West End Capitol Mall Lunch Options

 Finding a Lunch Spot Can Be Challenging

It seems like Sacramento gains and loses eateries weekly so finding a lunch spot can be challenging, especially on the west end of Capitol Mall, but in the area bordered by 5th Street, 8th Street, N Street and Downtown Plaza, there are several choices for all tastes and pocketbooks.

River City Brewing is alive in the Downtown Plaza. It is one of a handful of businesses that have not closed in preparation for the mall’s transformation into Sacramento’s new sports and entertainment complex. River City opens at 11:30 a.m., has menu items under $15 and does charge $1 for dipping sauce to accompany its many appetizers.

Two restaurants on L Street begin serving lunch at 11:00 a.m. Foundation Restaurant & Bar at 400 L Street opened in 2013, replacing 4th Street Bar & Grille, which had occupied that corner location for many years. While Foundation offers lunches under $20, its emphasis is on its happy hour. Frank Fat’s at 806 L Street opened in 1939, received the James Beard Foundation America’s Classic Award in 2013 and serves Asian and American dishes in a fine dining atmosphere. This flagship restaurant caters to the lunch crowd with two menus and most items priced under $20. The Capitol Power Lunch menu features five selections at $10.95 each.

At 400 Capitol Mall is Il Fornaio, one of three eateries on Capitol Mall. Open at 11 a.m., Il Fornaio features traditional Italian fare, including gluten free choices, priced under $25. At 455 Capitol Mall is My Sister’s Café. This new restaurant benefits My Sister’s House, a non-profit organization that serves Asian and Pacific Islander women and children affected by domestic violence. The café opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast and is staffed primarily by volunteers.

Two eateries offer deli menus and open early. Capitol Deli at 1225 8th Street, #110 opens at 7 a.m., closes at 4 p.m. and features a menu with traditional and gourmet sandwiches priced under $10, an espresso bar and daily specials.

With a 6 a.m. opening and 8 p.m. closing plus weekend hours, General Store and Deli provides the most convenience. Located at 500 Capitol Mall, #130, its entrance is at 5th and N Street. The deli counter offers hot and cold sandwiches in two sizes, several bread and wrap choices, including spinach, and keeps its prices under $7. Daily specials include a Thursday Farmers’ Market discount, breakfast special and a free soft drink for liking General Store and Deli’s Facebook page.

Its fully stocked coffee and drink bar features Boyds coffee, sodas, icees and a cappuccino machine. The general store’s array of groceries, snacks and essentials, including lactaid and soy milk, cake mix, spices, laundry detergent, greeting cards and over the counter medicines, can accommodate lunch goers who want lunch and a few extras.