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Piggin’ out on truffle fries at downtown's new Market Hall

Photo: Joshua Huston


Kids in bigger cities like New York and Chicago have been able to feast their eyes on charcuterie, good cheese and crusty bread, then sit down to dinner at indoor food halls with onsite restaurants for years. Now, Seattle kids can get in on the market-meets-eatery game at downtown’s new The Market Hall. The market/restaurant hybrid opened at The Olivian Apartments at 8th and Olive in February.

Seattle families already familiar with Melrose Market on Capitol Hill and Pike Place Market will want to add The Market Hall to their “must try” lists. In addition to exploring locally produced food in the space’s deli and retail area, kids can share a wild mushroom pizza or a plate of truffle fries at the on-site restaurant.

For a little more context, celebrity chef Mario Batali opened the Italian multi-restaurant and market Eataly in Manhattan in 2010, followed by an outpost in Chicago in 2013 and overseas locations. Since then, food halls have begun popping up throughout the U.S., with celeb chefs including Anthony Bourdain (he’s planning Bourdain Market in New York) launching similar concepts. L.A.-based restaurateur Tony Riviera has been linked to The Market Hall; San Francisco, Dallas and San Diego locations are also in the works.

The Market Hall’s retail space is stocked with morning pastries and pantry staples like Annie’s white cheddar bunnies and pints of Three Twins ice cream. On a recent visit, a 16-foot prepared food section included lunch picks kids will green-light, like homemade meatballs and roasted carrots.

Head to the restaurant and find a menu with a happy mix of kid picks like Margherita pizza, bruschetta and lava cake. You’ll also find small and medium plates for more refined palates, including ahi tartare and braised pork belly with harissa. Market Hall on Facebook

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