Seven Twin Cities food halls to check out in 2023
Despite initial pandemic setbacks, the Twin Cities has become a hotspot for food halls.
Flashback: The Cities were on the verge of a food-hall awakening when the pandemic struck, shutting existing halls down and delaying the opening of new ones.
- But since 2019, nearly half a dozen of the food court-esque spaces opened across Minneapolis and St. Paul — and more are on the way.
Here's a guide on what to check out.
Midtown Global Market
The food hall before food halls were cool. The Lake Street market has 15+ restaurants serving local and international cuisine, plus a variety of retail shops with goods from around the globe.
Keg & Case Market
The St. Paul hall was one of the first on the scene when it opened in 2018. It's since cycled through plenty of vendors, but currently hosts Clutch Brewing Company, coffee shop Five Watt, a few restaurants and several retail stands.
Graze Provisions + Libations
The two-story food hall in North Loop was only open six months when the pandemic hit, but quickly became a buzzed-about hangout.
- The lineup features James Beard-nominated Union Hmong Kitchen, Soul Bowl, Avocadish and multiple bars.
North Loop Galley
Though it opened just three months after Graze, the four-stall food hall already launched breakout hit Wrecktangle, a Detroit-style pizzeria with big thick square pieces.
- The restaurant has since opened two other locations and won Good Morning America's Best Pizza in America competition.
The Market at Malcolm Yards
Located across from the landmark "United Crushers" Grain elevator, this enormous food hall brought life to a largely-empty area of Prospect Park when it opened in mid-2021.
- The nine food vendors include ice cream and burger stand Bebe Zito, Wrecktangle, Bagu Sushi and Joey Meatballs; the hall also has a bar and large self-pour beer tap wall.
Rosedale Center ditched its traditional food court for a hall in 2019. Concepts change often, but the current roster features Smack Shack, salad spot Salad Slayer, OG ZAZA and dessert stand B&E Sweets by Diane.
Eat Street Crossing
The Twin Cities' newest hall, located at the south end of Nicollet Avenue, was created by the people behind Bebe Zito and Zen Box Izakay and opens March 4.
- All six concepts are owned by the two families, including a new Brazilian pizzeria and ramen shop.
Another much-anticipated food hall, curated by Andrew Zimmern, was supposed to open in downtown Minneapolis Dayton's Project in 2020.
- Construction is "80% complete," according to a November 2022 article by Twin Cities Business, but updates have been scarce.
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