The pop-up is the latest in a long tradition of trends which attempt to subvert the tropes of the restaurant system. Following in the footsteps of revolutionaries like gourmet food trucks and frozen dinners, the goal is to provide restaurant-worthy dishes outside the standard rubric of the restaurant experience, and without all of its inherent hassle and pretension.
Regardless of their aim, though, the fact of the matter is that this city is crawling with pop-ups, and in an effort to help you decide which ones are worth the wait in line we bring you the first in a new series of occasional reports:
Rice Paper Scissors at Mojo Bicycle Café
The Pop-up: Rice Paper Scissors
The Host: Mojo Bicycle Café, every Thursday from around 6 until 10ish
The Cuisine: Vietnamese street and comfort food
The Experience: The first thing you'll notice at Rice Paper Scissors at Mojo is the parklet and the proliferation of red stools thereabouts.
That might be the precursor to the most prescient observation you'll make during your visit -- there are two vastly different experiences to be had here. When the weather is nice, the tables set on the wood planks protruding into busy Divisadero are inviting, somehow both secluded and the center of the party. On days like these, when the sun is still shining at 7 and your mind is pleasantly clouded by Death & Taxes, it almost wouldn't matter if the food wasn't great.
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