These days, pop-ups aren't just a way for chefs to experiment on the side: they're often the launching pads for future hot restaurants, as fans of Rich Table, PizzaHacker, Hillside Supper Club, Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, Juhu Beach Club, and numerous other acclaimed pop-ups gone permanent can attest. So where can you check out the next big thing before it happens? Here are 15 pop-ups that have recently caught our attention (all are currently in operation or have done an event within the last month), with intel on what they serve and where to catch them. It's by no means a comprehensive guide—pop-ups are too ephemeral and change too frequently to provide anything of the sort—but it should hopefully serve as a starting point to explore SF's culinary underground.
We know we probably missed some great pop-ups (they're not always easy to track!) Please share your favorites in the comments, and we'll consider them for future editions of this guide.
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