The doctor is in
Dr. Murphy’s food Hall is the perfect name for a food hall in a medical center.
Born in a North Woods log cabin in 1852, Dr. John B. Murphy grew up to be one of America’s preeminent pioneering surgeons who spent a good part of his career in Chicago.
Tall and strong with a showstopping red beard and mustache, the doctor left a lasting impression on those who knew him.
So much so that nearly 200 years after his birth, his name still resonates.
I think the good doctor would like that Chicago’s newest food hall has been named in his honor.
Located–where else but in a medical center.
The ornate hospital building (1811 W. Harrison St.) opened in the late 1800’s. It closed in 2002 before becoming part of a $150 million renovation which also includes medical office space, a daycare center, a Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago/Medical University District Hotel.
The 10,000-square foot foot space, which opened August 3, feature a range of chef driven eateries, a lounge and a bar. It is helmed by chef Akhtar Nawab part of the Hospitality HQ (HHQ), owner and operator of several restaurants and a former participant on “Iron Chef America.
Currently there are 12-vendors offering a wide variety of cuisines from an impressive lineup of vendors, the majority of which are minority and women-owned businesses.
“We are thrilled to officially open to the public, bringing a distinctive lineup of culinary concepts, from Vietnamese and Mexican, to Southern and desserts, to the Illinois Medical District. This project has a special place in my heart because my father completed his residency at the Old Cook County Hospital,” said Chef Nawab. “I feel passionately about bringing quality, nourishing food to underserved neighborhoods, and there is definitely a dearth of options within the Illinois Medical District area. In partnership with our vendors, we look forward to serving the thousands of medical professionals, students and educators who spend most of their waking hours here, as well as creating an inviting dining experience for new residents, guests, and visitors of Cook County.”
A Look Inside
- Introducing her new and first restaurant concept, Chef/Owner Taylor Bischof had brought Brekkie & Bake Shop to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. Serving high quality breakfast items made from fresh ingredients, Brekkie & Bake Shop offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, bowls, overnight oats, and baked goods.
Crockett Cookies (MWBE)
- Inspired by a nostalgic love of the iconic peanut butter cookies served in Chicago’s public schools, Owner and CEO Cheryl Crockett started Crockett Cookies by making lunchroom style butter cookies for family and friends. Fast forward to today and her company bakes over 5,000 of her famous cookies daily for local and nationwide orders. Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall is now home to the first Crockett Cookies storefront.
Classic Cobbler (MWBE)
- Owned by Bran’Arla Johnson, Classic Cobbler is a family owned business specializing in home-made fruit cobblers and pies. The desserts are made with the finest quality ingredients and no preservatives, having been perfected across generations, beginning in the South before migrating to the Midwest. Guests of Classic Cobbler’s only brick-and-mortar location within the food hall will enjoy the cobblers’ and pies’ flaky, buttery crusts and just-right mix of fruits and spices.
Doc’s Bar (MBE)
- At the heart of Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall sits Doc’s Bar, the best place to wind down in Cook County. Fun and laid-back with an elevated approach to hospitality, Doc’s offers ample seating at the bar as well as dedicated drink service throughout the food hall. The menu at Doc’s Bar features a selection of great local craft beers and wine by the glass or bottle, plus a range of updated twists on classic cocktails with nods to Chicagoland and beyond.
- Brothers Teddy and Alexis Vejar opened Jarabe in 2015 inside a small storefront in the Medical District as an off-shoot of La Adelita, one of Chicago’s original food trucks. Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall marks the second location of their popular taqueria, where the duo will continue in their ever-evolving expression of love for the regional food cultures of their native Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora. From tacos to burritos, everything at Jarabe is made from scratch and cooked to order using only the finest ingredients.
Kathmandu Momo Station (MBE)
Co-owners Rocky Shrestha and Sagar Gurung bring Nepalese street cuisine to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall with the third location of their celebrated restaurant. Kathmandu Momo Station serves their award-winning dumplings, called momo, and expands upon their focused menu with additional authentic Nepalese and Burmese flavors that are only offered at the Chicago location.
Lexington Betty (MWBE)
- Originally starting out as a food truck, Lexington Betty Smoke House has served authentic barbecue throughout the Chicagoland area for many years. Chef/Owner Dominique Leach brings extensive knowledge and experience of the craft of BBQ to the new location which serves Lexington Betty’s famous beef brisket, rib tips, BBQ chicken and more.
Lil’ Delta (MBE)
- An ode to the food, beverage, and culture of the Mississippi Delta region from co-owners Eldridge Williams and Robert Johnson, Lil’ Delta is the first spin-off of celebrated sister restaurant, The Delta, in Wicker Park. Lil’ Delta features fan favorites from the original location, including their signature Mississippi Red Hot tamales and hush puppies, along with new and exciting fare.
Maharani Indian Cuisine (MBE)
- Maharani Indian Cuisine is the second location of Chef/Owner Amit Singh’s modern Indian concept, following his first opening within Inner Rail Food Hall in Omaha, NE in October 2019. Paying homage to Amit’s heritage, Maharani Indian Cuisine serves a variety of modern Indian dishes including kebabs, biryani, curry plates, naan, and more. Vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-free items are also available upon request.
- A community and value-driven, no fuss, New York via Staten Island-style pizzeria, Ottobagatto’s first brick-and-mortar location in Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall serves small pies, bright salads and Italian wrap sandwiches, called piadini, using thoughtfully sourced produce. Brought to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall by Chef/Owner Ed Carew, Ottobagatto’s signature pizza dough is carefully made using a long fermentation technique, making their pizzas extra delicious and more nutritious than typical processed doughs.
- A small-batch specialty roaster founded b lifelong coffee professional Joshua Millman in Chicago in 2011, Passion House Coffee meticulously sources freshly harvested beans from farms around the globe, hand-roasting them to achieve balanced, complex, and beautiful flavors. Marking the third location of the beloved roaster, the Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall location serves lattes, seasonal coffee, freshly roasted bags of coffee, and rotating pastries.
Viet Nom Nom (MBE)
Owned by Alan Moy, Viet Nom Nom is a Vietnamese-inspired quick service restaurant serving its own modern, healthful take on traditional classics like banh mis, summer rolls, and pho. The restaurant’s affordable and customizable menu features all housemade and from-scratch recipes, highlighting local ingredients, purveyors and community partners wherever possible. Viet Nom Nom packs flavor into every fresh, nutritious dish, seamlessly catering to the growing dietary needs of today’s modern diners with plenty of vegan, gluten- and dairy-free options.
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