Say what you will about the pop-up concept; I’ll be happy to defend. Because for each and every flop, there is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing just waiting to wow. The pop-up ideal (in which a restaurant quite literally pops up for a day, a week, or a few months at a time) allows chefs to unleash their creativity in a way that they never would in a traditional restaurant. If it works, the chef finds him or her self in a better position to launch their next venture… if it doesn’t, they don’t.
This particular pop-up, set in the old Capri space on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, is so loved that it has extended its original lease and is reportedly in search of a permanent home… all for good reason. The evening we spent strolling the beach, watching the eclipse, listening to one of the biggest drum circles I’ve ever seen (I kind of love Venice), and sampling our fair share of the menu above was easily one of my favorites on this trip… and pretty high on the list of ever.