Thursday, November 20, 2014

Plates Cafe - Sacramento, CA ---- November 20, 2014

Ken and I have nothing better to do on this rainy day than to run a couple of errands in Sacramento and of course to try a new lunch spot.

Our first stop is at Lam Kwong Deli and Market(link) in the south downtown area of Sacramento.
I need to pick up some Baked Cha Sui Bao to take home to freeze.  These are often referred to as "Pork Buns".
Shot looking north from U Street.

This is looking through the entrance doorway.

They have quite an extensive number of items for the size of this small market.

This is the steam table where the precooked items are kept warm

From Lam Kwong we take the three block drive to Osaka-ya(link)  the traditional Japanese confectioner.
 They also sell some packaged Bento, Japanese lunches as well as other packaged items.
But the mainstay of their business is their mochi and manju.

They are celebrating their 50th year in business.

On the way from here to lunch at Plates Cafe (link) Ken is going to pick up his granddaughter who is a Freshman at Sacramento State.

Plates is located far from downtown in a part of what was once the Sacramento Army Depot.
It is a part of a program for homeless women and children.  More information here (Link).

Plates is open for lunch only from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
The current menu
Here is Ken and his granddaughter reading the menu.

Plates has been in business for the past 5 years.  Perhaps they started out as a cafeteria like place.

Now there are waitresses and white table cloths.  Notice in the background that the room in the back has been rented out for a luncheon meeting.

Two of us have the Portobello Mushroom Sandwich while Ken has the Shrimp Tacos.
I forgot to take the photos until half way through eating.
My side is the sweet potato fries

Ken's comes with chips and salsa

Granddaughter has the fries
A mural that is in keeping with the Plates theme.  Each leaf contains the name of a graduate of the program.

Before heading home we stopped at Grateful Bread (link) and Oto's Market.


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