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Dallas Pop-Ups to Check Out This Weekend

Espresso martinis. Detroit-style pizza. Eat-with-your-hands Filipino kamayan feast. Right this way to the pop-ups you need to know...
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Handmade: Bahay will pop up at Jettison for a all-hands-on-deck Filipino kamayan feast in which you eat dinner with the finger forks you were born with. Bahay

The weekend is nigh. And if you’re up for a little adventure, there are a few pop-ups around town serving up exactly that. Be it Detroit-style pie with espresso martinis or a Filipino feast you eat with your hands, these pop-ups are just what your weekend ordered.

Fletcher’s Corny Dogs

Sat., March 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 3311 Knox St.

For all those who observe National Corn Dog Day, this pop-up should interest you. The corny dog peddlers will be serving their famous battered bliss on a stick at the corner of Travis and Knox streets.

Bahay

Sun., March 20, 6:30 p.m. | Jettison, North Oak Cliff

If ever there were a time to eat with your hands and have so much fun doing it, it would be this Sunday. Bahay is hosting a Filipino kamayan-style feast, which means all of the baller flavors you love are gracefully shoveled into your mouth “by hand” (the Tagalog translation of kamayan).

Back in June 2020, the fierce women of Bilao and Hellalumpia, two pop-ups featured in our story on Dallas’ Filipino food scene, gathered around a table to hash out plans for their new collaboration: Bahay. The name, Bahay, means “house” or “home” in Tagalog, and it’s a nod to how they want to make diners feel warm and welcome. When two pop-ups collide, only good things happen.

Do just that at Jettison, the host and location of Bahay’s next dinner. Tickets are $140.

Bittersweet

March 21 & 28, 5–10 p.m. | Lounge Here, East Dallas

A roving pop-up touting amaro cocktails and espresso martinis promises Dallas “a very sexy Monday” (their words, though I can see how a caffeine-boosted, vodka-charged cocktail would make for a buzzy Monday.) Aside from the most popular-again drink in the country, Bittersweet is also having fun with Cynar. The herbaceous Italian aperitivo tastes prominently of artichoke, which is why Bittersweet will mix it with green bell pepper, tequila, lime, saline, and bubbles. It’s called For “Whom the Bell Pepper Tolls” (we love) and apparently pairs well with Brussel Crowe pizza from Better Half’s pizza pop-up (also love, also popping up at Lounge Here for Sexy Monday™️).

Better Half

March 21 & 28, 5–10 p.m. | Lounge Here, East Dallas

Okay, technically this pop-up is on Monday, which isn’t the weekend, I admit. But we’ll let it slide for Jennie Kelley and Brandon Moore, the duo and couple behind Better Half. If you recall, last summer, they took over Cosmo’s in Lakewood and brought us a temporary French bistro. Now, the pair will bequeath their famous Detroit-style pies that gained traction amid the era of pandemic pivots. Lounge Here’s full bar will be open and the good folks of Bittersweet will be here, too. Menu info here.


Close-up shot of a pepperoni and olive Detroit-style pizza.
Yes, get real up close and personal with Better Half Pop-Up Detroit-style personal pies. Better Half Pop-Up

Jan. 27, 2022 The weekend is nigh. And if you’re up for a little adventure, there are a few pop-ups around town serving up exactly that. Be it cookies and beer—an arguably perfect pairing—or Detroit pizza and dirty martinis, these pop-ups are just what your weekend ordered.

Cajukiku

Tonight: Fri, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. till sold out | Tiny Victories, Oak Cliff

Slurp up a bowl of ramen with a Cajun accent, also known as the New Orleans noodle soup called yakamein. Tonight, Cajukiku will sling yakamein at Tiny Victories, which, in this dining editor’s opinion, has the most underrated happy hour in Dallas. The yakamein has a creole-spiced broth base in which a bundle of noodles rests. Get prawns, beef, or a combo of the two. Each bowl comes with a soy-cured, soft-boiled egg, scallion frizzles, and bamboo shoots.

Picadera DFW

Tonight: Fri, Jan. 7, 6–10 p.m. | Lone Star Axe / 440 Rattler Bar, Trinity Groves

A must-eat for Dominican food, Picadera has been crushing the pop-up scene since 2020. (Seriously, read about it here.) Tonight, though, get your chimi-burger and tostones fix (okay, and your fill of queso frito A.K.A. tropical fried cheese and tres leches cupcakes) in West Dallas. The roving purveyor of Dominican street food will post up at 440 Rattler Bar.

Cookies By Chrysta

Sat, Jan. 8, noon to 3 p.m. | Peticolas, Design District

Chrysta Miller, the icing savant and deft cookie crafter, will have batches of baked goods this weekend. She’ll park a table in front of Peticolas as the brewery celebrates 10 years of Velvet Hammers and Golden Opportunities.

Better Half

Tue, Jan. 11, 9 p.m. | Mike’s Gemini Twin, The Cedars

Okay, technically this pop-up is Tuesday, which isn’t the weekend, I admit. But it’s been a minute since we checked in with Jennie Kelley and Brandon Moore, the duo and couple behind Better Half. If you recall, last summer, they took over Cosmo’s in Lakewood and brought us a temporary French bistro. Now, the pair will bequeath their famous Detroit-style pies that gained traction amid the era of pandemic pivots. The two pizza flavors on offer are both made with signature Motor City red sauce. While you’re there, get a Mike’s dirty martini or a shot and a Lone Star while you wait for your pizza to crisp up. (Dibs next pool game!)

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