Food Halls in Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh's food scene? It's booming. 

Passionate mind and James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen was named national Chef of the Year by EaterGarland co-owner and chef Cheetie Kumar earned a raving piece in The New York Times; and Maggie Kane's A Place At The Table earned a feature on The TODAY Show thanks to the pay-what-you-can cafe's noble mission to provide the community healthy food for all.

What else is booming? Food halls. The trend to build massive venues that hold a large number of smaller restaurants—anchoring neighborhoods and shopping centers in urban areas across the U.S.—has officially landed in Raleigh, N.C., with Morgan Street Food Hall and Transfer Co. Food Hall exciting foodies all over the nation.
 

Morgan Street Food Hall

Morgan Street Food Hall, the highly-anticipated, multi-vendor food hall located in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District, opened in summer 2018 to great fanfare and was voted one of the top 10 best new food halls in the country in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards in Jan. 2019. The repurposed warehouse, measuring 22,000 square feet, provides residents, workers and visitors a unique dining experience from a wide variety of local chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors.

Oak City Fish Chips Morgan Street Food Hall

The first of its kind in Raleigh, the space features 20 culinary concepts ensconced in fully-outfitted spaces offering cooked-to-order meals, snacks and specialty foods like crepes, Thai rolled ice cream, bubble tea, lobster rolls, tacos and more, plus specialized retail carts selling packaged food and culinary-related items. The food hall is also home to a massive indoor/outdoor bar—The Arbor—with another smaller gin-focused bar set to open at a later date.

The outdoor space—which has plenty of tables, chairs, bar rails and a gorgeous set of string lights—has proven to be a super-popular hangout spot well into the evenings for family dinners, date nights and groups of friends getting their grub on.

Sassool Morgan Street Food Hall

The food vendors at Morgan Street—which include Carroll's Kitchen, a local, nonprofit, social enterprise cafe dedicated to ending homelessness for women; Iyla's Southern Kitchen, an immediate favorite for fried chicken and barbecue; Cow Bar, a new burger concept offering larger-than-life gourmet burgers and fries; and Sassool Select, a family-owned Lebanese and Mediterranean spot offering plenty of healthy options (plus many, many more)—have you covered from morning to evening. See the full list here

The opening is another accomplishment for Niall Hanley, owner of Hibernian Hospitality Group and brainchild behind the food hall as well as some of Raleigh's other boldest eating and drinking establishments, including Raleigh Beer Garden and Watts & Ward.


 

Transfer Co. Food Hall

Transfer Co. Food Hall, a food hall and market housed in a 43,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in downtown Raleigh's Olde East neighborhood (just a few minutes on foot from the North Carolina State Capitol), saw its first vendors begin to open to the public in early 2019. 

Transfer Co. Food Hall

Benchwarmers Bagels

Locals Oyster Bar

More vendors—including Dank Burrito, named National Food Truck Rookie of the Year in 2014—are expected to open in late winter or spring of 2019. Videri Chocolate Factory, already with one storefront in downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District, plans to build out a facility that allows larger production capacity as well as an event space and test kitchen. 

Future plans also call for a community-oriented grocery store and outdoor plaza. 

Photos courtesy Transfer Co. Food Hall