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Your Guide to All the Food Halls Opening Downtown This Year

Downtown Houston will soon be knee-deep in food halls. These are the ones we know about so far.

By Gwendolyn Knapp June 22, 2018 Published in the July 2018 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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:

Conservatory

  • 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

Where Finn Hall will be.

Lyric Market

  • 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

Finn Hall

  • 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
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