But none of these dishes were even close to as good as they would be at scores of easily accessible restaurants throughout the city, and so they raised questions: when and why did we buy into the notion that our every culinary whim should be met at the mall, at the match ?at every waking moment? Whatever happened to occasion-specific food and drink, and to the appreciation of its straightforward appeal?
Q : I think the bold "to" function as an adverb modifing a adverb "close". What do you think? I have not known this function before.