The food at the Ticonderoga Club isn't revolutionary -- just delicious. The clam roll is a favorite.

Bar Mercado offers up a delightful array of Spanish tapas and drinks.

The ebi fry is one of the creative and unusual dishes found at Makimono.

Recess emphasizes plant-based foods. Eating healthy never tasted so great.

19 Delicious Places to Eat at Krog Street Market Food Hall

Krog Street Market started out as a simple idea: Turn the 1889 Atlanta Stove Works factory into a place where in-town residents can go to buy produce, goods and enjoy a few restaurants. What happened is that the Krog Street Market turned into a meeting place for people who wanted to experience the culinary creativity that put Atlanta on the foodie map. In fact, Krog Street Market has made a lot of friends. “Travel + Leisure” named it one of the “World’s Best Food Halls,” and the Travel Channel featured it in its “Food Hall of Fame” episode.

So, let’s visit Krog Street Market and find out what makes it so special. And, that means restaurant hopping — but don’t worry, it’s worth it. Here are our favorite places to eat at Krog Street Market.

  1. Bar Mercado is a casual, multi-regional Spanish tapas restaurant. The eatery aims for an authentic, relaxed feel and offers a selection of tapas-size beer, Spanish wines, sherry and cocktails. Among our favorites are the gammas al apollo (head-on shrimp, garlic, sherry and sourdough); pisto (burrata, roasted eggplant, squash, tomato, bell pepper and tomato bread), and pork cheek and golden raisins empanadas.
  2. Located next to the Little Tart Bakeshop, Fred’s Meat & Bread serves up Todd Ginsberg’s acclaimed burgers and fries — and a whole menu of sandwiches including cheesesteaks, banh mi and po’ boys. Our top pics are the veggie burger, the pimento cheese club and the Italian grinder.
  3. G.C. BBQ has award-winning beef brisket, macaroni and cheese, and baby black ribs. Everything is smoked fresh every night — and available until the meat runs out. Other favorites are the smoked chicken salad and banana pudding.
  4. Gu’s Dumplings offers a unique culinary experience that features dumplings, noodles and other stir-fried dishes. Natives of Sichuan province in southwestern China, Chef Gu and his wife provide an authentic dining experience. Be sure to order the award-winning Zhong-style dumplings, as well as Chongqing spicy chicken, Mapo tofu and Dan Dan noodles. The restaurant now sells its amazing dumpling sauce and homemade chili oil.
  5. Hop City Bar offers an impressive collection of craft beers, fine wines and even its famous growlers.
  6. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams hits the spot when you’re strolling through the market. All of the ice creams, sorbets and frozen yogurts are built from the ground up with carefully sourced ingredients from around the world. There are seasonal offerings that are made with fresh, whole fruits and vegetables as well as the traditional chocolate and vanilla flavors made with bean-to-bar chocolate and Fair Trade-certified vanilla.
  7. The Little Tart Bakeshop is a Grant Park favorite that has made its way to the Krog Street Market — and we are glad it did. LTB sells fresh-baked pastries handmade with local, seasonal and organic ingredients.
  8. Makimono showcases a special curated list of sushi rolls and rice bowls, including a create-your-own option. Among the rolls are: Lion King, Island and Pink Lady, while some of the dishes include clam miso soup, geso karaage and Japanese corn dogs.
  9. Pho Nam is coming soon to the market and will feature authentic Vietnamese offerings.
  10. Recess is the second Krog Street Market from the Castellucci Hospitality Group. Recess is a fine-casual food stall that serves “delicious food that makes you feel good.” The menu mostly focuses on plant-based dishes such as salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, toasts and vegetables sides. There are meat, seafood and vegetable add-ons available. Chef Victoria Shore places an emphasis on lighter, healthier fare where guests can customize their selections to accommodate personal preferences as well as dietary restrictions.
  11. Ford Fry is one of the area’s most acclaimed chefs, and he opened Superica as a nod to his Texan roots. Superica is a Tex-Mex inspired restaurant that offers lunch, dinner, brunch and drinks — especially sangria. The first Thursday of every month there is live music starting at 9 p.m. Among the specialties are the short rib, mesquite-grilled quail, tacos, enchiladas and fajitas.
  12. Richard’s Southern Fried is a quick service fried chicken concept that offers three flavor options: classic, hot and Richards’ HOT. Using only Springer Mountain Farms chickens, Richards seasons the meat with a blend of spices that create a “slow burn” heat. The casual, counter service eatery is Southern to the bone with menu items including stewed okra and tomatoes, catfish sandwich, collard green pho, chicken and waffles, broccoli rice and a cheese casserole.
  13. Suzy Siu’s Baos offers Asian baos (steamed buns) stuffed with delicious meats and local vegetables. The roasted pork belly bao was named one of the “100 Plates Locals Love” by the Georgia Tourism Bureau. Other options include baos filled with Korean BBQ or spicy Korean fried chicken and sides including Korean street corn and kimchi fritters
  14. You don’t have to be a child to love Sweet Inman’s Candies. In fact, the jelly beans, sour balls, Bazooka bubble gum, Swedish fish, hard candies and multiple flavors of cotton candy will turn anyone back to their grade school years.
  15. The Ticonderoga Club harkens back to Revolutionary War era where people would gather to plot, scheme, indulge in boisterous drinking, revelry, revelation, revolution and grateful dining. Not open on Wednesday, the restaurant offers such delicacies as grilled swordfish, roasted squab and Ipswich clam roll.
  16. The folks at Varuni Napoli put on a show as well as serving up outstanding authentic Italian cuisine and Neapolitan pizzas. With the open-concept kitchen, diners can watch Varuni’s pizza makers as well as engage with the pizza artisans throughout the cooking process.
  17. Watchman’s Seafood + Spirits is a new restaurant that serves fresh, sustainable seafood and craft cocktails. Although the menu changes daily, we suggest you try the snapper crudo, grouper tartare, steamed clams and lump crab fritters.
  18. XOCOLATL Small Batch Chocolate makes single-origin dark chocolate from bean to bar. Cacao beans are sourced for ethnicity and sustainability from the Americas and East Africa where they are roasted and stone-ground on site. Bars are tempered, molded and hand-wrapped. This 400-square-foot stall sells single chocolate bars as well as gift boxes and chocolate/coffee sets. We may be biased, but we love the Atlanta Makers’ Gift Box, which is a collection of handcrafted products made in Atlanta using XOCOLATL Small Batch Chocolate. 
  19. Yalla takes you to the Middle East, and its food stall features shawarma and kebabs, falafel, fresh-baked pita and luffa as well as a variety of salads, fresh vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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