Best Of 2017

Best New Food Trend: Food Halls, Market Concepts or Whatever You Call ’Em

Best New Food Trend

Joining dining destinations like New Orleans, D.C. and Los Angeles, Tampa Heights saw the opening of its first food hall, The Hall on Franklin, in late August. Another foodporium of gourmet proportions is the nearby Heights Public Market, launching along the Hillsborough River sometime later this year. Although they’re different from one another (HPM, for one, is part of the larger Armature Works project of event spaces, co-working opportunities, a rooftop social area and two restaurants, while The Hall bills itself as a full-service collective eatery under one roof), both are collaborative in nature with local chefs, restaurateurs and other industry pros involved to offer a wide range of options for couples or groups who can’t decide on where to dine and drink, plus solo patrons who want to feel like they’re still part of the action while downing everything from cocktails to poke. —Meaghan Habuda