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The Ultimate Guide to Atlanta’s Pop-Up Restaurant Scene

Dozens of Atlanta food pop-ups to know and where to find them around town

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Atlanta’s pop-up food scene is stronger than ever these days, with chefs and culinary entrepreneurs blending their cooking talents and cultural backgrounds together to create dishes, then harnessing the power of Instagram to market their events. People will often find these traveling kitchens taking over Atlanta restaurants on days establishments are closed, stationed in the parking lots or taprooms at area breweries, and even keeping a dining room full while the regular restaurant staff is on vacation.

With new pop-ups hitting the dining scene nearly every month, these roving restaurants and chefs continue to infuse the culinary landscape of Atlanta with wildly creative and innovative food people simply shouldn’t miss.

Below, Eater compiled a guide to the latest food and drink pop-ups to know in Atlanta, broken down by cuisine. Each pop-up listed includes a link to its Instagram account to easily follow for menu and location updates. Follow Punk Foodie on Instagram and online, too, for the latest weekly pop-up schedule broken down by OTP region and Atlanta neighborhood.

Know of a pop-up not listed? Send details to atlanta@eater.com.

Sweet Auburn BBQ hosted chef Lino Yi’s pop-up TKO Korean and chef Fu-Mao Sun’s Taiwanese pop-up Mighty Hans for a ramen night.
Chef Lino Yi’s pop-up TKO Korean for a ramen night hosted by Sweet Auburn Barbecue.
Ciarra deBritto/@crudeculinary

Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latin

Heritage Supper Club

Founded by chef Demetrius Brown, this pop-up dinner series explores the diverse ingredients, dishes, and culinary traditions found in Caribbean, Afro-Latin, and Afro-American cuisine.

Asian

Chew-on Chuan

The dishes from this Asian-Dominican pop-up range from pork belly skewers and stir-fried rice noodles to beef empanadas and Dominican breakfast plates.

Jackalope ATL

Run by Dave Mouche, expect a blend of Southeast Asian and American comfort foods, including beef bulgogi tacos, chicken katsu fingers, ma po tofu chili dogs, Thai fried chicken, and Cajun fries.

Baked Goods and Sweets

Casa Limón Pies

Sweet and savory pies, made to order, including sweet potato, choco pecan, apple dulce de leche, pineapple strawberry, and quiches. Vegan options available.

Cheesecake Anyone

A pop-up bakery offering a variety of personal-sized cheesecakes in flavors like banana bread, caramel apple pie, and strawberry. Vegan options available.

Choux Maker

A pop-up bakery serving decadent choux pastries, including eclairs and puff pastries. Often at Skate Escape at 12th and Piedmont in Midtown on Saturdays with the Tic Tac Coffee trailer.

Honey Blossom Sweets and Treats

Cottage bakery offering a variety of doughnut flavors, sweet buns, pastries, cakes, and cookies.

Kaisu Bakehouse (previously Kat’s Dumps)

Handmade Rice Krispie treats in flavors like matcha black sesame s’mores, Thin Mint, Biscoff cookie, and strawberry.

Sugar + Air

Expect chocolate pecan fudge, strawberry matcha Rice Krispy treats, caramels, and other baked good and sweets from this pop-up often found at Atlanta restaurants.

Sugar Loaf

This bakery pop-up offers cakes and pastries, like strawberry lemon meringue pie, Medivnyk coffee cake, and Thai-spiced peanut butter cookies. Keep an eye out for Sugar Loaf’s burger and breakfast biscuits pop-ups.

The Real Deal Bakery

Filipino-American bakery pop-up selling pan de sal, ube cupcakes, crinkle cookies, and maple bacon cinnamon rolls.

Three Lolas Bakeshop

Filipina pop-up bakery from Jen Almanza selling ube blondies, ube brioche doughnuts, Sans Rival cake, and pastries like spam, egg, and cheese pillows.

