Market on Magnolia
Downtown's food and bar scene can feel repetitive and underwhelming at times, leaving little on your food agenda to merit paying for parking and the never cute beligerent day drunks.
I'm happy to say that one of the few places that I used to visit, the old Frank & Steins, is now home to an updated concept, the newly open Market on Magnolia. Many people are referring to it as a food hall, and in good foodie conscious I cannot do the same. Three food vendors does not a food hall make in my opinion, but having multiple options under one roof is always a savy idea in my book.
Inside there are no huge interior changes to those who use to visit before, except a new area for 081 Wood Fire Pizza, a new counter area for Da Kine, and a refurbished counter for Gnarly Barley.
The Gnarly Barley menu consists of sandwiches available to purchase by the half or whole (there is one vegetarian option). The 081 Pizza offers five options, or a build-your-own, as well as wings and salads. Da Kine's set up mimics their counter at The Meat House with four signature bowls and the ability to customize your own.
On my first visit I got the "Grown Up Mac & Cheese" ($8.99) from Gnarly Barley, packed with cheddar, Swiss, goat cheese, bacon, apple, tomato, and thousand island dressing. Of course I added a side of mac & cheese to fully abuse my stomach.
My husband got the Margherita pizza from 081 Wood Fired Pizza ($12) which is the perfect size for one.
You grab your number, find a seat, and some may hit the bar to peruse 40 craft beer options; however there are waitresses that will come around to take your drink order. It's not just limited to beer, they have a cocktail menu as well.
The flat screen televisions are still here, so for all the sports enthusiasts this is still a prime spot to watch a game.
Owner Pete Downing did a great job with this concept, and I personally think his poke bowls are worth any search for parking. Although, the opening is also a bonus to those of us addicted to staying in our pajamas and using UberEats, because now Da Kine has an extended delivery time of 10 p.m. We are truly blessed.
Market on Magnolia is located at 150 S. Magnolia in Downtown Orlando.
All photos are mine, are food was paid for personally.