The South's 14 must-visit food halls

Here's a list of the best food halls around, if you find yourself in the South and in need of a bite to eat.

According to backers of the proposed Uptown Urban Market in Dallas, “a food hall is a clustering of ‘the best of class’ from local chefs and restaurateurs in smaller food stalls in more open spaces – kind of like an upscale food court. Limited menu offerings, cutting edge trends, diversity in flavors and items that are easy to grab on the run, eat quickly in a community seating environment, or take back to your apartment, home or condo. Typically, these food halls are found in high density urban areas with strong residential demographics offering meals, beverages, or bites for all times of the day, accentuating high quality food at much lower prices than traditional restaurants are able to provide in a setting designed for today’s lifestyle.”

Here’s 14 already operating across the South.

Central Food Hall, Ponce City Market

Atlanta, GA

At the heart of Ponce City Market, a former Sears, Roebuck & Company warehouse, the Central Food Hall is becoming the most vibrant food hall and market in the Southeast. James Beard Award-winning chefs the likes of Anne Quatrano, Linton Hopkins, and Sean Brock join Atlanta’s most exciting young purveyors and restauranteurs to offer everything from Georgia and Carolinas-caught seafood, to classic burgers, cold-pressed juice, and locally-made kimchee and Korean steamed buns.

Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30308


Houston, TX (The Conservatory)

Featuring 250 seats, food vendors and a beer garden with more than 60 taps, Houston’s first curated food hall is the only one on this list that’s underground. Located in the basement space of the former 1930s Isis Theatre, the 7,500-square feet hall is home to four food vendors dishing out crêpes, ramen & more.

The Conservatory 1010 Prairie St Houston, TX 77002