What happened to Midtown Global Market?
I visited for the first time in a while this week, and it seemed to be quite dismal compared to what I remember. There are many abandoned/open spaces. I had trouble finding something that looked good. What is the best place in there now? Is it just me or did it used to be a lot better?
The abandoned/open space thing has been going on for a long, long time. Gradually over years. It used to feel more diverse.
Sonora Grill is the best place in there now. Salty Tart is pretty good (except for their cupcakes). There are some other pretty good spots that have been there from the beginning including Manny's Tortas, Los Ocampo, Cafe Finspang (for certain sweets)...
I was sad to see the following go: La Sirena Gorda, West Indies Soul, Starlight Cafe (is that even the right name? The East African place?), Everest Cafe. Birchberry (even though it wasn't a restaurant...).
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I seriously can't see a gastropub succeeding in Midtown Global Market, but I hope I'm very wrong. What soupkitten said about the crap economy strikes a chord.
There are so many great neighborhood-driven places now that it seems people stick a little closer to home.
I hate to say it, but MGM reminds me now of the fading stages of other former great hot spots in historical buildings. If you're old enough to know better you'll remember Bandana Square, St. Anthony Main and River Place in their glory days. Fun times!
The gastropub/bar situation seems sketchy. That space has said "coming soon" for three + months and exactly nothing has happened with it. If anything, it looks like more of a dumping grounds than ever.
I just don't think MGM gets or has ever gotten enough traffic for it to really thrive. The only place that is ever consistently busy that I can tell is Salty Tart.
+1 for Sonora Grill. I hope they make it, but it it would surprise me. And NOt because the food isn't great. If they were someplace on Lake St closer to uptown, they'd kill.
Hmmm - wonder if something changed last week? I was at MidGloMa (thanks, TDQ!) two weeks ago, and it seemed pretty full; I think there were two or three open spots, but that's less vacancy than in previous years.
As far as good eats, +1 on Sonora Grill and Salty Tart (and the rest TDQ mentioned). I'd add Safari Grill, where I love the spicy chicken soup - tastes like the Chicken Fantastic in liquid form - and the camel burger (ask for extra grilled pineapple). Holy Land's is a staple in my rotation (great hummos, chicken, and gyros - skip the fries), though I usually go to the mother ship on Central Ave. I also LOVE the cheeses from Grass Roots Gourmet.
I didn't like the Italian ices, though - they're way too sweet. (The kids I was with loved it.)
And if the Kitchen In The Market is open, check out what they have for sale. I got a delicious harissa sauce-in-a-squeeze-bottle a few months ago, and I've got my eyes peeled for those soups that HeavyTable just reported on last week.
P.S. Has anyone tried the Filipino/Hawaiian/pan-Asian place, Lutang Mekeni? I haven't made it there yet, because I can't resist Safari's camel burger and Sonora Grill's pinchos.
Wow, really? I love this place and every time I'm there it is HOPPING! Obsessed with Grand Italian Ice and Cafe Finspang-and the ladies are super nice.
Went to Chinese New Year to see the Lion Dance and was amazed at how many people were there on a Friday night.