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Favorite East Austin bar and patio dishes up cool culinary pop-ups

Favorite East Austin bar and patio dishes up cool culinary pop-ups

Kitty Cohen's Austin bar outdoor patio pool
Kitty Cohen's hosts weekly culinary pop-ups.  Photo by Nicole Raney

Just over a year old, slinky dive bar Kitty Cohen’s has garnered quite the following, but the food might be its best-kept secret. This East Austin hangout boasts a rotating calendar of culinary pop-up events, with a lineup of regular purveyors and special guests just as alluring as Kitty’s playful and offbeat personality.

From Cambodian food to Dutch desserts, Kitty's got you covered. Splash in the wade pool and rendezvous over tiki-inspired beverages, or enjoy your meal inside the cocktail lounge, where you’ll feel like you just set foot into a 1970s Palm Beach bungalow, complete with popcorn ceilings, a baby grand piano, and flamingo wall paper in the powder room. Prices are reasonable, too. Expect to dine for $10 or less. 

Here's a look at the tasty pop-ups to sample at Kitty Cohen's: 

Pranom Pop-up
Chef Dream Kasestatad, a seasoned pop-up star with four cross-country food tours under his belt, has made a name for himself in the Austin scene with Pranom Pop-up. You can savor more of Southeast Asia with his Thai street food staples like pad prik king, crispy pork belly fried rice, tom kha gai, and pad see ew. And lucky for you, you can wine down your Wednesday with $1 off glasses and $10 off bottles until close. Wednesdays, 5 to 9 pm.

Tison's Comfortable Provisions
If you want to ditch the utensils, Tison's Comfortable Provisions serves approachable “chargrilled specialties” — artisan sausages and bratwursts with signature sauces and toppings. Fridays, 7 to 11 pm.

Mama Kongs Cambodian Soul Foods
Spearheaded by an ex school teacher and former NYC ad man, Mama Kongs Cambodian Soul Food whips up traditional and fusion comfort dishes a couple times a month. Second and fourth Saturdays, 4 to 7 pm. 

Special pop-ups
An homage to Austin favorites, you can also find Grita Taco Pop-Up and Seed Catering Vegan Pop-Up on the docket for September 3 and 10, respectively. A Stroopclub waffle pop-up is slated for September 30.