Pop-Ups and Special Dinners: Grasshopper at Naked Kitchen, Hiroo Nagahara at Parallel 37, Mexican at Firehouse 8


An okonomiyaki sandwich from a previous Grasshopper pop-up. Photo courtesy Grasshopper.


The carnitas taco from Diablo Grill. Photo from Facebook.


The one and only Jonny Becklund. Photo courtesy Mr. Pollo.

~NAKED LUNCH~ will be hosting chef Natalie Nesbit (she worked at Zinnia, Oliveto, and Café Majestic previously) and her pop-up Grasshopper on Sunday June 23rd, from 5pm-10pm. Her Asian-influenced menu includes chicken tsukune and mushroom “zombies” (stuffed buns named after an East Bay lunchroom staple). Check out the full lineup here. Dishes will be served à la carte, like a bar menu, with no reservations. 504 Broadway St. at Kearny, 415-577-4951.

Also on Sunday June 23rd, catch a pop-up at ~PARALLEL 37~ from chef Hiroo Nagahara of the Chairman Truck. Nagahara and Parallel 37 chef Michael Rotondo worked together at Charlie Trotter’s and have teamed up to bring a six-course dinner with Asian and modernist influences. The dinner costs $100 per person, with optional drink pairing for $70 (gratuity not included). Dinner begins at 6:30pm, and reservations can be made by calling 415-773-6168.

It looks like there are two new pop-ups happening at ~FIREHOUSE 8~ in Russian Hill, and both are of a Mexican persuasion. First up, there’s Diablo Grill on Fridays from 6pm-10pm. They’re slinging goods like lamb adobada or braised pork tacos; check out a recent menu here. On Saturdays, you can score burritos from The Burr-Eatery from 10am-2:30pm. 1648 Pacific Ave. at Polk, 415-890-4800.

Go ahead and chalk this one up as hilarious and awesome. And, shall we say, sack-tastic. Chef Jonny Becklund at ~MR. POLLO~ is celebrating Pride on Thursday June 27th with a very special Balls Deep dinner. He’ll be doing a four-course testicle dinner (ballsy!) for $35 per person, and there are two seatings: one at 6pm and another at 8pm. So, that pretty much speaks for itself. Reservations can be made by calling 860-912-9168. 2823 Mission St. at 24th St.