Can’t agree on where to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner? How about a place with 6 different restaurants with dozens of dishes, a big screen playing the ballgame, plenty of room to wander and a nicely stocked bar? The Hall just opened on Market Street in San Francisco, and while it’s become a hot spot for tech workers and culinary-minded locals, it’s also a hangout well suited to those with little ones in tow.
Choices, Choices, Choices
This former pool hall is now lined with stalls serving up food from around the globe. There’s Vietnamese (Little Green Cyclo), Moroccan (Cassia), Indian (Raj & Singh) and plenty of local bounty (Fine & Rare, Whole Beast), not to mention coffee, juice and a bar serving up local beers and wine. While the dishes are more inventive than infantile (no grilled cheese or chicken fingers found here), the options are plentiful enough that everyone can find something that satisfies, from burgers to roasted chicken to tacos. The best part? No one has to agree.
Free Range Eating
The space was designed for socializing, and features, lots of different seating options, from long picnic-style tables, high bar-top tables with stools (maybe not the best for squirmers or those using a high chair) and even a semi-private family style table tucked into a corner. Picnic tables out front are also an option, but the neighborhood still has some growing up to do, so it’s probably best to stick within the screened-in interior. But it all has a cafeteria vibe, and with a game typically on, there’s no need to keep quiet or sit still. Highchairs are available.
Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.–8 p.m., The Hall is a welcoming option in a neighborhood with few others. It’s a pioneer on a downtrodden block that is being transformed at lightening speed, but growing pains include limited parking and a street populated by plenty of colorful characters. But it’s located right at the Civic Center Bart station, and just a few short block from the Main library, which houses one of the best children’s reading rooms around. The Civic Center playground is older but offers a contained place to run, swing and climb. A short walk in the other direction, bustling Union Square boasts cable cars and unlimited shopping. In the mood for ice skating, bowling or a carousel ride? Yerba Buena Gardens is an easy walk as well. So for a day or urban adventuring, The Hall is a hip place to fill bellies both big and little.
1028 Market St.
San Francisco, Ca
Hours: 8 a.m.–8 p.m., every day
What’s your favorite stall at The Hall??
All images courtesy of The Hall