Teresa Finney bakes conchas in creative flavors for her micro-bakery and pop-up At Heart Panaderia.
Teresa Finney
Teresa Finney bakes conchas in creative flavors for her micro-bakery and pop-up At Heart Panaderia.
At Heart Panaderia.
Teresa Finney

Breads and Bagels

At Heart Panaderia

An Atlanta micro-bakery owned by Teresa Finney selling creatively flavored conchas and other pan dulce.

Baker’s Hatt

Filipino cottage bakery selling a variety of pan de sal and breads, like ube swirl and pull-apart coco jam bread. Vegan options available.

Beeline Bagels

Owned by Niki Hetchkop, this food cart typically serves New York-style bagels and schmear on Fridays and Sundays near the Eastside Beltline in Inman Park.

Bread is Good by Sarah Dodge

Baker Sarah Dodge sells loaves of sourdough, sourdough bagels, and bready pastries at pop-ups and farmers markets and offers a weekly bread subscription.

Clive Provisions

Clive Provisions owner Mae Stewart offers New York-style bagels for custom order via her “bagel hotline”.

EstoEtno Fine Bakery

Tiina D’Souza sells Estonian-style baked goods, including a rye-based sourdough breads, at farmers markets and pop-ups around Atlanta.

Knead to Savor

Persian micro-bakery from Niki Gavahi offering breads and baked goods based on family recipes at in-town farmers markets.

Osono Bread

A micro-bakery from Betsy Gonzalez, look for buckwheat loaves, oat porridge bread, focaccia, tordu twisted baguettes, and the popular “sourdoughnuts” at weekly farmers markets in Atlanta. Osono also features a bread subscription.

Seven Finger Baked Goods

Traditional and Filipino-inspired breads and pastries from baker Anthony Fisher. Often at Grant Park Filipino restaurant Estrellita on the weekends.

Barbecue

Gene’s

Popping up on occasion at Kimball House in Decatur, catch Gene’s slinging smoked brisket and pork plates and baby back ribs with sides of smoked cream corn, poblano mac and cheese, spiced curly fries, and burnt end beans.

Keenan’s Pit Bar-B-Que

Pitmaster Brian Keenan’s wood-fired pit barbecue pop-up offers deliveries and can often be found at breweries around Roswell.

Secret Pint BBQ

Small batch, Texas-style barbecue pop-up serving plates and sandwiches of pastrami, pork belly burnt ends, Spanish manchego links, and beef ribs smoked over oak and pecan wood at Atlanta and metro Atlanta breweries.

Stan’s Smoke Signals

Located in a parking lot at 850 James Jackson Parkway and Hightower Place, Stan’s serves racks of smoked ribs and rib sandwiches, smoked turkey legs, and wings paired with mac and cheese, dirty rice, sweet potato cobbler, and fried corn.

Belgian

Wafel Wagen

This pop-up serves sweet and savory liège waffles at breweries and beer gardens throughout Atlanta.

Amy and David Gabbard serve Southern and smoked comfort food dishes at their Atlanta pop-up Smoke and Honey.
Amy and David Gabbard serve Southern and smoked comfort food dishes.
Smoke and Honey

Comfort Food

Gourmet Street Foods

Chef Carla Fears serves up lamb patty melts topped with marsala herb goat cheese, sweet potato fritters, and Southern yardbird loaded baked potatoes at this Atlanta pop-up often found at Wild Heaven Brewery in Avondale Estates.

Humble Mumble

Chef Justin Dixon’s Atlanta-centric pop-up serves meaty and mighty sandwiches. Currently at Collective at Coda in Midtown. Dixon pop-ups elsewhere in Atlanta, too.

Illegal Food

Operated by chef Steven Lingenfelter and Laurie Dominguez, this pop-up features its coveted Hank burger, along with Vietnamese grilled eggplant and the Uncle Mala’s fried chicken sandwich. Popping up at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, starting May 25.

Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken

Run by Jimmie Jackson, this pop-up serves jerk dishes, like smoked jerk wings and jerk pastrami sandwiches, as well as oxtail empanadas and fried fish sandwiches from breweries and restaurants around Atlanta.

Nana’s House

This pop-up is often found at area breweries and dedicates much of its menu to quesadillas, like the Philly cheesesteak and chicken bánh mì.

Pat’s Poutine

A pop-up and online restaurant offering classic Canadian poutine — fries covered in beef or mushroom gravy and topped with cheese curds.

Puncho’s Late-Night Fry Trap

A pop-up serving fresh cut fries with toppings like lemon pepper chicken bites and ranch drizzles. Order online for delivery in Atlanta.

Thicc Burger

Run by chef Jay Wolfe, this burger pop-up features a variety of over-the-top burgers like the NYC bodega chopped cheeseburger sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickles in a hoagie roll.

Smoke and Honey

Founded by Amy and David Gabbard, this pop-up serves Southern and smoked comfort food dishes, like brisket tacos, burgers, and pimento cheese quesadillas.

Drinks and Coffee

Bar Racho

A mobile cocktail bar and Mexican food pop-up. Look for tacos and snacks like birria bruschetta on the food menu with margaritas and rum Old Fashioneds.

Boarding Pass Coffee

A coffee roastery based in Milton, Georgia, owned by Murilo and Christine Santos, offering coffee from Murilo’s family coffee farm in Brazil, Fazenda Sant’ana.

Harbor Coffee

An Atlanta coffee pop-up serving drinks using beans from Portland, Oregan coffee company Heart Roasters.

Hourglass Cocktail Club

Look for this cocktail pop-up pouring drinks like Suze and Soda, a peach martini, and the classic Aviation cocktail at Atlanta restaurants like Poor Hendrix.

Ira Lane Coffee

A mobile coffee bar operated by Taneisha Patrick serving coffee, espresso, and lattes like salted caramel and lavender and Biscoff cookie butter.

TanBrown Coffee

Run by Marissa Childers and Ethan Darla, this Asian-American-owned coffee company and pop-up hopes to shine the spotlight on the variety of Asian coffees found throughout the world.

The Chai Box

Owned by Monica Sunny, this pop-up and tea company sells hand-blended chai from farmers in Kerala, India, as well as spices and gift sets.

Tic Tac Coffee

Located at skate shop Skate Escape on Piedmont, this coffee cart serves Americanos, lattes, macchiatos, espressos, and ice coffees across from Piedmont Park.

Up or Down

This cocktail pop-up from bartender Timothy Faulkner is sometimes at Octopus Bar in East Atlanta Village and other secret locations around Atlanta on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Zilch Market

A non-alcoholic cocktail pop-up and bottle shop founded by sober bartenders Savannah Rainey and Lissa Eubanks.

Dumplings

Soupbelly

Candy Hom hosts dumpling pop-ups and offers batches of handmade frozen dumplings for sale at markets and online.

Mike Pimentel, owner of Adobo ATL, offers Filipino dishes at his pop-ups in Atlanta
Mike Pimentel, owner of Adobo ATL, offers Filipino dishes at his pop-ups in Atlanta
Adobo ATL
A variety of Filipino dishes from Mike Pimentel, owner of Adobo ATL, with a lager from Eventide Brewery in atlanta. @pattygan

Filipino

Adobo ATL

Mike Pimentel offers Filipino dishes and comfort foods at his pop-ups throughout Atlanta.

Baolicious

This pop-up specializes in steamed buns stuffed with ube pork belly adobo, matcha Thai basil chicken, and apple hard cider barbecue pork.

Barangay ATL

Run by Gabriel Tungol, this pop-up serves dishes representing a variety of regional cuisines found throughout the Philippines, along with many Filipino-American dishes. Expect dishes like chicken inasal, lumpia stuffed with grass-fed beef, Bisayang karnitas tacos, and ginataang manok (chicken stewed in coconut milk) on the menu.

