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  • JoyM Jul 11, 2006 06:56 PM
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This is kind of a weird question, but does anyone have anything good to say about any of the cafeterias in any of the government (county, state or federal) buildings in the Bay Area?

You see, I work for the government, in a building w/ a cafeteria whose food, well, it won't actually kill you, probably, but that's about the best that can be said about it. Fortunately, the manager's retiring, and like a good hound I volunteered for the Cafeteria Committee. The problem is, by state law all gov't cafeterias in California have to be run a graduate of a special state program, which means a very limited set of possible vendors, so our options are not extensive.

So, I'd like to be able to point to some other cafeterias in the area and say "Like that -- that's what we want." Even if there's one thing about the place that's good -- the salad bar, the hot dishes, the setup, anything, it would be helpful.

And please, no gripes. I'm on the Cafeteria Committee, remember, and I already have files full of them.

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  1. I have a friend at Google who cannot stop raving about their fresh, healthy, delicious cafeteria food.

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    1. re: Maya

      Uh, Google's not actually the government. Not yet.

    2. Wen I worked near Civic Center, we sometimes went to the Terrace Cafeteria on the second floor of the State Workmen's Comp Building(?) at Ninth and Market for lunch. The food wasn't bad, and they had daily specials; as I recall, I actually kind of looked forward to the fish 'n' chips on Fridays.

      1. Check out the cafeteria on the second floor of the federal courthouse building on Golden Gate Avenue. A wide variety of choices and ethnicities for both breakfast and lunch.

        1. there is a true "restaurant" in a state building up in Sacramento, and i am pretty certain it's also through the blind-vendor program. you can check w/ dgs to see if that is an option, now that the seal has been broken? Otherwise, you're pretty limited to whomever is the lowest bidder.

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          1. re: dpickle

            A "real" restaurant! Got any idea which state bldg?

          2. From what my mom says, the cafeteria that services Coast Guard Island on Alameda is fairly cheap and serves fairly large portions.

            As for whether it's rises above cafeteria-level tastewise, that I couldn't tell you.

            1. "The problem is, by state law all gov't cafeterias in California have to be run a graduate of a special state program"

              Which special state program? From the look of things I don't know if any vendor is a graduate of any program at all, not even the school of hard knocks. I work for a state University and we have some pretty good options. Outside vendors include a crepes place, an Indian place, and a Vietnamese place. But I don't know the requirement of state government buildings.