Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 142: Side Bar Cafe

Many of the state office buildings scattered around the downtown area include cafes that are open to the public.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) building, which occupies the block of I Street between 13th & 14th Streets diagonally across from the CPCA office, is home to the Side Bar Cafe, which is a rather popular spot for certain of my colleagues.

The cafe is on the corner of I & 14th Streets and can be accessed by a side entrance on 14th Street or through the main DOJ entryway on I Street:

I've only been to the cafe a couple of times, usually to eat with co-workers when we don't have time to walk any farther.  Prices are reasonable, sandwiches are made to order, and the small salad bar has some nice offerings.  Even during the lunch rush, it's usually possible to find seats in the decent-sized dining room:

My primary objection to patronizing the cafe is the unfortunate and incessant utilization of Styrofoam containers.  Yuck!  Given the emphasis here in California on recycling and conservation, I'm confounded by the fact that a cafe in a state office building hasn't yet made the switch to more environmentally-friendly food containers.


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