Hopping with Pop Ups

By: Karen Dybis | October 18, 2019
Food Pop Ups

Photo Courtesy of Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery.

Sometimes, you get a craving for some crazy dish or one-of-a-kind food offering – and it is precisely the kind of dish that the average restaurant isn’t going to carry on its day-to-day menu. That is where the pop-up food scene is so genius.

Metro Detroit has a variety of food pop-up events, food trucks and occasional special scenes that allow people to try new dishes, explore cuisines of every country under the sun as well as sample new chefs who are exploring whether a concept has room to grow here. So it is worth supporting them with your bellies and your bucks.

These pop-up specials happen in some of the coolest places as well. Want to eat dumplings while enjoying a drink inside a large ceramic glass shaped like a buddha? Then you’ll want to check out Gajiza Dumplins at Lost River, which takes place every Sunday at the Mack Avenue hot spot in Detroit. Your taste buds will have a good time and your wallet will be happy as well.

For example, this Sunday, Lost River and Gajiza will have a special tribute to Bela Lugosi at the pop-up dinner. There will be drink specials, a special screening of the 1934 film “The Black Cat” and an appearance from Roland Remington, who performs mid-century tiki music on vintage melody percussion instruments.

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Here are some of the best pop-up places around Metro Detroit to try. Some are one-time events while others happen weekly or monthly. Always check in with the restaurant or location before arriving either by calling or checking their social media presence to make sure an event is taking place. No one wants you to go home hungry. 


An Edible Art Experience. You’ll need a ticket to get into this sold-out event this weekend, so look for some extras online or find a friend who has a spare seat. Artist Tyree Guyton and the head of the Heidelberg project Jenenne Whitfield will bring their artfully crafted burgers to this pop-up restaurant at the Heidelberg headquarters guest house on McDougall street. The burgers promise to be fresh, healthy and interesting to look at for sure. 

Street Beet Vegan and Gluten Free Cider and Donuts

 If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll enjoy these classic fall treats in a way that is plant focused. Street Beet, which is known for its plant-based pop-up menus, will be at Anthology Coffee on Division in Detroit Sunday morning to host the event. All of the donuts are 100 percent vegan, gluten free, nut free and soy free. There are a variety of beverages also available from hot or cold cider to coffee to pumpkin spiced lattes.

Gabriel Hall Brunch Pop-Up 

How could you resist an event that bills itself as “Brunch, Booze and Beignets”? Join Gabriel Hall, best known for its Creole-inspired eats, when it does a pop-up brunch Sunday morning at La Feria on Cass Avenue in Detroit. There also will be Bananas Foster French Toast, Beef Sausage Po Boys and much more to try.

Ruckus Taco Co. at Urbanrest 

Later in October, head to Ferndale and try some beer and tacos. Urbanrest is known for bringing in a variety of food trucks, pop-up experts and food purveyors of all kinds at its flexible space. This one promises you three things that are bound to make you and your friends very happy: Tacos, burritos and beer. 

Ackroyd’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop 

This November, 70-year-old Scottish bakery is popping up outside the Peacock Room in the Fisher Building for a festive afternoon of shopping, tea sipping, and scone sampling. Ackroyd’s imports hundreds of UK and Scottish specialty items just for the holidays, and will have unique gifts, holiday candies and chocolates, Dunoon mugs, and more available for sale on November 10.