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José Andrés’s Spanish Sandwiches Get Their Own Pop-Up in Penn Quarter

Eater logo Eater 4 days ago Tierney Plumb
a close up of a sandwich sitting on top of a table: A pollo frito sandwich at Pepe. © Pepe/official photo A pollo frito sandwich at Pepe.

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.


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 pop-up will run until Andrés’s team finds a standalone location for Pepe. 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.


a close up of food on a table: Candy-filled snoballs. © Pendleton Carryout Co./official photo Candy-filled snoballs.
Snoball include Candyland (lemon lime, orange, grape and cherry, Nerds, sour Worms, chopped Jolly Ranchers and Gummy Bears) and Poppy’s (cherry and lemon lime with Pop Rocks).

The Deal: Chef Ed McIntosh just added snoballs to his tiny Alexandria food incubator to beat the summer heat. Crushed ice features flavors like watermelon with cucumber-watermelon candy; lemon-lime jalapeno; and cold brew. Anyone who finishes a 5-pound Snoball will get a free pizza and a big Instagram shoutout. The bucket is also available for purchase ($20) and easily feeds 10. And to accommodate demand for vegetarian options, he also rolled out a Beyond Burger patty, seasoned with a house spice blend, and topped with onions, smash sauce, pickles and American cheese on sesame seed bun from Lyon Bakery. Available for pick-up or delivery.

Where: Pendleton Carryout Co., 807 Pendleton Street, Alexandria, Virginia

Dates: Snoballs are available through the summer

Cost: See full menu here.


The Deal: Michelin-starred chef Pepe Moncayo, who’s opening fusion restaurant Cranes in Penn Quarter later this year, will preview his Spanish-Japanese menu during a one-night pop-up at Gravitas with chef Matt Baker. The five-course dinner will feature dishes like green beans with shrimp ebi, sea urchin, and ponzu; mushroom rice in shio-kombu broth with burrata; and beef cheek with shishito peppers, red wine, and sesame sauce. Moncayo’s forthcoming 11,000-square-foot restaurant, which will boast an extensive sake collection alongside a “Spanish Kaiseki” small plates menu, will open inside the former Ruth’s Chris space at 724 Ninth Street NW. Bam!, Moncayo’s first omakase-style restaurant, opened in Singapore in 2013.

Where: Gravitas, 1401 Okie Street NE

Dates: Sunday, September 8 with seatings at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Cost: $90 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with optional sake pairing and a la carte beverages available for purchase.


The Deal: On weekends this summer, Rosslyn becomes home to a nine-hole outdoor mini golf course decorated with recreations of area landmarks like Key Bridge. Putt-putt is paired with an indoor cafe packed with air hockey, basketball, Pac-Man, and carnival games, where a whimsical, candy-themed bar slings sweets and a rotating list of beer, wine, and sangria. The seasonal playground for kids and adults is hosted by the Rosslyn BID in partnership with Monday Properties, CannonDesign, and Capitol Drywall.

Where: 1401 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, and the adjacent park space

Dates: Fridays (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) through the beginning of September.

Cost: The course is $3 to enter, drinks are $4 to $7, mocktails are $3, and popsicles (including D.C.’s Pleasant Pops) and candy are each $1.

a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a wooden fence © Birch/Rosslyn BID
Rosslyn Putt-Putt is inspired by street scenes in the area.
a stack of flyers on a table: Choose from Starburst, Sugar Patch Kids, and more. © Birch/Rosslyn BID Choose from Starburst, Sugar Patch Kids, and more.
Candy for sale at Rosslyn Putt-Putt.


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: Following A la Lucia’s successful Persian pop-up last month, chef-owner Michael Nayeri is doing a sequel dinner at the Italian restaurant in Alexandria that features regional foods and cooking techniques from Iran. Starters include Persian-style meatballs stuffed with apricots, raisons, and walnuts, followed by mains like Zereshk polo Belderchin, a sauteed whole quail stuffed with shaved almonds, orange peels, and saffron barberry rice. Persian cream puffs will be served for dessert.

Where: A La Lucia, 315 Madison Street, Alexandria, Virginia

Dates: Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 per person (including tax and gratuity) with an additional $35 (tax and gratuity not included). Buy tickets online or calling 703-836-5123.


What: Chef Christian Irabién will host a one-month pop-up previewing his Amparo Mexican restaurant that will open this fall inside the Union Market district’s anticipated Latin market, La Cosecha. His ceviche-focused stand is called Pepino (Spanish for cucumber). It will sit inside the neighborhood’s rum distillery Cotton & Reed. A short menu of six fish dishes includes Pepino, Sal y Mar (Hawaiian sunfish with aguachile, cucumber, mint, serrano, cilantro and tostadas) and a Ceviche De Camaron, with shrimp, citrus, salsa Mexicana, radishes, and tostada atop a saltine cracker. A themed slushie, dubbed “Prickled Pink,” is built with prickly pear, Cotton & Reed’s White Rum and Ilegal Mezcal, and lime ($12). Irabién, a Mexico native and Oyamel alum, is no stranger to pop-ups, having made several cooking appearances at Brookland’s District Space last year.

