friday and Saturday seatings from 6 to 10pm. Utilizing coffee shop Cortona Cafe in Central District during its afterhours, this popup features farmer’s market ingredients of the week and chef Reynolds’s whimsy.
And a few upcoming one-time-only popups, just for kicks...
Pigs and Pints
After his popup inspired by Lewis and Clark last month, chef Paul Staley focuses on a single ingredient: pig. For two nights and four seatings at Demo (formerly Bloom) chef Staley will serve six courses of heritage pig and wild boar: braised wild boar osso buco, a ham rilette with fried quail egg, and more. ($50)
Venessa Goldberg, previously of How Pickle Got in a Jam, will be the first popup at Spaghetti Western since it ceased serving pasta and barbecue. She's planning five courses (plus a secret mini course) of "hyperseasonal" dishes for $48.