Located in Raleigh’s trendy vibrant warehouse district, you’ll find Morgan Street Food Hall. This funky spin on cafeteria-style eating is a new lifestyle dining concept that opened just less than a month ago! With lots of featured local eateries and food retailers, grab a group of friends and head to the hall because Morgan Street is the perfect place to employ the concept of cross meal ordering inside their amazing shared-seating area. With a diverse variety of food and beverage, Morgan Street has the food and drinks and desserts that will surely satisfy your ravenous appetite.

First, we decided to check out MKG Kitchen to get a taste of their take on authentic Vietnamese cuisine. We went with the popular choice, because #basic, and ordered the bun combo which is a bowl that comes with a choice of grilled meats (we got the shrimp, chicken, and beef) and refreshing vermicelli rice noodles, shredded lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, pickled daikon & carrots, topped with peanuts and served with a tangy fish sauce.

Be sure to try their summer rolls, too– we recommend the shrimp with peanut sauce to dip. If you’re a fan of Thai food, then don’t hesitate to branch out and try Vietnamese cuisine because the two are similar yet unique in their own ways. MKG’s bun dish was incredibly refreshing and packed with flavor– perfect for a hot, late summer afternoon.

Obviously, we couldn’t try only one place in Morgan Street’s enormous cafeteria, there are just too many delicious-looking options! So for our second course, we went with Sassool-– a healthy Lebanese & Mediterranean cuisine served in a fast-casual setting.

Sassool offers a great blend of different cuisine flavors by offering Lebanese entrees while the sides and salads are more so geared to tastes of the Mediterranean. We tried the chicken shawarma that consisted of grilled chicken with garlic whip served with tomato, Lebanese pickles, and lemon tahini dressing. We chose a couple sides to complement this tender, juicy chicken dish. Sweet potato salad, dressed with spinach, celery, raisins, and mildly spicy red bell pepper vinaigrette, and quinoa tabouli salad. The cold sides were the perfect complement to the heated shawarma, and, bonus points, they are gluten-free and vegan! Sassool was impressively filling and especially guilt free. Abundant and generous is the best way to describe Sassool, as its deliciously healthy atmosphere will surely exceed your expectations.

At this point, we felt more than satisfied and stuffed inside Morgan Street Food Hall, but we couldn’t pass up dessert. Making our way through the eager crowds of hungry passersby, we ended our afternoon at none other than Raleigh Rolls. We stuck with our pan-Asian theme for the day as Raleigh Rolls serves amazing flavors of Thai ice cream that they flatten and prepare to roll up into a cup. Seriously, watching people roll up ice cream never gets old!

Morgan Street Food Hall is the hip place to be, we can’t stress this enough. It’s not your average food court, as we can assure you, you will not find any fast food chains in this trendy cafeteria! If you’re planning a trip to Raleigh, go ahead and add Morgan Street to the itinerary– it’s a foodie must!

By: Reynolds Rogers