The Pop Up: A Unique New Way to Eat & Drink in Miami

Tired of eating at the same old restaurants? Are you looking for something new to spice up your taste buds? If the answer is yes, I have some great news for you! There’s a new trend in the Miami food scene, and that is the emergence of underground restaurants opening up all over the city. In the foodie world, they are known as “pop-up restaurants”.

This new food craze has been popular in big metropolitan areas, like LA and New York City. The first pop-up restaurant in Miami was not introduced until late last year with the opening of Phuc Yea. The idea behind a pop-up restaurant is to give highly skilled chefs the opportunity to showcase their passion and culinary talent in a short period of time. The pop-up restaurants have no formal address; they find their venue at either empty warehouses or existing restaurants which transform into their temporary culinary haven. These restaurants can open anywhere from a few weeks to a few months in hope of building enough exposure to open a permanent space of their own.

It is a way for chefs to play with their creativity and have the freedom to experiment new dishes. It’s adventurous and fun not only for the chef, but for the foodies that love to try new things. The best part of this pop-up concept is these chefs can take these risks without the stress of investing loads and loads of money that is typically required to open and run a successful restaurant. They have a clean kitchen to cook in and are provided with a staff of waiters and waitress, the chef is only responsible for supplying the ingredients.

The concept behind the pop-up restaurant is so fresh it has spread like wild fire. Phuc Yea, opened by Aneice Meinhold, Alejandro Oritz and Head Chef Cesar Zapata, served Vietnamese inspired dishes. With the power of word of mouth and social media, Phuc Yea had lines of people waiting outside every night eager to try Cesar Zapata’s culinary skills. If you did not have the chance to check out Phuc Yea, no worries you can find them at their permanent location, The Federal.

Pop-ups aren’t limited to culinary talent, it can be a great opportunity for expert mixologists to showcase their craft in creating unique well balanced alcoholic drinks. So it’s no surprise that cocktail pop up bars soon followed! Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi were the masterminds behind the creation of the delicious cocktails found at the Broken Shaker, Miami’s first pop up bar. A top notch quality bar that served old school classic cocktails. It had a speakeasy feel to it – perfect for those who enjoy fine crafted drinks. So all of you cocktail lovers, be on the lookout for the next pop up bar, it’s a scene you don’t want to miss.

Giorgio Rapicavolli, winner of Food Network’s Chopped, opened Miami’s second pop-up restaurant along with Alex Casanova. The Eating House quickly became a crowd favorite with his specialty dishes. Café Ponce by day, Eating House by night. Four of the eight Collective Plate foodies had the pleasure to dine in on Eating House’s last Sunday Brunch. It was definitely not the brightest idea to wait until the last Sunday to check out the buzz, but it was a definite treat!

Check out the slideshow to see what we thought! Remember, bigger is better – enlarge for a more awesome viewing experience!

With this pop-up movement, foodies are able to indulge in tantalizing feasts prepared by highly skilled chefs. So what will it be next, a pop up restaurant or bar? I would love to see a pop-up bakery next to satisfy my sweet tooth.


Eating House
Cafe Ponce
804 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
+Facebook // @eating_house


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Categories: A Full Plate, Chefs + Food Personalities, Restaurant Reviews


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