What to Order at the First Full-Service Food Hall
The main draw of a food hall is typically the diverse line-up of fast-casual eats and drinks in one spot. But long lines and coordinating wait times with friends ordering from different vendors can be challenging — and doesn’t always make for a pleasant dining experience.
The Hall on Franklin aims to change that. The country’s first full-service food hall opened in Tampa, Florida, offering tasty options from top local chefs and mixologists, along with with the ease of sit-down service.
With its European-inspired design, the collective eatery invites guests to order off iPads, be waited on by staff, and hang out in the comfy lounge and bar areas (bonus: there’s shuffleboard).
Seven top-notch food and beverage vendors are serving up an impressive assortment of deliciousness. A few of our top picks:
Heights Melts: We’re all about the tempting selection of all-day breakfast fare (we are far from over the #avotoast craze), savory sandwiches, and cheesy melts here.
North Star Eatery: Bao down to this menu of awesome Asian eats including sticky bun sliders, Korean-spiced wings, bánh mì sandos, and flavor-packed pork ramen.
Heights Fish Camp: Fried gator bites are a must-try when in the Sunshine State. The grouper BLT, fried lobster lollipops, and selection of freshly-shucked oysters are also a sure bet.
Bake ‘n Babes: Sweets lovers will delight in this spot’s scrumptious baked goods and milkshakes like the rum-spiked José Gaspar or signature Babe Shake made with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, and a big Belgian waffle topper. Don’t miss the homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice cream either.
The Collection: Run, don’t walk, here to order the Truffle Gibson Martini made with Tito’s, vermouth, and rare black truffles that are foraged exclusively for The Collection from Alba, Italy. Or belly up for any of the bar’s expertly-crafted cocktails. Cheers!
In addition to satisfying your flavor curiosity, you can also purchase anything from the entire Hall on Franklin experience—from the crafted tables and leather sofas to the specialty tiles and shimmering crystal chandeliers. How cool is that?
Seems like this hall has it all.