Here are six dishes you’ll be eating at new food hall Fareground, which opens today

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You’ve heard your friends in Los Angeles and New York and Chicago rave about their cool food halls. And now Austinites finally get to have a voice in that conversation. Fareground, Austin’s first modern food hall, opened today at 111 Congress Ave. between Cesar Chavez and Second streets.

Henbit, an all-day cafe from Emmer & Rye, is one of the six vendors at the new Fareground. (Giant Noise/Julia Keim)

The sleek operation curated by ELM Restaurant Group (Italic, Easy Tiger) features six local operators now putting a new spin on their popular brands. Below are a few of the dishes you’ll find at the newly opened food hall. Fareground is open from 7 a.m to 10 pm Monday-Friday and weekends from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contigo, Dai Due Taquería, Easy Tiger and Henbit all open with breakfast service, while Antonelli’s Cheese and Ni-Komé open at lunchtime.

Grilled cheese sandwich and creamy tomato soup from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Contigo burger on a housemade challah bun at Contigo Fareground

Contigo Fareground. (Credit: Kate LeSeuer)

Wild boar al pastor tacos from Dai Due Taquería

The mighty trompo. (Credit: Tim Clancy)

Pastrami with housemade sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house mustard in pirogi from Easy Tiger. 

Lemongrass shrimp bowl from Henbit (an all-day concept from Emmer & Rye)

Credit: Giant Noise/Julia Keim

Miso and chicken broth ramen with shredded chicken breast, bean sprouts, aji-tama, scallions, chili threads and chili oil from Ni-Komé, a hybrid ramen and sushi bar from the owners of Daruma Ramen and Komé.

and ….

there’s also a the Fareground Bar serving drinks six small-batch housemade draft cocktails created by master sommelier Craig Collins of ELM Restaurant Group, such as this Pineapple Mezcal Punch, created specifically with Dai Due taco pairings in mind.


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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