5 Pop-Up Take-Out Spots in L.A. to Find on Instagram

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Courtesy of Bridgetown; JARD FOODS

Calabama hot sauce; Bridgetown Roti’s fish cakes.

With indoor service still a nonstarter and many diners loath to step onto crowded patios, ad hoc eats are enjoying a boom — and these five pop-ups, propelled by Instagram drops, are leading the way.

BRIDGETOWN ROTI Chef Rashida Holmes is earning raves for her curated menu of handheld West Indies eats. On Fridays and Saturdays (dinner and lunch) and Sundays (lunch only), Bridgetown prepares patties (savory stuffed pastries) and roti wraps out of downtown commissary Crafted Kitchen. Do not skimp on the homemade sauces. @BRIDGETOWN_ROTI

CALABAMA An early lockdown viral hit, Cara Haltiwanger's move to sell breakfast sandwiches from her East Hollywood fire escape (via a bucket!) got her a mention on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She sells out every Sunday, while her titular hot sauce goes for $11 online. @CALABAMA

CARLA CAFE Tech startup alum Avi Ahdoot started selling sandwiches out of his home in May before expanding operations to Sunset Strip club Bootsy Bellows. Now he's churning out his viral ciabatta creations (like the garlic aioli chicken and the tuna chop) three times a week. @CARLACAFELA

FRIED CHICKEN KOMPANY Running monthly out of the parking lot at West Hollywood's Delilah, h.wood group managing partner Adam Koral's pop-up is deep frying shatteringly crispy cuts of brined bird for a limited number of preorders. @FRIED_CHICKEN_KO

KUYA LORD Bestia alum Lord Maynard Llera is cooking takeout from his native Philippines out of his house in La Cañada Flintridge. There's no set schedule or menu, but pancit chami (thick noodles topped with pork belly) and Filipino barbecue chicken are popular choices when Llera announces service. @KUYALORD_LA

This story first appeared in the Nov. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.