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Five Upcoming Dallas Pop-Up Dinners To Get Excited About

Not every great restaurant has a permanent home.

Scenes from last month's Dallas Supper Club, a members-only pop-up featuring Dallas' best chefs.
Scenes from last month's Dallas Supper Club, a members-only pop-up featuring Dallas' best chefs.
Robert Bostick

Pop-up dinners haven’t exactly hit peak popularity in Dallas in the way that they have in other cities, but there are still plenty of chefs who are cooking up creative dishes outside of the traditional restaurant setting.

Ever since Chef David Temple settled into Twenty Seven in Deep Ellum and Cafe Momentum found a permanent home downtown, the Dallas pop-up scene has been a little sparse. With the exception of former MasterChef contestants Ben Starr and Jennie Kelley’s wildly-popular Frank. underground dinners, most of Dallas’ pop-up dinners are one-offs, spontaneous collaborations between friendly chefs.

Now, pop-up dinners are starting to become more common. Put these five new Dallas and Fort Worth pop-up concepts on your radar, and expect more out-of-the-box offerings in the coming months.

Have a favorite pop-up dinner that didn’t make the list? Drop it in the comments or hit up the tipline.

Wabi House & Monkey King Noodle Co.

Wabi House

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Wabi House's Chef Dien Nguyen will team up with Monkey King Noodle Co.’s Andrew Chen for the first of many pop-ups. Chen and Nguyen will collaborate on small plates, ramen, and desserts, all with "lucky" prices, from $8-$11. Wabi House will host the inaugural pop-up on February 8 from 5-10 p.m.

Whisk Crepes Cafe at Veritas Wine Room

Whisk Crepe Cafe

Veritas Wine Room frequently plays home to pop-up dinners, and the latest from Whisk Crepes Cafe’s Julien Eelsen will showcase his traditional and non-traditional (like prosciutto-cantaloupe) crepes. Eelsen invades Veritas Wine Room on Sunday, January 31 from 5-8 p.m. Crepes are priced from $5 to $11, depending on fillings and toppings.

Dallas Supper Club

Each month, one of Dallas’ finest chefs (previous guests have included Misti Norris, and John Tesar) creates a super-secret menu for this members-only dining club. Most Dallas Supper Club events sell out in minutes, including next month’s Canapes & Wine event on February 25. Tickets for the March DSC gathering go on sale February 26.

Image credit: Robert Bostick

Savor Patisserie

Online pastry queen Kelli Watts brings her rave-worthy macarons to The Shops at Park Lane just in time for Valentine’s Day. The pop-up location, open from January 20-February 20, will allow the online bakery to gauge interest for a permanent home. Savor Patisserie's temporary home is located in Suite 135 at The Shops, next to Zyn22.

Image credit: Savor Patisserie/Facebook

Chef Tim Love's Pop-Up Dinner Series

Tim Love

Chef Tim Love will step away from his restaurants and reality TV career to push his culinary boundaries through four pop-up dinners, each influenced by a different global cuisine. The first, the Italian-inspired Ufficio, starts tonight, but is sold out. If you weren't lucky enough to snag tickets, expect announcements from Love on the next three dinners in the coming weeks.

Image credit: Chef Tim Love

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