Family-friendly food halls are a parent’s dream come true. No more arguing over where to go out to eat as a family because a food hall offers an eclectic mix of wide-ranging culinary delights from tacos and Thai food to pizza and BBQ to please everyone’s tastebuds… all under one roof. One of the food halls on our list just earned a spot in the top 10 best new food halls in the nation! Read on for where to dig in now and for the scoop on several new food halls opening soon.

photo: Little Italy Food Hall via Yelp

Little Italy Food Hall

Little Italy Food Hall was recently featured in USA Today‘s top 10 new food halls in the nation! Situated next to the bustling neighborhood’s Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy Food Hall was designed as a place of community to gather with friends, family and neighbors. This quaint locale boasts six food stations: Ambrogio15, Mein St. Asian Kitchen, Not Not Tacos by Sam the Cooking Guy, Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop, Single Fin Kitchen and Wicked Maine Lobster. There’s also a bar in the center where you can order up craft beer or wine and cocktails from an Italian-inspired craft menu. Check out the mobile outdoor chef’s area that features pop-demonstrations and enjoy your food and drinks outdoors on the Piazza della Famiglia.

550 West Date St., Suite B,
San Diego, CA 92101

photo: Natalie Warr/Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market hit the scene of San Diego’s historic Liberty Station neighborhood in spring 2016 and has been blossoming with new eateries ever since. Once a 1920s-era naval base commissary, the Market has been transformed into a hub of over 30 delicious places to dine with the fam. You’ll be able to sink your teeth into an array of offerings from local artisan merchants from handcrafted ice cream at Scooped by Mootime to Argentinian empanadas at Paraná Empanadas.

In the coming months, look forward to the openings of Bao Bar boba & bun from the owners of Mama Made Thai, an outlet of Landini’s Pizzeria, a smokehouse BBQ venture from the guys behind Mastiff Sausage Co. entitled The Pig’s Gig, and a hand roll bar called Hold Fast from Chef Rob Ruiz.

Liberty Public Market
2820 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA

photo: Lobster West/Windmill Food Hall

Windmill Food Hall

With a March 2019 opening on the horizon, Windmill Food Hall, which will take over Pea Soup Andersen’s windmill building, plans to take the food hall experience to the next level. Families can lounge and play in a communal indoor/outdoor space complete with custom vintage 30’s-40’s era inspired furniture. Enjoy a room called The Library which features a central fireplace you can relax alongside with a craft cocktail, and family-friendly games including an interactive green screen, ping pong, skee ball, PAC Man, cornhole, foosball, shuffleboard and Jenga.

That said, great food will still be the focus. 11 vendors will call the Hall home, including Lobster West, which will offer New England style staple foods such as Main lobster rolls, Taco Lady, gourmet street tacos from the woman behind El Puerto Mexican & Seafood and Notorious Burgers to name a few.

Future plans include a Crackheads eatery concept, which will be housed in a shipping container outside of the food hall. Additionally, the folks behind Windmill Food Hall will offer, “a convenient ordering system so you don’t always have to stand in line like cattle to get your food.”

890 Palomar Airport Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92011

photo: Little Italy Food Hall

Park Commons

Slated for an opening in Sorrento Valley in summer 2019, this 10,000 square-foot food hall will feature six counter-service food stalls serving up breakfast, lunch, happy hour and a full bar. Those looking for a caffeine fix will enjoy a.m. brew from Dark Horse Coffee Roasters. Flavorful fare includes Mexican food from El Parque, poke bowls made with locally caught seafood from Slow Poke, artisan soups and salads from Best Dressed, Dr. J’s elevated take on a deli sandwich as a “fully composed work of art,” Fricken Burgers fried chicken and burgers and fast-casual Middle Eastern food from All Spice. In addition to yummy eats, Park Commons is nestled in The Park, which has a 7,000 acre center park with bocce ball courts, green spaces and sport fields. You can dine in or take your food to go enjoy in the great outdoors.

9645 Scranton Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121


North County families will soon be able to enjoy an expansive new development in the heart of Poway that will include a food hall that 15 local artisan food vendors will call home. Established faves The Barrel Room, Urge Gastropub, Brothers Provisions, Mason Ale Works and Mason Coffee Works are all slated to set up shop in this hub that is part of a $35 million development.

13247 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA

Pan y Sal

Barrio Logan’s cultural hub and art center Bread & Salt will open a food hall called Pan y Sal this spring. Plans include a bakery and a deli serving coffee, beer, wine, fresh baked breads and tortas made with ingredients from an on-site edible garden. Cooking classes and workshops for adults and kids are also in the works.

1955 Julian Ave.
San Diego, CA

––Beth Shea


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