We have never seen more pop-ups in Miami, which makes sense. The temporary nature of the pop-up lends itself to our current dining reality. But all these pop-ups have been an unexpected silver lining to a really sh*tty year. And whether it’s a takeout operation or a restaurant trying something new, you should check out these places before they’re gone. Because we really have no clue how long they’ll be sticking around.
Ted’s Burgers is a Wynwood pop-up operating out of J. Wakefield on Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at noon until sold out. They do smash burgers here - the kind that are smashed within a millimeter of their lives, which results in the patty having these incredibly thin, crispy edges. It’s a technique we approve of, because the result is delicious. They serve a classic cheeseburger, a fried onion burger with thinly sliced onions, and they do their own version of a frita too.
The great South Beach bar Sweet Liberty has launched a new outdoor pop-up located in the back of the Shelborne South Beach. The pop-up will operate from Thursday through Sunday till midnight, and feature food, drinks, and DJs.
E&P Dmplngs (yes, that’s how they spell it) is a pop-up operating out of Threefold Cafe in Coral Gables. The menu is small with about four dumpling options, but these are some of the best dumplings in town. The incredibly tender beef shank shumai, which comes with a demi-glace dipping sauce, is the kind of bite that will make you unconsciously groan in a way that might disturb nearby tables. The other excellent dumplings options include crab shumai, lamb, and soup dumplings. They’re taking reservations online.
Harry’s Pizzeria in the Design District has been running a delivery-only pop-up called Seoul Chicken for the last few months. Like the name implies, they do mostly chicken here, offering half and whole roasted birds as well as rice bowls with pulled chicken. There’s also an outstanding kimchi crispy chicken sandwich that’s easily one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in town.
HaoChi is a dumpling pop-up taking over Calle Ocho’s Union Beer Store Mon-Wed from 4-9pm. The dumplings are excellent, and options include mushroom and leek, shrimp, cabbage and white miso, or pork, beef, and peanut gyoza. There are also charred snow peas and crispy chicken wings. You might as well get those on the table too. Union Beer also just opened some patio seating in their backyard. It looks and feels like a proper Little Havana backyard, rooster inlcuded.
Some of the best barbecue in South Florida right now is being served from a North Miami front yard. Drinking Pig BBQ, which is open Fri-Sun, has a massive smoker full of things you definitely want to eat. There are classic pork ribs, tender brisket, pulled pork, beautiful spice-rubbed chicken that looks like it just got out of the tanning salon, and a beef rib that might strain your bicep. There’s also cornbread, mac and cheese, and collard greens - all of which are outstanding. They accept orders via Instagram DM Sun-Wed for the following weekend, which you should place as fast as your fingers will allow. You can take the food to-go or sit down and eat it on a shaded picnic table.
El Primo Red Tacos
El Primo is a taco pop-up in downtown specializing in beef birria tacos that come with a consomé dipping broth. There are other dishes here too, like birria quesadillas, a birria tostada, and even birria ramen. The pop-up is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday - operating out of the Mexican restaurant PEZ. Order online.