Houston Market

Houston Market is located on the lower level of Houston Hall. A popular lunch and dinner scene 7 days a week for the Penn community, guests can choose from hand-rolled sushi; a made-to-order pasta bar; a cooked-to-perfection grill station; made-to-order salad bar; an internationally-inspired hot and cold meal station; and savory soups. We also offer individually wrapped desserts, perfect for a single serving of indulgence; gluten-free snacks; grab-and-go options; a variety of bottled beverages; and made-to-order smoothies.

In 2018, Houston Market underwent a complete renovation this summer and added Saturday hours. In addition to your old favorites, we now offer a Mongolian Grill and a New Market Café. The Café features La Colombe coffee and espresso drinks, Balthazar Bakery pastries, Capogiro gelato, as well as other grab-and-go items. The Market café will have have longer hours, Monday-Thursday 8 am to 10 pm; Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to 3 pm; and Sundays noon to 7 pm.

The full list of eight new food options at the Market featuring food prepared from scratch using responsibly-sourced, local ingredients includes:

  • The Market Café – featuring La Colombe coffee products, fresh baked goods, gelato, and quick bites.
  • Ginger @Spruce! – interactive cooking on a Mongolian grill featuring bowls of fresh, local vegetables, a variety of proteins, rice and noodles, topped off with sauces
  • Ivy Leaf  –  freshly made salads and Mezze bowls with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine
  • 34th Street Carvery – house- roasted meats, fresh breads and a selection of vegetables, and house-made spreads
  • HM Street Cart – A Grab’n’Go selection of Globally-inspired street cart fare offering both hot and cold options for those on the go.
  • Houston Grill – Packed with traditional menu options as well as specially curated chef’s favorites, the HM Grill focuses a variety of meats along with sauces, and toppings
  • Bento -– Traditional sushi and sashimi along with perennial favorites like edamame, steamed gyoza, seaweed salad, Ramen bowls, Rice Bowls, and hand rolls
  • Pi – Wood-fired pizzas, flatbreads, strombolis featuring fresh, Jersey tomato sauce and house-made dough; as well as a seasonally changing, tossed-to-order Pasta Bar featuring proteins, toppings and Severino pasta

Meet the Team

Mark Scarpa

Assistant Manager


Holly Handy

Assistant Manager


Khori Thomas

Executive Chef



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