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Inside Chattahoochee Food Works, the Latest Food Hall to Open in Atlanta

The first set of restaurant stalls are now open inside the much-anticipated Chattahoochee Food Works food hall backed by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern

The first set of restaurant stalls have opened for business inside the much-anticipated Chattahoochee Food Works, the latest addition to the growing collection of food halls now found in and around Atlanta. The sprawling 31-stall market and test kitchen in the city’s Underwood Hills neighborhood is a collaboration between celebrity chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern and Robert Montwaid — the man behind Gansevoort Market in New York City.

Zimmern and Montwaid see the market as a snapshot of the Atlanta food scene, with stalls featuring everything from brick-oven pizzas, decadent cookies, ramen, and Southern and soul food twists on breakfast to dishes influenced by the foods found in South Africa, Thailand, and India.

The pair say they want to fill Chattahoochee Food Works with chefs and culinary entrepreneurs seeking an accessible entry point to experiment with and grow their food businesses in Atlanta. This includes focusing on providing women, people of color, and immigrants with equitable opportunities to break onto the Atlanta dining scene.

“Collectively they tell a story about Atlanta and Southern food in the city,” Zimmern says of the intended purpose behind Chattahoochee Food Works. “This group gives me a lot of hope for our industry and our world.”

The outside entrance to Chattahoochee Food Works in northwest Atlanta on clear blue sunny day. Big red sign with the words “Food Hall” sits above the wood covered patio while a may in a ball cap and blue windbreakers walks past a small strip of bright green grass on the newly paved sidewalk
Dr. Scofflaw’s Laboratory and Beer Garden outdoor patio
Dr. Scofflaw’s Laboratory and Beer Garden
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q location under construction at the Works in northwest Atlanta
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

The food hall is part of the Works complex taking shape along an industrial strip of Chattahoochee Avenue on the edge of the Underwood Hills and Blandtown neighborhoods. The 80-acre development in northwest Atlanta will eventually feature 500 residences, a boutique hotel, and full-service outposts of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Fetch dog park and bar, and California-based brunch restaurant the Waffle Experience. Scofflaw Brewing opened Dr. Scofflaw’s Laboratory and Beer Garden at the Works last year.

In addition to the restaurant stalls, there’s also a central bar located inside the market serving cocktails, beer, and wine and a covered patio flanking the front of the building. The open-container policy at the complex means people can take their drinks to seating areas scattered throughout the property and in the 13-acre green space located beyond the food hall.

If Zimmern and Montwaid can stay true to their original vision for the market stalls, Chattahoochee Food Works could eventually act as a sort of dining microcosm, representing a broader spectrum of cuisines found at Atlanta-area restaurants than most food halls have attempted to achieve here.

“It’s amazing how the world has changed over the last two years. I believe we have achieved our goals, but they seem pale now in comparison to the real stories of our amazing group of vendors and partners,” Zimmern says. “Our market and food hall allows our vendor partners the chance to tell their own stories and add their own imprint on what Southern food tastes like right now in 2021.”


THE FOOD STALLS

Banh Mi Station — OPEN

People seated around the white bar at Banh Mi Station in Chattahoochee Food Works

Owned by Christine Nguyen and Johnny Cho, Banh Mi Station offers pho, bánh mì, vermicelli noodle bowls, and a variety of other Vietnamese street foods on its menu. Counter seating available.

Baked Kitchen — OPEN

Baked Kitchen co-owner Allan Katzef in a tie dye tee shirt and blue and white stripped apron
Allan Katzef

Owned by food truck operator Allan Katzef, expect South African-based fare on the menu. Katzef, who was born in South Africa, serves dishes like the Burri Don Dawg made with South African boerewors (sausage) and sosaties or lamb and apricot grilled skewers coated with apricot jalapeño barbecue sauce and served with a side of yellow wild rice and pap (a type of maize porridge.) Counter seating available.

