Citizens Market at Phipps Plaza offers international-inspired eats

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  • Published on February 9, 2024
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From Mediterranean to Pan-Asian, Citizens Market has something for everyone.

The food hall is one of the trendiest ventures in the culinary scene in recent years. For those unfamiliar, the idea is quite simple: a collection of small, locally-owned and developed restaurant concepts all reside under one roof, making for a haven of culinary exploration. These spaces are perfect for indecisive foodies who have a tough time making a decision about what to eat, or those who desire to sample a little bit of everything.

Atlanta is no stranger to food halls, as the city has over 10 of them scattered throughout the city. Citizens Market, housed in Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, joined the fold in 2023 and makes for a pretty delicious addition to ATL.

Citizens Market is a joint effort between the fastest growing food tech platform, C3, and Legends, a global premium experience company. Together, the pair created a 25,000-square-foot culinary playground that encourages hungry guests to engage their taste buds with flavors that span globally. The space features eight stalls that offer anything from juicy burgers to slurpable ramen, some of which are the brainchildren of reputable chefs including Dani Garcia, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and Italian chef Dario Cecchini.

In addition to the eats, Citizens Market also contains full-service indoor and outdoor bars that serve craft cocktails for mixed beverage connoisseurs and local Atlanta brews for craft-beer lovers, and more. A daily happy hour from 3 PM to 6 PM is also perfect for the folks who like tasty eats with their drinks.

Directly outside of the food hall is a lavish greenspace aptly named The Green. This space, which lies between Citizens Market and One Phipps Plaza office tower, is utilized for entertainment, special events, and dining.

Cocktail from Citizens Market. (Credit: Mood & Theory)

Keep reading to learn about the deliciousness Citizens Market has awaiting for you.

Umami Burger

Umami, one of the five basic tastes (in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter), is the primary focus of this stall. The rich savory flavor profile is present in each burger recipe on the menu, such as the Truffle Burger – adorned with a truffle aioli, truffle-infused cheese, truffle glaze, umami dust, and Master Sauce – and the Umami Burger, which features umami ketchup, braised shitake mushroom, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, caramelized onions, umami dust, and Master Sauce.

Krispy Rice

Krispy Rice combines sophistication and convenience in its dining experience. The expansive menu features appetizers, a la carte crispy rice options, hand rolls, cut maki rolls, and specialty cut maki rolls. Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s Original Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Krispy Shrimp Handroll, a classic California Roll, and more.

Sam’s Crispy Chicken

As the name suggests, Sam’s is all about the poultry. Guests can take their pick of crispy or grilled chicken for any of the restaurant’s sandwiches: the classic sandwich, Sam’s Original Chicken Sandwich, the ever-so-trendy Nashville Hot, and their buffalo sandwich. Sandwiches can be combined with waffle fries and a drink to make it a complete meal. And what’s a chicken sandwich without the perfect side to accompany it? Luckily, Sam’s has a few to choose from, including loaded waffle fries and three mac and cheese varieties.


Sa’Moto is Citizens Market’s pan-Asian concept from the mind of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The menu consists of succulent sticky ribs, crispy tempura-fried shrimp, and signature noodle soups.

Sa’Moto, created by Iron Chef Morimoto, is Citizens Market’s pan-Asian eatery. (Credit: Mood & Theory)

Firebelly Wings

Whether you prefer drums or flats, all wing lovers are welcome at Firebelly Wings. The straightforward menu highlights the classic finger food by offering customers the option of either six or 10 traditional or boneless wings. The wings are coated with either lemon pepper, Nashville, classic BBQ, or classic buffalo sauce, and served with celery, carrots, and one of three dipping sauces (blue cheese, ranch and their Comeback sauce). Sides include waffle fries and mac and cheese.

Cicci di Carne

Chef Dario Cecchini’s butcher shop in Tuscany was the inspiration for this stall. Cicci di Carne takes pride in its fresh meats, which you can get piled high on a sandwich, served wither warm or cold.

El Pollo Verde

El Pollo Verde, created by chef Dani Garcia, is inspired by the flavors of South America. Guests can choose to feast on a bowl, wrap, or salad, all of which feature star ingredients from the region. There is also a Build Your Own option where guests can play chef and create their own culinary masterpiece.

Soom Soom

Soom Soom is another Mediterranean-inspired stall that offers sides such as hummus, baba ganoush, rice and more; and a variety of pita wraps and plates, including chicken shawarma, chicken kebob and Soom Soom’s falafel.

Food options offered at Citizens Market at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, GA. (Credit: Mood & Theory)

Roshae Hemmings is an arts and culture magazine journalist from St. Louis, MO. A graduate from the Missouri School of Journalism, Roshae has bylines in the Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine and 5280 Magazine discussing topics ranging from pop culture, social justice and eat and drink. She is a foodie at heart and enjoys eating food as much as learning about the story behind it. You can reach Roshae via email at

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