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 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
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
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.
Baker Dude — OPEN
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.