A small skillet containing South African meat pie casserole filled with mac and cheese, ground lamb, dried apricots, fruit chutney, apricot preserves, golden raisins topped with a cheesy egg mixture then baked/broiled to golden perfection served with a tomato garlic chutney, crunchy onions, chives and jalapeno apricot bbq sauce
South African ground lamb casserole

Baker Dude — OPEN

Baker Dude owner Orran Booher
Orran Booher
Assorted pastries on a white plate from Baker Dude
Six vanilla, pistachio, strawberry, chocolate, and cinnamon frosted cupcakes

The stall at Chattahoochee Food Works is the second location for the Grant Park-based bakery and cafe. Owned by Orran Booher, Baker Dude offers cupcakes in flavors like zesty key lime and a gluten free, paleo cupcake made with fair trade chocolate and mint chocolate morsels, as well as pastries, daily-baked breads, and brunch dishes.

Cubanos ATL — Opening this summer

Cubanos ATL owner Ozzy Llanes
Ozzy Llanes

Cuban-born Ozzy Llanes moved to Atlanta from Miami over a decade ago and says he spent years searching for a “descent” Cuban sandwich here. He opened the original Cubanos ATL in Sandy Springs last year. The takeout-only Cuban sandwich shop, located in the parking lot of a small retail plaza on Roswell Road, resides inside a tiny house Llanes designed and built himself. Chattahoochee Food Works will mark the third Cubanos ATL location in metro Atlanta. A second location opens within weeks in Cumming, Georgia.

Dash and Chutney — Opening this summer

Chef Palak Patel, owner of Dash and Chutney
Chef Palak Patel
Bhel puri
Bhel puri
Two street food sandwiches containing deep fried potato dumpling placed inside a bread bun sliced almost in half through the middle. Accompanied with two chutneys and a green chili pepper.
Vada pav

Owned by chef and Food Network personality Palak Patel, Dash and Chutney will serve vegan takes on Indian street food dishes. Patel has appeared on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, and was a top four contestant on season 14 of Food Network Star. Patel also helped create menus for Dinner Lab supper club events in several cities, including Atlanta where she now lives.

Flying Fish — OPEN

Chef Martin Yoharry of Flying Fish sushi
Chef Martin Yoharry
A white cardboard box containing colorful and neatly packed selection of sushi and sushi rolls from Flying Fish in Atlanta

Flying Fish serves a variety of nigiri plates, sushi, and sushi rolls as well as charcoal-grilled robatayaki options on its menu. Counter seating available.

Graffiti Breakfast — OPEN at 9 a.m.

Owners Tonya Waller and chef Marcus James Waller wearing tie dye Graffiti Breakfast tees and Chef Waller wearing a black apron looking content as they hug one another
Tonya Waller and chef Marcus James Waller

Owned by chef Marcus James Waller and Tonya Waller, Graffiti Breakfast offers Southern and soul food twists on breakfast staples using produce and ingredients from several urban farms across Atlanta. This is the first location for the Wallers. Counter seating available.

Hippie Hibachi — Opening this summer

Vegan hibachi chicken
Vegan hibachi chicken
Vegan hibachi beef over fried rice
Vegan hibachi beef

Claiming to be the first hibachi spot offering vegan dishes on the menu in Atlanta, owner Joshua Brock plans to serve hibachi-style dishes with a selection of proteins, including teriyaki chicken, shrimp, and vegan meat along with items like vegetable fried rice.

It’s Baked Baby — Opening this summer

Chef Dianna Palmer, owner of It’s Baked Baby
Chef Dianna Palmer
A baked potato stuffed to overflowing with fried chicken thighs, Turkey bacon, English cheddar bechamel, red peppers
Loaded baked potato with fried chicken thighs, turkey bacon, English cheddar bechamel, and red peppers

Owned chef Dianna Palmer, It’s Baked Baby began as a pop-up serving out of Atlanta establishments like Our Bar ATL on Edgewood Avenue. Palmer’s menu is all about comfort food and home-cooked meals centered around the baked potato. Baked potatoes come topped with flank steak, caramelized onions, cheese, and chives as well as spuds topped with everything from shrimp, fried chicken thigh nuggets, and braised collards.

