Food halls are all the rage in big cities across the country these days, and there is even talk of one coming to little ole Pensacola, FL (could we get that lucky!!). Of course, the food hall concept is really nothing new - think modern-day food court with better food from local restaurants.
Earlier this week I visited two Atlanta food halls that are fairly new to scene. Both Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market opened in 2014, and both are in repurposed buildings filled with charm and history. Krog St. Market is located in Inman Park in a building that was originally home to the Atlanta Stove Works (and more recently Tyler Perry's studio), while Ponce City Market, a much larger venue that contains retail, food and housing, is in the Sears, Roebuck & Co building in the Old Fourth Ward.
Krog Street Market
The old warehouse that houses Krog Street Market has a really cool vibe that adds to the whole experience. Once inside the building, the vendors include a meat market, a bakery, a craft beer store, a BBQ joint, an ice cream shop among others. All of these places are grab and go with a central seating area near the entrance.
Superica - Krog Street Market
After wandering around Krog Street Market for a little bit, we ducked into Superica for a late lunch. I'm a little obsessed with Mexican food, so this place has been on my list to try, and it did not disappoint! The warm chips, served with two salsas, are worth a visit all by themselves. Superica is under the same roof as the rest of the grab-n-go spots throughout the market, but it is a self-contained restaurant complete with its own bar and even a private dining area.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is housed the massive old Sears, Roebuck & Co building on major roadway Ponce de Leon Avenue. In addition to the take-out restaurants, there are many well-known retailer such as J Crew and Williams-Sonoma.
My five reasons to love Atlanta food halls are simply:
1. Fresh, creative and diverse food offerings under one roof.
2. Superica - An inspired creation by Chef Ford Fry (of St. Cecelia fame) and Chef Kevin Maxey
3. Double chocolate sea salt cookies from Little Tart Bakeshop
4. H&F Burger - Anyone who has been to a Braves game knows the greasy goodness of an H&F burger
5. King of Pops - enough said!