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8 Texas food halls that celebrate the state’s diversity

Lyric Market spans an entire city block in Houston and features 8 chef-driven concepts, including chef Monica Landry’s 1929 Po-Boy Kitchen and chef Ivy Stark’s Mexology. Photo by Mikah Danae; Lyric Market; Houston

When you and your fellow diners can’t agree on a restaurant, food halls sure come in handy. The ultimate definition of “something for everyone,” food halls provide options to satisfy the pickiest palates and particular cravings.

This popular concept typically features assorted take-away café counters assembled under one roof. You might find Asian, Mexican, Southern, African, burgers, seafood, sweets, coffee, and cocktails side by side. Grab what you like and meet your party at a centrally located table—and everybody’s happy. Here’s where to find delicious dishes at food halls across Texas.


1. Fareground

A couple of burgers, chips, and crispy sweet potatoes on a paper-lined tray

Burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, house-made chips, and crispy sweet potatoes from Henbit in Austin's Fareground. Photo courtesy Fareground Austin

Fareground has 6 eateries on the underground level of a downtown office building. You’ll find communal tables throughout, high tops in the hall, and more seating in the lobby, outdoor patio, and lawn areas.

This food hall opened as a way to allow restaurateurs a chance to experiment. TLV serves Israeli street foods like marinated chickpeas with tahini and green chile sauce; falafel plates; and fire-roasted eggplant. At Taco Pegaso, order Oaxacan-inspired carne asada tacos and the chicken tinga bowl. At Henbit, try the double 44 Farms burger and the kale-avocado salad.

2. Main Streat by H-E-B

Chef Tiffany Derry working behind the ocunter at the Roots Chicken Shak stall

Main Streat by H-E-B features a handful of casual spots, including Roots Chicken Shak from celebrity chef Tiffany Derry (pictured). Photo by Kevin Marple

Newest in town, Main Streat by H-E-B presents 5 casual spots and a full bar in the bustling Mueller area. Dallas celebrity chef Tiffany Derry’s Roots Chicken Shak puts Southern charm on the menu with duck fat–fried chicken on buns, biscuits, and salads.

Tiffany Derry mixing ingredients in a metal bowl

Roots Chicken Shak owner Tiffany Derry. Photo by Kevin Marple

Neighboring True Texas BBQ specializes in brisket, burnt ends, ribs, and pulled pork. Next to that, find grilled shrimp skewers on a hearty salad bowl or yakisoba noodles with stir-fried veggies and beef at Yumai Japanese Grill.

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3. Harvest Hall

Harvest Hall

Designed to resemble an old railroad station, Grapevine's Harvest Hall is a mixed-use complex featuring globally inspired cuisine from Southern comfort food to Vietnamese home cooking. Photo courtesy Harvest Hall

Anchoring the southern end of beautiful old Main Street, Harvest Hall at the grand Hotel Vin serves as a gateway to the adjacent picturesque train station near DFW Airport. Designed in the romantic style of America’s 19th-century rail stations, Harvest Hall arranges its diverse food vendors at stalls around a central bar area.

Perch on barstools or sit at tables situated across vintage tile floors. Enjoy Easy Slider’s mini-burgers and loaded tater tots; Monkey King Noodle Company’s soup dumplings and dan dan noodles with pork ragù; and Spuntino’s fried calamari with crushed pistachios and linguine Bolognese. For that sweet tooth, check out the raspberry mousse cake and the matcha latte from Main Line Coffee Bar.


4. Post Market

Diners lounging on barstools at Post Market

Post Market is chock-full of eateries helmed by award-winning chefs and sommeliers, including James Beard Award–winner Paul Qui and Mark Bright from San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Saison. Photo courtesy Post Houston

The Bayou City claims the lion’s share of food halls in Texas. Post Market downtown offers more than 30 concepts with food from around the world. It stars menus from James Beard Award–winning chefs. The venue is the site of the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office. The property's 1.1 million-square-foot spread includes an urban rooftop park and a sustainable organic farm.

