Now that the high-end food hall wave is nearing a crescendo (seriously, people, we’re running out of space!), it’s time to take stock of a few of the gems within them. There are farm-to-table treasures everywhere at Boston Public Market; globally inspired fixings at Bow Market; Italian delicacies at Eataly; and gems from award-winning chefs at newcomer Time Out Market. Meanwhile, High Street Market is readying to open at any moment, and the 18,000-square-foot, liquor-licensed space will boast 22 vendors and no fewer than 500 seats. All together, there’s now a deluge of scrumptious pickings out there, doled out by vendors from humble to haute, as fine dining spots use the halls as a way to expand their footprints. Here are some of the most scrumptious dishes to zero in on.
TIME OUT MARKET 401 Park Drive, Boston, timeoutmarket.com/boston THE SPOT Tasting Counter at Time Out Market THE EATS King crab risotto, fermented rice, roasted shallot, wakame seaweed and lemon sea salt
TIME OUT MARKET 401 Park Drive, timeoutmarket.com/boston THE SPOT Michael Schlow THE EATS Schlow is a meatball maestro, as witnessed by his crunchy meatballs “a la Via Matta” with tomato-basil sauce and Parmigiano.
EATALY, PRUDENTIAL CENTER 800 Boylston St., eataly.com THE SPOT Terra THE EATS A sweet-savory symphony found in the caponata di zucca, teeming with delicata squash, pinenuts and red currants
BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET 100 Hanover St., bostonpublicmarket.org THE SPOT Finesse Pastries THE EATS Raspberry and rose mousse-filled macarons—at least twice the size (and flavor) of most versions
BOW MARKET 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, bowmarketsomerville.com THE SPOT Gâté Comme des Filles THE EATS Artisanal Meyer lemon chocolate bonbons, made fresh by chocolatière Alexandra Whisnant