Creating a community around food is the latest concept to hit the streets in Oahu, Miami and San Juan
Can’t decide where to go for dinner with your group? Some want sushi, others just a burger while one is craving pizza. At these innovative food halls, top chefs come together under one roof where the social setting is centered on food. This curated concept with a communal atmosphere offers a selection of eateries ideal for the indecisive foodie and an opportunity to sample culinary delights from around the globe. Patrons can try new foods, taste, and share and wander around to put together the ideal meal.
Time Out Market, Miami
The 50-year-old media company created its first food hall location in Portugal in 2014 bringing together Lisbon’s finest eateries under one roof. Their latest venue to open is in the heart of South Beach. Opened May 2019, this curated food hall offers 17 kitchens, three bars and a demo cooking station where visiting chefs spend three months in residency crafting their latest dishes. Cuisines vary from tacos, vegan and sushi. Of course, there is Cuban fare, burgers and a smoked meat outlet and something for the sweet tooth. Diners eat at large wooden community tables where the energy is convivial. In keeping with the heritage of Time Out, visitors will find a media wall with the best things to do in the city including events, exhibitions and concerts.
El Mercado de Paseo Caribe, Puerto Rico
Ideally located between Condado and Old San Juan, El Mercado is part art gallery, gourmet food market and social hall. Murals depicting men and women working in agricultural settings as well as street venues hang high over the bar that sits in the heart of the hall. Rotating art features local artists, where works portray daily life on the island. Weekends bring in live entertainment, jazz concerts and the popular Friday night Sunset Rhythms. Patrons can experience cuisine from some of the best chefs on the island with a selection from seafood, Italian, and Asian. Begin the day with coffee from Alto Grande Caffé Bar and end with a nightcap at Cóctel Bar. The hall is open every day from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. with seating indoor and alfresco.
The Street, A Michael Mina Social House, Honolulu
They call The Street a social house for good reason. The gathering space is conducive to conversation and sharing of food from a low-key lunch to a late night snack. Like Mina’s childhood, the table becomes the heart of family, friends and conversation. Menus are driven by individual chefs who showcase their passion for food. Items are foods they love to eat and cook for others. Here you’ll find the 11 restaurant concepts offering international fare from smoked barbecue, kimchee, poke and ramen. Expect to find traditional Hawaiian plate, an island twist on burgers and the latest, a Mexican fusion restaurant that incorporates local seafood and Island produce; there’s even a Spam quesadilla. Stop by for a smoothie, Mai Tai, craft beer or shave ice. The venue is open from 7 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.