The Peninsula has a splashy new food hall. Frankly, it’s boring and basic
Bruno Mars May 22, 2022 7 min read
The first time I went to the new State Street Market in Los Altos, I debated the definition of a food hall while picking over a waterlogged crab sandwich. Was State Street Market — a collection of mostly mediocre kiosks in a rehabbed grocery store — a true food hall?
With the ubiquity of food halls around the Bay Area and the country at large, years past their supposed boom in 2019, was it even worthwhile to hold food halls to a different standard than the mall food courts of yore? Beyond the stripped-down function of selling meals, what is a food hall for, anyway?