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Deck the food halls

Deck the food halls

No food hall is the same, but they share an objective: to offer a variety of diverse culinary experiences under one roof. Over the past decade, food halls have quietly proliferated across the American landscape and are estimated to skyrocket in number in the next few years. Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York have historically been hubs for these types of establishments — with Eataly considered by many to be the original catalyst for the modern-day trend — but San Diego is catching up quickly.

Food halls aren’t stereotypical mall food courts immortalized by ’80s movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Gone are the fluorescent lights and soulless chain...

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