Local Bites: The Hall on Franklin

This post is long overdue, but it's better enjoyed now than never, right? 

The weekend after its opening, a group of my family and friends stopped by The Hall on Franklin to check out what we knew from the get-go was going to be a hit. Although quite crowded (no, we weren't surprised), we somehow managed to snag seats for all of our party at the corner of Kofe and began our food hall adventure.

A little note before I get into the noms: The bar areas surrounding Bake'n Babes, Kofe and The Collection are up for grabs - if you see a spot, snag it! From there, you can order food/drinks from any of the seven vendors, which food runners will deliver to you. However, you can also opt for traditional seating and table service, and can head to the area in the center of The Hall to request a table.

Now, about the food - it was all amazing. Really, it was. Typically in my 'Local Bites' features, I'll highlight all of what we ordered and single out the items that you must order. In this case, I'll tell you ahead of time - it's all of the below. We were thoroughly impressed with what we ordered - start scrolling!

Kentucky Champagne from The Collection: Buffalo Trace bourbon, fresh raspberry purée, lemon and bubbles.

Iced Caramel Latte from Kofe

The Poke Raw at Poke Rose: Tamarind-curry tuna, salmon, cobia, snow peas, mushrooms, cabbage, cucumber kimchi, kelp noodles, radish, chia seeds, sesame-ginger chicken & baby greens salad

Pork Belly Stinky Bunz at North Star Eatery

Soft Shell Crab Banh Mi at North Star Eatery: Fried soft shell crab, fried garlic, fried shallots, brown sugar, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cilantro, ginger aioli

Pork Ramen at North Star Eatery: Pork broth, roasted mushrooms, fish cake, soft boiled egg and scallions

Tomato Soup and Zucchini Fries from Melt Shoppe

Nutella Liege Waffle at Bake'n Babes

Since this visit, I've been back to The Hall twice now - the only disappointment is that I still have not been able to try the Spicy Hue Style Noodle Soup. One of these days!

If you haven't been able to stop by The Hall of Franklin yet, you must make plans, stat. If you're looking to beat the rush, I recommend stopping in for a bite/drink is between 2-5 p.m.

The Hall on Franklin is located at 1701 North Franklin Street in Tampa. A limited early hours menu, including Kofe and Bake'n Babes is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Hall on Franklin is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the latest updates from The Hall on Franklin, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.