Taqueria La Luz — OPEN

Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez, owners of Zocalo and La Luz Mexican in Atlanta
Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez

Owned by siblings Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon (who also own Zocalo on 10th Street in Midtown,) Taqueria La Luz serves tacos and other Mexican street foods on its menu.

Monster Cravings Cookies — OPEN

Breanna Browning, owner of Monster Craving Cookies
Veronica Dalzon

Owned by Veronica Dalzon, the menu at Monster Cravings features a variety of cookies ranging in flavors from peanut butter and jelly and strawberry shortcake to cookies and cream and s’mores.

Morelli’s Ice Cream — OPEN

A woman with long brown hair wearing a black bow tie tee and a black and white trucker cap with the Morelli’s Ice cream logo on the front smiles behind her blue mask while holding a double scoop of strawberry and vanilla ice cream cone topped with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Her coworker stands behind her in a black mask with an American flag and a Jamaican flag on it and smiles from behind their mask wearing the same bow tie tee

The popular Atlanta-based ice cream company, owned by Donald Sargent and Clarissa Morelli, serves up flavors like butter pecan, Krispy Kreamier with chunks of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, coconut jalapeño, and marzipan cherry almond.

Pomodoro Bella — OPEN

Chefs James Semanisin and Byars Parham, owners of Pomodoro Bella
Chefs James Semanisin and Byars Parham
Bright blue and white tiled brick pizza oven is lit with orange flames as a pizza is slide into the oven to bake

Chefs James Semanisin and Byars Parham serve pizza, fresh pastas, desserts like cannolis, and weekly meal kits from their new Italian food stall. Pomodoro Bella even includes a dough room that can be viewed from inside the market and a to-go window located on the patio, allowing the stall to remain open after others have closed for the day.

Sakura Ramen — OPEN

Chef Hugo Valdez of Sakura Ramen
Chef Hugo Valdez
A bowl of Vegetarian tan tan ramen topped with corn, bok choy from Sakura Ramen
Vegetarian tan tan ramen
Lemon pepper togarashi hot wings from Sakura Ramen
Lemon pepper togarashi hot wings

Billed as a ramen bar, Sakura serves several ramen styles, including vegan and vegetarian versions. The menu also features lemon pepper togarashi hot wings and a selection of yakitori, gyozas, and takoyaki. Keep an eye out for monthly tasting menus with sake pairings. Counter seating available.

TydeTate Kitchen — OPEN

Two people wait for their order from TydeTate Kitchen stall at Chattahoochee Food Works in Atlanta
Saku - Caramelized palm sugar, crushed peanuts, minced chicken, and pickled radish wrapped in rice paper
Saku

This Thai-food stall and Lawrenceville-based catering business is owned by Tana Bhamaraniyama. TydeTate Kitchen serves home-style Thai comfort foods and dishes like plah talay (seafood salad), saku wraps, stuffed chicken wings, and curry puffs on its menu.

Unbelibubble — OPEN

An employee wearing gold wire rim round glasses at Unbelibubble Tea stall at Chattahoochee Food Works gives out an order to a mother with three kids, one of whom is a baby she is holding with a stroller to her right

Owned by Alex Yoon Kim and Mindy Kim, Unbelibubble Tea offers nearly 50 variations of bubble tea on its menu paired with sweets like honey bread or Nutella bread. The couple owns another location on Venture Drive in Duluth.

Also opening this summer at the food hall are Belen de la Cruz – Empanadas and Pastries, owned by Argentinean native Belen de la Cruz (who has a shop in Johns Creek and an upcoming location opening in Marietta,) and Philly G Steaks, owned by Philadelphia native Gordon Brown. Brown has another location at Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Open daily. Food stall hours vary. Masks required inside.

1235 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta. chattahoocheefoodworks.com.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 577-4030 Visit Website

Cubanos ATL

6450 Roswell Road, , GA 30328 (404) 889-8948 Visit Website
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