Sacramento - Group Lunch Near Conventn Ctr??
This is a reposting from earlier today. I realized that I had forgotten to put "Sacramento" in the title.
I need to reserve tables for 24 people within a short distance of the Convention Center, for a weekday lunch. Concerns: Not too pricey (non-profit group), variety of food (soups/salads/sandwiches/burgers, or maybe light Italian but not Il Fornaio), reasonably quick service. I have never been to Sacramento, so your help is greatly appreciated. I have looked at several other posts on Chow, but nothing seems to fit the bill.
(Thank you to the Chowhound who already answered to my previous post)
Bud's Buffet would be my choice. Not a lot of salad options, but the sandwiches and other entrees are good. It is cafeteria style so you can be served rather quickly and you don't need to reserve tables because they have lots of tables set up for big groups. It is very different from Lucca, it's more of working person's lunch spot. Lots of local color too, between the state workers and other folks that visit that area of town.
1615 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
1016 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
I'm assuming that by "short distance" you mean walking distance. That certainly narrows it down to virtually nothing. However, there are several possibilities along 16th Street between J and L. (The Convention Center is roughly 14th and J).
At 16th and J is a complex which includes PF Chang (not diverse, not cheap, not recommended), Mikuni (not cheap but good, especially for sushi) and Bustro 33 (probably fits all the criteria. The food is good but not exciting. They have soup, sandwiches, etc.)
At 16th and L is a group of newish restaurants including Sapporo (nicely done Japanese, less expensive than Mikuni but well done. They ARE new, so sushi rolls are all 50% off.) I have NOT tried any of the rest of the restaurants at his node but have heard good things. They include: a Greek place, can't remember the name; California Pizza Kitchen (also have sandwiches and salads); DeVere's Irish Pub, and the MIX (rooftop, "IN";, well appointed).
Right next door to the Convention Center, of course, are the Hyatt and Sheraton Grand hotels. They both have dining rooms which I haven't tried.