Great Food Halls from Coast to Coast
These prepared-food meccas across the nation serve up some of the best bites the local food scenes have to offer.
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One Space, Many Concepts
Food halls aren’t just for Europeans anymore. These massive, multiconcept spaces are popping up at rapid speed across the country. From prepared-food meccas to launching pads for chefs' new concepts, food halls are a must-visit to experience the local food scene. Watch butchers break down a cut of meat, sniff your way through a world of spices and munch on globally inspired cuisine. Here are 17 new and historic spots worth exploring to sample the best bites each city has to offer.
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Atlanta: Ponce City Market
Chicago’s newest food hall brings a taste of Latin America to the Midwest via acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval. The bright, colorful and festive space has 12 food stations representing various parts of Latin America, such as a Mexican taqueria and a Peruvian chaufa station, and serving ensaladas, ceviche and much more. In addition to the quick-service stands there is a sit-down tapas restaurant, Pata Negra, courtesy of Iron Chef Jose Garces. The marketplace also brings a myriad of food items and sundries sourced directly from Latin America that the team has carefully curated in their travels to the area.
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Cleveland: West Side Market
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Denver: Avanti Food & Beverage
Denver recently jumped into the food hall game with a converted-warehouse building concept that co-founder Patrick O’Neill refers to as a “restaurant incubator.” “We really want chefs to come in, test out a new concept and after a year or two go on to open their own brick-and-mortar spot,” says O’Neill. The current seven concepts — which are housed in old shipping containers — include beautifully plated Mediterranean tapas with Mexican flair at BIXO and Venezuelan arepas from Quiero Arepas, a spinoff of the well-known food truck with delicious offerings. As for brews, check out the state’s largest selection of Dogfish Head craft beer at either of the two bars — one on the inside and one on a rooftop deck with killer views of the city.
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Los Angeles: Grand Central Market
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Los Angeles: Stir Market
Napa: Oxbow Public Market
New Orleans: St. Roch Market
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New York City: Gotham West Market
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Orlando, Fla.: East End Market
Orlando may be known best for its theme parks, but it’s also home to one of Central Florida’s most-important food hubs, East End Market. Not only can visitors find fresh pasta, local cheese and bread still warm from the oven, but they can also take on-site classes in topics like gardening or chocolate making. Favorite vendors include Kappo, a traditional Japanese spot using local Florida ingredients, and Houndstooth Sauce Company, best known for their white and red barbecue sauces that are slathered on sandwiches or available for retail purchase. The two-story space has also become a launch pad for burgeoning food entrepreneurs in Central Florida: There’s an on-site incubator kitchen that serves as a space for growing food businesses to get an affordable start whether they are interested in catering, cooking or canning.
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Philadelphia: Reading Terminal
Portland, Ore.: Pine Street Market
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San Diego: Liberty Public Market
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San Francisco: Ferry Building
Built in 1898 for travel via ferry, this San Francisco mainstay now houses some of the best cuisine the Bay City has to offer on the inside, and one of the best farmers markets around at its doorstep. Grab a Blue Bottle coffee and sample your way through the many market stalls, which include cheese haven Cow Girl Creamery and unique ice cream connoisseur Humphry Slocombe. Or perhaps forage your way through the mushroom selection at Far West Fungi or grab a few oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. Nationally acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant The Slanted Door anchors the market and is a perfect spot to spend a few hours winding down the evening.
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Seattle: Pike Place Market
Washington D.C.: Union Market
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