Tempting spots include Golfstrømmen, with its stone crab claws, fruit de mer platter, lobster salad, and whole red snapper. Island Vybez Bodega offers Caribbean specialties like jerk chicken empanadas, braised oxtail over coconut rice, and virgin mojitos. South American–style Andes Café has an 8-seat ceviche bar and grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce.

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5. Railway Heights Market

Art pieces fill the walls at Railway Heights Market

Railway Heights Market showcases local artists and ethnic cuisines, including Indian samosas and Peruvian-Japanese fish and chips. Photo courtesy Houston First

Another Houston favorite, the beautiful Railway Heights Market combines the city’s passion for showcasing local artists with its hunger for ethnic foods.

Mykuna merges Latin and Asian influences in dishes like pork belly bao buns, Peruvian-Japanese fish-and-chips, and chicken yakitori anticucho skewers. At Samosa Haus, Indian street food includes samosas with vegetarian or meat fillings.

6. Lyric Market

Newest is Lyric Market in the Theater District. Its 8 eateries include Mexology, a New York City import with a menu featuring vegan quesadillas, tacos made with gluten-free tortillas, and roasted chicken-mole enchiladas. Horu Sushi Kitchen offers its ahi tuna tower, Nashville hot chicken roll, and salmon poke bowl. Press Waffle Company quickly became famous for its sweet and savory waffle specialties.

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7. Legacy

Legacy is the largest food hall in the DFW area. The modern, 3-story space has about 20 food stalls and 5 full-service bars. Offerings include the original Roots Chicken Shak, noted for the Spicy Bird, a towering sandwich combining a plump, fried chicken breast with kale salad, pepper jack cheese, pickle, tomato, red onion, and kimchi mayo on a sweet potato bun.

Other favorites include Dock Local, with its authentic Connecticut lobster roll, New England clam chowder, and hot crab queso with house-made chips for dipping; and The Italian Job, specializing in truffle mushroom pizza with arugula, and penne topped with fresh marinara and meatballs.

Looking for something sweet to finish your meal? Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream Company is beloved for its brownie à la mode and its adult milkshakes, such as the salted caramel spiked with a shot of bourbon.

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8. Food Hall at Bottling Department

Food Hall at Bottling Department

Food Hall at Bottling Department is in the refurbished 1886 Pearl Brewery's old bottling site. Photo courtesy Food Hall at Bottling Department

Alamo City’s ultimate food hall resides within the ultra-cool, refurbished Pearl Brewery. The Food Hall at Bottling Department is built on the 1886 brewery’s old bottling site. Rebuilt after a 2004 fire, the bottling building’s cornerstones and stone nameplates were saved and are featured in today’s food hall.

Diners waiting at tables and the counter surrounding Tenko Ramen

Tenko Ramen at the Food Hall at Bottling Department serves shoyu and miso ramen, as well as a brothless mazeman and chicken katsu sandwich. Photo courtesy Food Hall at Bottling Department

The front lawn acts as a picnic area, occasional yoga space, and children’s play area, and there’s plentiful indoor seating at high-top tables, customary 4-tops, and bars. All are perfect for enjoying plates from the 6 counters.

Couple walking toward Park Bar

Photo courtesy Food Hall at Bottling Department

Chilaquil Mexican Street Food offers a seasonal fideo soup and chilaquiles topped with eggs. WonderSlice’s pizzas range from traditional pepperoni to an inspired ricotta-spinach pie. Mi Roti is known for West Indian dishes like jerk chicken salad and a coconut rice bowl with Cuban picadilla and roasted corn. Park Bar specializes in Texas brewery goods and cocktails such as cucumber mojitos and frozen mango margaritas. What more could you want?

June Naylor is a travel journalist, dining critic, and food writer based in Fort Worth. Follow her adventures at 

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