Swap your cereal for banh mi at a Vietnamese breakfast pop-up in the South End

The one-time event is coming to Coppa on September 12.

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An Italian restaurant in the South End is opening early for breakfast on Thursday — but don’t expect to see cappuccinos and pastries on the menu.

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette — business partners behind the JK Food Group (Coppa, Little Donkey, and Toro) — are putting a spin on Coppa’s regular Better Bagels pop-up by adding Vietnamese breakfast dishes to the mix. On September 12 from 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., diners will be able to stop by the enoteca for a breakfast banh mi served on a bagel; pork and shrimp spring rolls; rice noodles with either broiled mackerel or lemongrass meatballs, pickles, and herbs; and two types of pho: pho ga (chicken pho) and pho ca (seafood pho).


It wouldn’t be a Vietnamese breakfast without Vietnamese iced coffee, and so Coppa will offer the sweet drink on the menu alongside hot chicory coffee and Thai iced tea. Fresh watermelon and honeydew juices will also be served.

Better Bagels, which has a brick-and-mortar location in the Seaport, will still be selling both its everything and plain bagels, as well as plain, scallion, and fish sauce caramel cream cheese.

Reservations aren’t needed for this pop-up — just come by for a bite, a drink, and a reminder that you might need to take a trip to Vietnam soon.

Vietnamese breakfast pop-up at Coppa; 253 Shawmut Ave., Boston; September 12 from 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m.; coppaboston.com/upcoming-events