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A Thai Soup Pop-Up Will Make a Fall Comeback at Toki Underground

Eater logo Eater 10/9/2019 Tierney Plumb
a close up of a sandwich with meat and vegetables: Spicy soups from Toh Roong will be sold at Toki Underground this fall. © Toki Underground [official photo] Spicy soups from Toh Roong will be sold at Toki Underground this fall.

Pop-ups seem to be everywhere in D.C. Here, Eater will highlight some of the best pop-up options coming to town over the next month or so, and periodically update this guide when old ones disappear and new ones emerge. This curated guide includes everything from longer-term pop-ups to one-time events. It de-emphasizes residencies lasting more than a couple of months, or events labeled pop-ups that don’t quite fit the format.

The Eater DC pop-up roundup is traditionally updated every other week or so: send any upcoming pop-up information to for potential inclusion.

Toh Roong Noodle Pop-Up at Toki

The Deal: Following a successful Thai pop-up dinner for Toh Roong at Toki Underground last month, chef Kitima Boonmala will add two more to the docket at the H Street ramen staple. Boonmala will join Toki’s Olivier Caillabet to make Thai dishes like boat noodle soups, khao soi karaage, and white miso tom yum goong shrimp.

Where: Toki Underground, 1234 H Street NE

Dates: Sunday, October 13, and Sunday, November 3; reservations start at 5 p.m.

Cost: Most bowls are $16, with beignets with kaya for $6

Clue-Themed “Royal Knights” Cocktail Pop-Up

The Deal: For its monthly cocktail series, the Royal invites Lauren Paylor of Petworth’s Dos Mamis and the newly opened Pom Pom to sling drinks themed after Clue characters. Paylor will collab with Royal bar managers Jake Kenny and Alonzo Freeman on six drinks. For example, there will a smoked cucumber punch with a gunpowder tea tincture for Mr. Green’s revolver. The cult movie from the 1980s will be screened on the projector, and the board game will be available for guests to play.

Where: The Royal, 501 Florida Avenue NW

Dates: Monday, October 14 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: Cocktail are $8, canned Atlas brews are $3. Chef Cable Smith will serve late-night spicy fried chicken sandwiches for $9.

Chef Vinson Petrillo Takeover In Charlottesville

The Deal: Celebrity chef Vinson Petrillo, a two-time winner of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Chopped Champions,” will take over the kitchen at Red Pump Kitchen in Charlottesville. The executive chef of Charleston’s hit Zero Restaurant + Bar will replace Red Pump’s Tuscan menu with a two-night, six-course tasting spread featuring seafood, meats, and local veggies, alongside wine pairings from area vineyards.

Where: Red Pump Kitchen, 401 E Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia

Dates: Thursday and Friday, October 17-18

Cost: $140; reservations are available through Resy.

New Kitchens on the Block at Mess Hall

The Deal: For its sixth installment of New Kitchens on the Block, Northeast’s Mess Hall will host a smorgasbord of chefs previewing their upcoming restaurants. Expect samples from Maialino Mare by restaurateur Danny Meyer and chef Rose Noel; Hi/Fi Taco by chef Nate Anda; Cranes by chef Pepe Moncayo; Tabla by Jonathan and Laura Nelms; Soko by chef Brad Feickert and restaurateur Chris Brown; and Pearl’s Bagels by owners Allee and Oliver Cox, to name a few. Erik Bruner-Yang will also debut his first menu for &pizza since becoming their executive chef. Cocktails will hail from Green Hat, One Eight Distilling, El Silencio brands, among others, with seasonal brews from 3 Stars.

Where: Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood Street NE

Dates: Sunday, October 20, with two time options: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $85 to $210 (which includes a $100 gift card to Maialino Mare)

Méchoui Mediterranean Grill Nights at Kingbird

The Deal: Every Thursday night, the French-leaning restaurant at the Watergate will serve a set menu on its terrace that follows the North African practice of méchoui, roasting or grilling lamb or sheep directly over a spit. The menu, which comes with unlimited wine and beer, includes marinated lamb made five ways (grilled chop, smoked rib, braised shank, kebab, stewed shoulder). There will also be a grilled catch of the day and a grilled half-chicken served with charred broccoli and a variety of sauces. The meals start with a salad bar that incorporates lots of locally sourced cheeses and charcuterie.

Where: The Watergate, 2650 Virginia Avenue NW

Dates: Every Thursday through October 17

Cost: $79 per person, exclusive of gratuity

Alfred Hitchcock(tails) at Truxton Inn

The Deal: The work of director Alfred Hitchcock is the theme for six drinks at this Bloomingdale cocktail den through Halloween. “The Birds” cocktail is filled with Old Forester Signature and Cotton & Reed Allspice. There’s also a mezcal-spiked “Vertigo” and a rum-heavy “Psycho.” Every other Wednesday at 7 p.m., Truxton will host a movie night, starting with Rear Window on September 11. The closer Halloween gets, the more bird decor will blanket the bar.

