Review: Pop Up General Store

Update: Pop Up General Store is no longer operating.

4629 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609

Question: What’s magically delicious, obsession-inducingly fleeting, and the foodie version of the flash mob? Answer: Oakland’s Pop-Up General Store, a semi-regular gourmet foods market that crops up in the gorgeous red-brick Grace Street Catering building  a couple times a month.

The brainchild of super chefs Samin Nosrat and Christopher Lee (both trained at the famed Chez Panisse) the Pop Up General Store brings you all the Bay Area’s “it” foods without the “it” waiting lists (and even at lower than “it” prices). From Stock up on handmade heritage pork gyoza from Peko Peko, quality meats from Soul Food Farm, and pie from Little Bee Baking. The freshest in produce, artisan preserves, and delightful entrees for enjoying at home… all here, all highly coveted.

Join the general store’s mailing list to stay in the know about its “pop-ups.” Then you can order ahead and pick up the day of, or show up and shop directly from the stalls. Either way you’re in for a treat.

Read about more pop-up restaurants in the Bay Area.

Take BART to the McArthur Station. Walk to Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 40th Street, and take bus number 18 toward Albany. Get off at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 47th Street.

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