The Hall on Franklin opened a little over a week ago, and I’ve already been twice. This place is such a big win for Tampa!
Nestled in the up-and-coming Tampa Heights neighborhood, not even Irma could slow this place down. The Hall on Franklin is a restaurant collective, food court, food hall, foodporium–whatever you want to call it, it’s incredible. Let’s just say if you’re ever in the mood to go out to eat but don’t want to commit to one specific type of food, go here. There aren’t many places where you can go from having waffle fry nachos to a tuna poké bowl to a Belgian waffle milkshake all in one sitting… but it’s doable and encouraged here. Both times I’ve gone, I got exactly that. Call me crazy for not expanding my horizons with sampling the rest of the menu, but I just really loved what I got. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Outside of the incredible food here, the architecture and design details are inspiring. Mosaic tile, tufted leather couches, industrial steel beams, exposed brick, fancy chandeliers, marble counters? Yup, got it. And if you really love it, you can buy it. That’s right– all of the furniture, light fixtures, etc. can be purchased from The Hall. As a marketing geek, I really loved that although each of these places had different offerings, the branding still had its similarities. I think this is a great touch to show that it truly is a collective eatery.
Know before you go:
- Parking is available in lots on Franklin and Florida. Street parking is minimal, but valet is available as well
- The Hall offers two types of dining styles: quick service pick up and sit-down table service. A hostess greets you upon arrival and will take your name and number if you’d like to grab a table
- My recommendation: be patient and wait for a table. Grab a drink from The Collection and just breathe in the atmosphere.
- There are seven vendors that make up the Hall on Franklin
- The North Star Eatery: asian fusion concept by the owners of Anise
- Bar Kȯ-fē: all things coffee– coffee cocktails, coffee beer, and coffee
- Bake ’N’ Babes: your sweet tooth’s best friend
- Pro tip: if you get the Babe Shake, break up the waffle and dip it into the shake. You can thank me later.
- The Collection: craft cocktails curated by one of Tampa’s best mixologists
- The Melte Shoppe: melted sandwiches, frozen shakes, and a pretty humorous menu
- Pro tip: check out the self-serve sauce bar!! Yes, self-serve aka judgment-free zone
- Heights Fish Camp: seafood and raw bar with Floridian delights
- Poké Rose: hawaiian poké bowls that taste fresh from the islands
- Whoever you decide to go with, get different food so you can share and attempt to try something from each of the seven vendors