Where: Truxton Inn, 251 Florida Avenue NW

Dates: Now through the end of October

Cost: Cocktails are $8-$14

TruxtonInn Hitchcock by Anonymous S3C97Jx4 on Scribd

Spirited Tuesdays at The Graham’s Rooftop

The Deal: Every Tuesday in September and October, rotating liquor brands will head to the boutique hotel’s rooftop to dish out complimentary tastings and swag, with featured specialty cocktails and sounds from an acoustic guitarist. Cocktail pricing will stay put until close all night.

Where: The Graham, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW

Dates: Starting Tuesday, September 10 with Journeyman Whiskey; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Subsequent Tuesdays will star brands like Hendrick’s, Patron, and Balvenie.


The Deal: The Line’s new camping-themed Sunday series aims to take D.C. dwellers out of the city on its panoramic outdoor rooftop. Unlimited passed bites from A Rake’s Progress includes mini Rake’s Burgers, smoked rockfish croquettes, and grilled spring onion skewers. There’s also a fully-stocked bar with cocktails, bottled and canned wines, beers, and other locally-made beverages. Each event donates a portion of ticket sales to a local community partner (the first benefits DC Central Kitchen).

Where: The Line, 1770 Euclid Street NW

Dates: Starting Sunday, August 25, running almost every Sunday through late October.

Cost: Guests can book $35 tickets through Resy for 11 a.m., 2 p.m., or 5 p.m. time slots, which includes entry, a $5 donation to the day’s partner, and unlimited passed snacks.

a hand holding a water bottle © EvaMarie McGarry/The Line
The Line’s new camping series kicks off Sunday, August 25.


The Deal: The Lab, ThinkFoodGroup’s rotating hub for fast-casual experiments in Penn Quarter, will host a pop-up for Pepe, the José Andrés food truck that sells Spanish sandwiches across the D.C. area. Along with its core classics, the Lab will debut a “super” flauta sandwich that’s long and thin like a flute, soft serve leche meringada — a sweet milk drink boosted by egg whitesand sorbet. The food truck will also keep rolling around as usual (check Twitter for location updates).

Where: The Lab, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Dates: Starting Monday, August 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Deal: Shaw’s doughnut destination just shaved its hours, closing from Monday to Thursday. It’s now going the pop-up route, selling breakfast pastries and coffee drinks on weekends as the space prepares to transform into something different. A representative tells Eater that will be a “fun new restaurant concept that we think will be a perfect fit for Shaw.” The new hours better reflect demand from Shaw customers, “who tend to buy doughnuts mostly on Fridays and weekends.” Its basement cocktail bar, Nocturne, will keep operating as usual.

Where: 1932 9th Street NW

Dates: Now operating Friday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights


The Deal: Vet D.C. chef Cliff Wharton just launched a “ghost restaurant” of sorts from a pop-up kitchen, starring the Filipino comfort foods he grew up eating in Manila. The venture, which could turn into a brick-and-mortar, translates to “Drunken Pig” and just hit Uber Eats. His favorite order is the Bicole Express (sliced pork slathered in creamy coconut milk, garlic, shrimp paste, and chilies). Wharton is a pioneer in D.C.’s now-booming Filipino scene, introducing diners to traditional chicken adobo and lumpia — his country’s version of a spring roll — in the early 2000s at the original TenPenh downtown (he also opened the latest location in Tysons Corner in 2016). His resume also includes the Tabard Inn and Penn Commons.

Where: Available only on Uber Eats, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: Starting Tuesday, July 16

Cost: Entrees ($15-$18) come with garlic rice, baby bok choy and mushrooms; one lumpia; and rice coconut cake bites (bibingka). There’s also sides ($3) like the eggplant adobo, which comes with the veggie pancit (tossed vermicelli noodles).

Lasing Nab a Boy Menu by Anonymous S3C97Jx4 on Scribd

a bowl of food on a plate on a table © Lasing Na Baboy [official photo]
Assorted offerings at Lasing Na Baboy.


The Deal: The H Street wine bar is giving parents a break by opening an hour early one Saturday a month and inviting them to bring their kids along for food and drinks without the added expense of finding a sitter. Expect a limited supply of kids’ food on the house (think mac and cheese) and access to its full menu. A children’s book from its pop-up bookstore, Duende District, will also be raffled off.

Where: Dio Wine Bar, 904 H Street NE

Dates: October 26

Cost: No tickets required. Here’s a disclaimer from the team: “Please keep in mind Dio is a bar and not a family restaurant. We welcome adults and their children, but we do not have accommodations for children such as high chairs or changing tables.”


The Deal: Maketto’s new dinner series highlights limited-time menu items at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Cambodian-Taiwanese eatery, like unlimited soup dumplings, a few times a week.

Where: Maketto, 1351 H Street NE

Dates: Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person; make reservations here


The Deal: Owner Matthew Weiss and the Barrel team transformed the downstairs Elixir Bar into a throwback drinking den from the 1980s and early 1990s, complete with original and classic rum-focused cocktails like the “Beets by Dre.” Rum-DMV — a name inspired by rapper Run-DMC, the spirit, and the D.C. area — will also feature arcade games and a jukebox exclusively playing hip hop from that genre.

Where: 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Dates: Starting Friday, October 5


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