Eggrollin’

Run by Daniel Fontimayor, this pop-up and catering business centers on traditional Filipino dishes, like lumpia, pancit, and chicken adobo.

Sarap Atlanta

A pop-up that fuses Filipino and a variety of Asian dishes together on the menu, including lumpia, longanisa wontons, siopao, pancit, and pork belly adobo sanwits.

Global

Good Foods Kitchen

Expect dishes like coconut grits topped with local grilled vegetables, duck mole tacos, breakfast tostadas, and even pork and sauerkraut strudel when chef Jenn Nylander pops up at Freedom Farmers Market, Morningside Farmers Market, and Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

Ry’s Table

Often found at Atlanta farmers markets, this pop-up serves dishes infused with “global to local flavors” like chive dumplings, a variety of seasonal salads and grain bowls, and massaman Thai curry.

Stolen Goods

A collaborative pop-up restaurant from a rotating group of Black and brown Atlanta chefs, including Maximilian Hines, Justin Dixon, Claudia Martinez, Bryan Furman, and Melanie Dionne.

Vinetta

This Atlanta-based pop-up and private dinner company from chef Joel Penn and Amanda Newsom celebrates vegetables and local ingredients in its dishes, as well as the couple’s Appalachian roots.

Korean

BOK — Bite of Korea

Described as a Korean fusion pop-up, expect dishes like Korean fried chicken, kimchi fried rice, so-dduk skewers, and bulgogi quesadillas served from Atlanta restaurants and breweries.

Foodcation Forever/Leftie Lee’s

Chef and baker Vivian Lee sells Korean-inspired baked goods, pastries, and sandwiches at pop-ups and events in Atlanta. Her sandwich shop Leftie Lee’s opens in Avondale Estates by the end of 2022.

Kimchi Joy

This pop-up serves traditional Korean dishes and kimchi, also available for pick up. Often at Ria’s Bluebird in Grant Park on Tuesdays.

Seoul Chikin

Run by Stephanie Watson, this pop-up serves Korean street foods, like Korean fried chicken based on her mother’s recipe, tornado potato skewers, and mandu (dumplings).

TKO

Chef Lino Yi offers Korean-American dishes at his pop-ups, including beef egg roll taquitos, volcano nachos with spicy crab salad, Korean corndogs, and kimchi and cheese quesadillas

A street taco, birria, quesabirria, and mulita pop-up run by Daniela Guevara.
DMT Taqueria
DMT Taqueria

Lao

So So Fed

This Laotian pop-up offers dishes like laab chicken wings and laab steak, papaya salad, fried pork belly, and mango sago for dessert. Mostly recently at the Bookhouse Pub on Ponce.

Latin American

Humo Cuisine

A Latin American pop-up found at Atlanta breweries serving Colombian ceviche, smoked pernil plates, and choriperros (Colombian hot dog topped with queso, garlic mayo ketchup, pineapple sauce, and shoestring potatoes.)

Mami’s Empanadas

Described as Latin fusion cuisine, expect more than just empanadas from this Atlanta-based pop-up, including pork tamales, Baja fish tacos, and jumbo chicken enchiladas.

Mexican

Amorous Tacos

Every Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Atlantucky Brewery in Castleberry Hill, catch this pop-up slinging tacos like jerk shrimp and barbecue shrimp topped with apple mango slaw.

Chicas Birria

Food cart serving birria, tacos, and birra pizza popping up in the parking lot at Sun Auto Services in Doraville and at the Allatoona Dam Food Truck Park and Beer Garden in Cartersville.

DMT Taqueria

A street taco, birria, quesabirria, and mulita pop-up run by Daniela Guevara often found at Atlanta breweries and farmers markets.

Gorditas ATL

Chef Rio Becerra pops up weekly at Atlanta breweries and restaurant patios with their street tacos and burritos, some stuffed with chorizo and beans or even nopal (cactus).

Jose’s Birria Local

A mostly OTP pop-up serving birria, birria ramen, and birria tacos at breweries throughout the northern Atlanta suburbs.

