Kumamoto oysters, margherita flatbread, Tin Pot Creamery ice cream and more
By Sara Hayden
State Street Market is now open in Los Altos. The wait is high with the arrival of the region’s own food hall which will eventually have 20,000 square feet dedicated to a mix of food vendors, a restaurant, a sweatshop and an educational kitchen.
State Street Market in Los Altos opened in September. (Photo by Sara Hayden)
The State Street Market team is working hard to get everything fully operational, starting with serving a limited number of restaurants. Dinner there? We hung up a table during opening week. Here’s what to expect …
Find out what’s open
When we came for lunch, food and drink options were available at Banks & Braes, Murdoch’s, Grains & Greens, Ostro, and Tin Pot Creamery. Each restaurant has a special menu for the opening.
“I imagine a place where people of all ages can hang out together, eat and enjoy the community,” says Anne Wojcicki, director of Los Altos Community Investments. State Street Market offers indoor and outdoor spaces for people to come together. (Photo courtesy of Los Altos Community Investments)
Others will follow, including Bao Bei by Meichih and Michael Kim and El Alto by Traci Des Jardins. In the future, some retail options will also be available so you can take a taste of the market home with you.
Come early for dinner out
On the day of our visit, State Street Market opened at 11 a.m. and traffic picked up for lunch for a lively atmosphere.
Takeout is available, but one of the market’s most promising attractions is the ability to take advantage of the physical space and get together with others. This was one of the sources of inspiration for the project developed by Los Altos Community Investments.
“One of the reasons we created the State Street Market is because I love the community of Los Altos,” Anne Wojcicki, director of LACI (and CEO of 23andMe) said in a statement. “I imagine a place where people of all ages can spend time together, eat and enjoy the community.”
The indoor room is not open to the public at the moment, but tables are available outside, a great option to enjoy the architecture outside. Design firm Gensler has redesigned the space that once housed a food market, taking inspiration from the property’s original designer with the idea that architecture can transform everyday life.
Red brick, wooden furniture, wrought iron details, and colorful tiles with pops of blue, yellow, and white create a bright, sunny space during the day. Light strings and heat lamps warm up the evening.
Bring your phone
To reduce physical contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurant establishments have moved away from paper menus. State Street Market is one of them. To place an order, you may need to use a smartphone.
At the market, scan a QR code on the posted signs. From a single website, you can order food and drink from any of the open restaurants and bars in a single transaction. If you run into a technical bug and need help, the team is ready to guide you. Once the team has prepared your order, they will bring it to your table.
Keep an eye on the self-service area
Towels, cups, water, and take-out boxes are available near the outdoor seating area. Take what you need on your way to your table.
Find the Tin Pot Creamery ice cream at the State Street Market in Los Altos. During market opening week, this Cookie Monster ice cream scoop came with bites of cookie dough, cookie crumbs and candy “eyeballs”. (Photo by Sara Hayden)
Eat drink and be happy
Digging is one of the best parts. Here’s a look at what we ate from the vendors that were open when we visited during opening week. Be sure to check their schedules and menus for the most recent options.
Beverages: The State Street Market beverage menu includes draft beers, wines by the glass or decanter, coconut water, kombucha, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. The seasonal, alcohol-free cocktail contains iced pomegranate shrubs, cardamom and orange juice. With a fresh citrus slice, it has a sparkling finish that makes orange sing alongside the acidity of pomegranate.
Margherita flatbread, topped with Banks & Braes tomato, mozzarella and basil sauce. It was one of the many restaurants that were operational for State Street Market’s opening week. Others will open soon. (Photo by Sara Hayden)
Banks & Braes: At Banks & Braes, find flatbreads, burgers, roast chicken and mussels. We opted for a margherita flatbread, won over by the simplicity of the tomato flavor and the herbal aroma of basil over sweet mozzarella.
Murdoch: Named after Prohibition-era bootlegger Steven Murdoch of Los Altos, this restaurant offers small plates to share like olives, kernels, chips and fries, macaroni and cheese, and fresh vegetables. and salads. Served with a cup of vegetables and fruit, children’s meals are also available, including a gluten-free mac and cheese option.
A Murdoch’s cheese board at the State Street Market with selections from Cowgirl Creamery, nuts and dried fruits. (Photo by Sara Hayden)
For something bigger to share around the table, opt for a “pasture board,” available with veg, meat and cheese options. The latter features cheeses from the Cowgirl Creamery, including Mount Tam, Red Hawk, Chimney Rock, and Wagon Wheel cheeses, as well as crunchy and rich nuts, slices of crisp and crisp peppers, plump raisins, dried figs and slightly floral honey.
Cereals and green vegetables: This restaurant showcases products from area farms in salads, cereal bowls, wraps and smoothies. In the bowl of roasted cauliflower and chickpeas with Madras curry, the mint raita adds a sparkling freshness and the golden raisins add sweetness to the crunchy chickpeas and cucumber, tender cauliflower and quinoa. .
Oysters on the Ostro half-shell at the State Street Market in Los Altos. (Photo by Sara Hayden)
Ostro: It is a supplier of sustainable seafood and wines. On the opening menu, Ostro offered a selection of three oysters. Served over crushed ice, each oyster has a ripple of tender flesh. The Kumamoto is exceptionally creamy; Marin Miyagi and Hama Hama have a soft salinity reminiscent of the sea breeze. Enjoy the shell directly, or add lemon, champagne mignonette or cocktail sauce.
Tin Pot Creamery: This ice cream shop has roots in Los Altos, started in the kitchen of founder Becky Sunseri. The market’s Tin Pot outpost picked up vanilla pods and rich chocolate during opening week. We opted for the intriguing “Cookie Monster” flavor. Topping it off with a waffle cone for added crunch, we enjoyed its playful presentation – candy eyeballs, cookie dough bites, cookie crumbs and all.
State Street Market // 170 State Street, Los Altos
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