Pop-ups are practically de rigueur for starting a restaurant these days in San Francisco; just ask Wesburger, Lazy Bear, Wise Sons, Liholiho Yacht Club, Del Popolo, Mission Chinese, Californios, and many more restaurants around town that started in this grassroots way. It's a reasonable expectation, then, that many of the recurring pop-ups now operating around the city will eventually turn brick-and-mortar. Either way, the "in-the-know" feeling inspired by these ephemeral dining experiences keep things fresh, and the pop-ups coming.
From Vietnamese street food to Texas-style barbecue to refined pasta, there are all sorts of cuisines and experiences to seek in this fleeting form. And as a bonus, because there are not the same overhead costs as permanent restaurants, the food is often on the more affordable side, too. These 13 semi-permanent pop-ups currently operating around the Bay Area are ones to get excited about, especially so you can say you knew them when they were just a pop-up.
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Note: map points are listed alphabetically, not ranked.Read More