Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday 5: Rob Sandberg of Pop's Poboys & Guerrilla Bar

The Champ is here! This week we get the dish from defending Pop-Up Champion, Rob Sandberg. The Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, who has worked in some of the top restaurants in Acadiana, can now be found slinging poboys from the kitchen of Pop's and you can find his small plate offerings at Guerrilla Bar, one of Lafayette's underground popups. See if Rob has what it takes to bring the belt home this Saturday at the Lord of the Cheese Grilled Cheese Throwdown. Until then, check out his favorite places in town.

1. Guilty Pleasure - Oh man, the sweets at Indulge are off the hook! Especially the Red Velvet Cake Shake. It's creamy, buttery and perfect for that extra weight gain in the mid-section. Great coffee, too! If you haven't yet, check them out on Kaliste Saloom and Camellia Blvd.

2. Favorite Dessert - Honestly, I don't really have a sweet tooth but the desserts at Social Southern Table & Bar by Brittany Waters are always on point. Desserts here are not overly sweet and perfect for my savory taste buds. So head over to Social and grab a seat at the bar!

3. Eating on the Cheap - Rouses Pizza! Best kept secret in town! You can buy a large pizza for as little as 7 bucks. Don't tell anyone.

4. Dining Solo - I have a soft spot for sandwiches and one of my favorites would be the Space Shuttle at Cedar Grocery on Jefferson Street. Pastrami, salami, ham, and mortadella are the meats on this animal, topped with melted provolone and spicy sauce. Do yourself a favor and order a side of Baba Ghanoush (similar to hummus but made with roasted eggplant) with extra pita bread, you'll need it. Make them a once a week stop and bring cash!

5. Late Night Hangout - One of the hippest places to go for a few cocktails and small plates would be Guerrilla Bar. Guerrilla Bar is a popup cocktail bar located at Pop's Poboys on selected Fridays and Saturdays. Libations by George King and small plates by me are a great way to start or end your night in Lafayette. Once a month you can attend a popup throw down at Pop's. I will be defending my title this Saturday in a proper grilled cheese cook-off at the Lord of the Cheese Grilled Cheese Throwdown. Come see me and vote wisely!

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