Bay Area locals flock to this 117-year-old market for a $6 lunch
There’s a buzz at the 117-year-old Takahashi Market in San Mateo. The local institution has been the go-to mom-and-pop shop for customers in search of hard-to-find Hawaiian and Japanese staples like pork lau lau, fresh poi and manju, which are generously stocked inside the tiny space. But for the past 17 years, the Bay Area grocery store has become more famous for its coveted $6 lunch.
Since 2006, the market has drawn crowds for its selection of 14 musubi flavors, made fresh by Takahashi Market’s third- and fourth-generation family owners. Co-owner Gene Takahashi said that during the market’s busiest days, his son and co-owner Bobby Takahashi cranks out 300 musubis alongside his team to feed the throng of customers who regularly line up out the door.