Lupe’s Mexican Eatery

A pop-up run by Little Tart Bakeshop baker, Sofia Garcia Diaz (who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico,) expect tacos like lengua tossed in tomatillo salsa, chicharron en salsa roja with refried beans and cotija cheese and slow-cooked cochinita pibil made with annatto and sour orange adobo and topped with pickled red onions.

Mascogo Tacos

Chef Craig Headspeth runs this taco pop-up often found at Atlanta and metro Atlanta breweries. The menu includes tacos filled with marinated grilled cactus, al pastor, and confit crispy pork shoulder.

Sistahritas

This pop-up and food truck from Shayla Cottle brings Southern flare to California-style tacos on Fayetteville Road in East Atlanta and features a fried fish and shrimp po’boy taco with Cajun slaw.

Slapping Tacos

Billed as a Latin-soul food pop-up, Chasity Hill is serving her signature “wet tacos” infused with the flavors of Puerto Rico out of Corner Store Grocery on Metropolitan Parkway.

New Zealand

Heaps

Jake Harvey serves fish and chips and New Zealand-style savory hand pies, like steak, mushroom, and ale and chana masala (vegan), at Atlanta breweries and restaurants, including Boggs Social and Supply.

Persian

Delle Dining

This dinner series, run by Nadia Deljou, fuses food, music, art, and Persian culture together for a multi-sensory dining experience. Deljou also sells baked goods and sweets with Persian ingredients and flavors at markets throughout Atlanta.

Oxtail and ricotta pizza from Phew’s Pies in atlanta.
Oxtail and ricotta pizza.
Phew’s Pies
Lemon pepper wet pizza from Phew’s Pies in atlanta.
Lemon pepper wet pizza.
Phew’s Pies

Pizza

Dolo’s Pizza

Alyson Williams and chef Yusef Walker (Negril Village, Ms. Icey’s) founded this pizza pop-up now at Underground Atlanta serving pies topped with jerk chicken, honey, and blue cheese or callaloo, roasted tomatoes, and Jamaican ackee sauce.

Phew’s Pies

This westside Atlanta pizza pop-up and online delivery service from Matthew “Phew” Foster serves handmade pies topped with lemon pepper wet wings and oxtails and ricotta.

Pomodoro Bella

No longer at Chattahoochee Food Works, chefs James Semanisin and Byars Parham now serve their Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas, and cannolis at farmers markets and pop-ups throughout Atlanta.

Spina Pizza

Anthony Spina Jr. (son of O4W Pizza founder) slings Neapolitan-style pizzas, like the classic margherita, a lemon-infused pie, and the Hot Boy topped with pomodoro sauce, double pepperoni, pecorino, and hot honey. Spina Pizza opens in 2022 at Atlanta Dairies.

Polish

Brave Wojtek

This Polish food pop-up from Matt Reeves features Polish street and comfort foods, including lemon pepper pierogi, flat bread pizzas called zapiekanka, and other dishes like barszcz (borscht).

Puerto Rican

Island Flavors

A pop-up dedicated to the foods and flavors of Puerto Rico, including empanadas, mofongo, sorullito, and arroz con gandules.

Romanian

Masa Romanian

New to the Atlanta pop-up scene, expect “grandma’s traditional Romanian food,” including sarmale (cabbage pork rolls), cârnați (smoked pork sausage with mashed potatoes, garlic relish, cold cabbage, dill salad), and foi cu miere (graham crackers filled with raspberry jam).

Seafood

Mama Jane Seafood

Look for this family-run, New Orleans-style seafood pop-up set up at 1683 Sylvan Road in Sylvan Hills serving crawfish, shrimp, and crab boils by the pound with side bags of corn, sausages, and potatoes.

Sushi

Omakase Table

Chef Leonard Yu pops up at the sushi bar at Brush Sushi Izakaya in Decatur every Monday and Tuesday for two omakase seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reservations required.