Where: Cotton & Reed (1330 5th Street NE)

Dates: Saturday, July 20, through Sunday, August 18, and will operate Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.

Cost: $7 to $16


The Deal: Inspired by a day-long collaborative gaming area at SXSW this March, Events DC teamed up with Drink Company to celebrate esports at Shaw’s Pop-Up Bar all summer. Three bar areas will pay tribute to D.C.’s esports entities: NB2K’s Wizards District Gaming, NRG’s Nairo from Smash, and the Overwatch League’s newest team, the Washington Justice. The immersive gaming destination will offer game-themed cocktails like GOATorade — a nod to the NBA’s official sports drink and acronym for the league’s best players — and Princess Peach, a cocktail honoring Super Smash Bros. Look out for watch parties, meet-and-greets with esports players, and more.

Where: Pop-Up Bar DC, 1843 7th Street NW

Dates: Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, September 29 at 5 p.m. daily

Cost: $12 to $14 for 10 colorful cocktails, including the Super Dragon Bros (Toki Japanese Whisky, Cadamaro, Vermouth, Laphroiag, Angostrua Bitters), the Pikachu-Hi (Iichiko Shochu, Koji, Sake, Lemon, Perrier), and the MVP (Most Valuable Paloma). There’s also game day snacks like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Slim Jims ($1.50-$3), alongside beer (including mini $3 Bud Light cans) and wine.

eSports 1.2 by Anonymous S3C97Jx4 on Scribd

a cup of tea on a table © Nicholas Karlin [Drink Company]
Assorted gaming-themed drinks at Pop-Up Bar DC’s newest pop-up.
a sign above a store © Nicholas Karlin/Drink Company

Cost: $20


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: Jack Rose Dining Saloon is bringing the beach to Adams Morgan this summer via a new happy hour series every Wednesday (starting July 3). Its sun-drenched rooftop terrace will transform into an Eastern Shore-inspired getaway complete with boardwalk bites, boozy sno-cones, orange crushes, frozen drinks, beer buckets, and free weekly giveaways. A rotating “Secret Crush” cocktail will be given away to the first 25 guests. The inaugural one is made with Belvedere vodka, grapefruit curaçao, Rubin bitter grapefruit liqueur, fresh orange, and Chandon bubbles. Food calls for funnel cake, Old Bay fries, and crab cake sliders.

Where: Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th Street NW

Dates: Wednesdays through July and August, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Beer cans are $6 and mix-and-match buckets at $30; themed cocktails ($9) include the Orange Crush and a frozen Dirty Banana with house coffee liqueur; boozy passionfruit or cherry sno-cones are $8; and bites start at $5. Here’s a look at the menu:

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The Deal: Homegrown soup shop Soupergirl offers four gazpacho flavors on tap (think beet and cucumber) alongside classic recipes served in its new bottles. Salads include one with white beans, tomato, and herb and another built out of summer vegetables and pasta.

Where: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE

Dates: Now through Labor Day; hours are weekdays at 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. (and 9 p.m. on Friday) and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The Deal: Qui Qui, a Caribbean fusion food truck and catering company, pops up at Barracks Row this summer inside veteran-run Valor Brewpub. Popular orders from the food truck include mofongo, or smashed plantain; kan kan, a slow-roasted and fried tomahawk pork chop with rice and beans; and churrasco, seared skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, white rice, and pink beans.

Where: Valor Brewpub (723 8th Street SE)

Dates: Starting Sunday, June 16, serving dinner every Sunday and Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. through the end of August.

Cost: Mains at Qui Qui run $12-$21, with sides starting at $3.50


The Deal: The Petworth bar is kicking off daytime service with the comeback of Short Eats, its Sri Lankan street food pop-up (think breakfast sandwiches made out of roti pockets). The space will double as a community gathering ground that includes a street market and arts and wellness events. Electric Body will run cardio fitness and burlesque dance classes starting Wednesday, May 29. The co-op will also host art installations and events from Petworth Arts Collaborative.

Where: 3813 Georgia Avenue NW

Dates: Ten Tigers opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 10 a.m. on Saturdays

Cost: Drop-in classes are $15


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: September 28, 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


The Deal: Homegrown coffee and gelato chain Dolcezza is installing a modified version of its Mosaic District offshoot, Mom & Pop, for the next six months at Dupont’s Shop Made in DC. Featured offerings include: rotating local pour-overs, breakfast sandwiches, salads, snack boards, meatball subs, grilled cheese, plus local beer and wine.

Where: 1330 19th Street NW

Dates: Starting Monday, April 2

Cost: Salads and sandwiches are $8-$12; gelato runs $6-$8; pastries are $3-$5; beer and wine is $6-$10.


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