You might not know it yet, but by the end of 2018, downtown Houston will be knee-deep in food halls. What are they? Palatial spaces with common seating, lined with restaurant counters and bars—like fancier mall food courts. Here are the major players:
- What: Houston's first food hall, literally located underground, with 100-plus beers on tap
- Where: 1010 Prairie St.
- Food: Pho, poke, barbecue, crepes
- Must-Try: The Pho Spot and its righteous broth
- FYI: It's open until 2 a.m. on weekends
- Opens: Already did, in 2016
Bravery Chef Hall
- What: 9,000 square feet of chef-run counters and bars (three of them) from the Conservatory team
- Where: Aris Market Square, 409 Travis St.
- Food: Vietnamese pub grub, ranch-to-table wood-fired steaks, pasta, coastal Latin
- Must-Try: The first eatery, Blind Goat, from 2012 MasterChef winner Christine Ha
- FYI: Expect new concepts from chefs Ben McPherson (Krisp) and David Guerrero (Andes Café), and rancher Felix Florez (Black Hill Meats).
- Opens: Sometime this summer
- What: A $58 million, 31,000-square-foot space housing 24 tenants and a speakeasy
- Where: Lyric Centre Parking Garage, 411 Smith St.
- Food: Global cuisines, from Tel Aviv to Spain
- Must-Try: Clark Cooper Concepts will offer a cocktail bar and do tapas and paella.
- FYI: Comes with 700 parking spots!
- Opens: Fall 2018
- What: A 20,000-square-foot hall featuring 10 big Houston names and two bars
- Where: The Jones on Main, 712 Main St.
- Food: Vietnamese, Korean, Mediterranean, Sichuan, American, coffee
- Must-Try: Amaya's affogato—Fat Cat ice cream doused in espresso
- FYI: Confirmed: New offerings behind Harold's, Mala Sichuan, Love Buzz, Dish Society, Goode Co., and more
- Opens: Mid-2018
Food Hall at Capitol Tower
- What: The hall will be part of the eco-friendly skyscraper's two-level atrium
- Where: 800 Capitol St.
- Food: Fresh, chef-driven eats are promised.
- Must-Try: Vendors currently unknown.
- FYI: The hall will connect to the tunnels and do both lunch and dinner.
- Opens: 2019