Trap Sushi

This food, art, cosplay, and culture pop-up series blends sushi, anime, and hip hop with Atlanta and Japanese culture at events around City of Atlanta.

Taiwanese

Mighty Hans

Chef Fu-Mao Sun serves Taiwanese-American dishes from Gato (soon to become Gigi’s Italian Kitchen) in Candler Park, including Taiwanese rice balls (fan tuan), dragon fruit mochi doughnuts, and a scallion pancake BEC (bacon, egg, cheese, duck fat, and garlic bean paste). NOTE: GATO closes July 23 and Gigi’s becomes a permanent restaurant in the space later in August.

Vegan chikin sliders from Atlanta vegan pop-up WTF—Wonderful Tasting Food.
Mark Sloan describes food served at his pop-up as vegan fast food, like these vegan chikin sliders.
WTF—Wonderful Tasting Food
Buffalo unchikin sandwich from Atlanta vegan pop-up WTF—Wonderful Tasting Food.
Buffalo unchikin sandwich.
WTF—Wonderful Tasting Food

Vegan

7 Suns 2 Moons

A family-owned and operated vegan meal prep and catering service, also serving vegan comfort foods.

Bear Pizzeria

Brandon and Maja Covington serve vegan pizzas from this pop-up at Atlanta breweries and for takeout and delivery.

Bien Vegano Atlanta

This vegan farmers market, dinner series, and food pop-up is run by chef Luis Martinez My Abuelas Food, VeganX). Often popping up at breweries and bars like Georgia Beer Garden.

Calaveritas Taqueria Vegana

Currently popping up at the Window in the Met complex on Murphy Avenue and at area breweries, look for vegan quesabirria, street tacos, and conchas on the menu.

Carrot Dog

This pop-up at the Window on Murphy Avenue serves vegan hot dogs made from carrots marinated in a 15-spice blend, resulting in a similar consistency to a hot dog. Toppings include coleslaw, vegan chili, and onions and relish.

The Power Plant

A new Afro-Latin vegan pop-up dinner series serving bowls, sliders, and other comfort food dishes.

WTF — Wonderful Tasting Food

Mark Sloan describes food served at his pop-up as vegan fast food, so expect cheezburgers, Buffalo unchikn sandwiches, Baja vegan shrimp burgers, and chili cheez fries. Often found at the Met on Murphy Avenue in Atlanta.

Vietnamese

Ba + Mẹ

Run by Lisa Bi, this Atlanta pop-up serves homestyle Vietnamese comfort food, like bánh bột lọc (tapioca dumplings), sugarcane shrimp skewers, and bắp nướng mỡ hành (grilled sweet corn with scallion oil).

Little Tart Bakeshop

68 Georgia Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 348-4797 Visit Website

Estrellita

580 Woodward Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 390-3038 Visit Website

Georgia Beer Garden

420 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 458-5690 Visit Website

Osono Bread

1015 Grant Street Southeast, , GA 30315 Visit Website

Chattahoochee Food Works

1235 Chattahoochee Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 Visit Website

Illegal Food

1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 254-2141

Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 627-9911 Visit Website

O4W Pizza

3117 Main Street, , GA 30096 (678) 587-5420 Visit Website

DMT

1366 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30317 (323) 270-2520 Visit Website

Atlanta Dairies

777 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30316 (770) 434-2400 Visit Website

Dolo’s Pizza

50 Upper Alabama Street, , GA 30303 Visit Website

Gato

1660 McLendon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 371-0889 Visit Website

Poor Hendrix

2371 Hosea L Williams Drive Southeast, , GA 30317 (404) 549-8756 Visit Website

Humble Mumble

756 West Peachtree Street Northwest, , GA 30308 Visit Website

The Bookhouse Pub

736 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 254-1176 Visit Website

My Abuelas Food

659 Auburn Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 Visit Website

Pomodoro Bella

1235 Chattahoochee Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 902-6253 Visit Website

Tic Tac Coffee

1086 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, , GA 30309 Visit Website
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