The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 22, 2011
Dish on Sacramento's best state building dining options

By Torey Van Oot and Jon Ortiz

Had your fill of the run-of-the-mill lunch spots and food trucks surrounding the Capitol?

While there's no shortage of coffee and lunch locales in the area, we know some downtown denizens have yet to sample the many dining options shrouded behind the walls of state buildings.

So we've decided to start eating our way through the more than a dozen state-operated cafes and cafeterias in Sacramento to give our readers the full scoop on the highs and lows of these haunts.

First, we want your input on where we should start and what dishes we should be sure not to miss (or maybe ones we should avoid). Send your suggestions to If you make a good enough case for your favorite joint, we might even invite you to join us for an upcoming lunch.

Happy eating!

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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