(Last UPDATED 9/8/2022) Description and review of Happy Hour at Cafeteria 15L, located in Downtown Sacramento. NEW: See “Cafeteria 15L Revisited” below.
I recently joined a friend at Cafeteria 15L in Downtown Sacramento for Happy Hour (Monday – Friday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.). We had a very enjoyable time catching up on the latest news and what was going on in our lives.
Cafeteria 15L has a popular Happy Hour and there is a very good reason. The generous-sized “small plates” are clearly a major attraction. Tip: Happy Hour service is offered exclusively in the bar and lounge so it is a good idea to get there sooner than later.
Cafeteria 15L is lively and bright – with a modern utilitarian décor. There are two outdoor patios, a comfortable lounge, and private and semi-private dining in addition to the main dining room. The food is casual comfort food.
At Happy Hour well drinks are $5, Wine is $6, and Specialty Cocktails are $7.
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It is always a good idea to eat something when drinking so we settled on two small plates to enjoy with our wine – the BBQ pulled pork sliders ($6) (slow cooked BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw, Hawaiian bread, pickled onion) and the Spicy Ahi Tune Poke ($7) (ahi tuna, avocado, orange and radish sprouts) served with won ton chips.
Based on previous Happy Hour visits I can also recommend the peach and tomato bruschetta ($5) (grilled bread, whipped goat cheese, basin and reduced balsamic), the Shrimp Haystack ($7) (shrimp, garlic butter sauce, shoestring potatoes, egg yolk), and the Trio of Fries ($6) (garlic, sweet potato, and BBQ with dipping sauces). I don’t eat fries often – so when I do they had better be “awesome” and these are.
I have always found the staff at Cafeteria 15L to be attentive, which always makes for a pleasant experience.
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Cafeteria 15L Revisited
(9/8/2022) A friend and I recently stopped by Cafeteria 15L for dinner prior to attending a performance at Music Circus. It was a nice day, not too hot, so we asked to be seated on the patio.
We mentioned to Ashley, our server, that we were going to the theatre, so she made a note and we received a 10% discount off our final bill. The theatre discount is valid with your same day theatre ticket – prior to or after the performance.
My friend ordered a Wedge Salad (ranch dressing, pickled onion, tomatoes, blue cheese, smoked bacon) ($12.95) and a cup of the Soup of the Day ($6.95). I chose the Grilled Chicken Cobb (grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, egg, blue cheese crumbles, tomato, herb ranch dressing) ($15.95).
My friend enjoyed her Wedge Salad, but the Soup of the Day, a creamy butternut squash, was the highlight of her meal. The soup was so delicious that she ordered another serving “to go” to enjoy the next day.
I had enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad at Cafeteria 15L previously, and did so again. The salad is huge, but I was obviously hungry as I ate almost every bite!
To Sum Up
To sum up, I have found over the years that Cafeteria 15L is always a good, reliable choice when dining downtown.
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