After much anticipation, Morgan Street Food Hall opened in late August. And we all know when there’s a “first” in Raleigh, the hype is high. So OTL headed downtown for a weekday lunch to find out what Raleigh’s first food hall was all about.
We knew a bit of what to expect. It’s hard to ignore the many articles touting the Food Hall’s atmosphere and food tenants, as well as ensuring a food hall is NOT a food court (which, sorry, it is, but with BOOZE). If you’re hungry for such general information, please click the link earlier in this paragraph. Otherwise, read on for the Yelpish-style review of our experience.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A star was deducted for parking.
Parking: Is a Pain
Know your nearby public parking opportunities before you go. Better yet, walk or scoot over on a Bird.
Menu: Variety, Variety, Variety
We tried Oak City Fish and Chips, Wicked Taco, and The Bowls. All three were fantastic, but we gave our #1 vote to The Bowls. YUM! Click here for a full list of dining tenants.
Atmosphere: Hipster, Chill, Communal, and Farmer’s Market-esque.
Perfect for a workday lunch, happy hour, first date, pre-concert drink, large group, etc. Even the bathrooms are cool.
Lunch was pricey. Our three lunches ranged from $12-$18(including a 15% tip). Order a glass of wine or craft beer from the indoor/outdoor bar and your lunch can easily hit $20+.
Family-Friendly Factor: Low
While children are certainly welcome, it’s not the place for kids who require a less-sophisticated palate or those who need to roam. We parents have already invaded the breweries. Let’s leave the Food Hall sacred.
Bottom Line: The Morgan Street Food Hall is a welcomed addition to Raleigh’s downtown scene that should be around for a long time.