Pop-Up Planner: The Best Temporary Restaurants, Nov. 26-Dec. 2
Wikimedia Commons Ethiopian empress Tayitu inspires a pop-up restaurant at the Guest Chef this week.
Where: The Guest Chef, 5337 College Ave., Oakland; (510) 658-7378
When: Nov. 27-Dec. 9; open Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 5:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $8-17 (menu items available à la carte)
The rundown: Tayitu is the name of a 19th century Ethiopian empress and a title that Salome Haileleoul has selected to represent her pop-up of family recipes. She'll offer a large menu at North Oakland's Guest Chef that includes traditional offerings such as beef kitfo and (steak tartare) and chicken doro wot (stew). There are five vegan options as well as the choice to try them all in a combo platter.
Truck Stop Cafe
Where: Truck, 1900 Folsom (at 15th St.), 255-0306
When: Wed., Nov. 28, 6-10 p.m.
Cost: $5-14 (menu items available à la carte)
The rundown: Watch Liz & Dick one more time, slather on some White Diamonds perfume, and saunter down to the gay bar to enjoy a fanciful interpretation of the last meal of murderer Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who kidnapped and killed the Lindbergh baby in 1932: Chicken chili cheese fries, olives and caper relish, snap peas, and chocolate cake with Amarena cherries. Other items this week include a meatloaf sandwich with carrot smear and spicy chickpeas, grilled cheese with chevre and fennel, and lamb cottage pie with celery root and rye crisp. Chef Jake Godby, who daylights as owner of Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, hosts this twisted celebration (which recurs at least once a month), so there's also some great happy endings in the form of "Red Hot" banana cupcakes and bourbon and Coke floats with chocolate chip cookies.
Sheba DiningWhere: Clarion Hotel, 371 13th St., Oakland; (510) 326-9101
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-11 p.m.
Cost: $5-20 (menu items available à la carte)
The rundown: Furthering the East Bay's exposure to Ethiopian food is this weekly pop-up from Sheba, a catering company that also sells staples like lentils and injera to local grocery stores. Sheba also sticks with traditional dishes and includes three vegan options.