Approximately 7AM - 4PM (depends on individual vendors)
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The Food Court at the Capital Center is a great (but hidden away) place downtown to sit down and get out of the weather and maybe even buy some food. Enter the Capital Center lobby at 50 East State, and head up the escalator. The food court is an enormous space on the mezzanine level.
It’s nearly charming, with tall ceilings, tiled floors, and comfortable chairs. It gets busy at lunch, but even then there are nooks and crannies where you can find quiet. If you need to kill a couple of hours between appointments, you can buy a cup of coffee or a sandwich, and be quite cozy while you work on your tablet or laptop. No one will bother you.
Like most food courts, food quality is a pot luck, depending on which vendor you buy from. None here are chains, and most (I’m told by a couple of faithful customers) are quite good (except the Chinese joint, which I’ve been warned to avoid). In one place you’ve got a choice of:
- Capital Dog (hot dogs)
- Capital Deli (mostly deli sandwiches)
- Two Brothers Trattoria (Pizza and Italian entrees)
- Corner Cafe (coffee and cafe food like paninis/salads)
- Golden Chicken (chicken entrees and sandwiches)
- Chinatown (chinese food)
We’ll check out these vendors and potentially review them individually.