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Tell us about your federal cafeteria

Attention, federal workers: You've read what we think about seven federal cafeterias. Now tell us what you think about the food in your buildings. Rank your cafeteria experience on a scale from 1 to 5 -- with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best -- on food quality, healthfulness and affordability. Then check back and see what other federal workers think about their cafeteria.

And to give us additional feedback, visit the comments section of today's article and tell us: Do you have a favorite? What needs to be improved? What dishes or stations would you be sorry to see change?

By Cameron Smith  |  July 13, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
 | Tags: cafeteria food, poll  
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We don't have a cafeteria at EPA. They shut it down. We don't even have potable water, the signs in the bathroom warns it's for external use only.

The food court in Reagan is terrible: Subway, Quizno's, Sbarro...

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | July 14, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

NIH - cafe is fairly good. Enough options, with healthy choices mixed in. But it is quite high, which is something I fail to understand. Breakfast is actually quite cheap though.

Posted by: law3 | July 14, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the article that the PTO cafe food is way too salty. I think Sodexho does that everywhere they provide the food service though for some reason. At least there are lots of choices and some of the food at the grill for example are fairly innovative sandwiches. They aren't afraid to experiment with flavors.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 14, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The food at NIH varies depending on which building you eat in. Some buildings have more healthy choices than others with a small cafeteria where only a grill and fried food is available. Also, as a vegetarian the options are limited no matter which cafeteria you go to so if you eat there on a regular basis, it gets pretty boring very quickly.

One of the biggest problems that wasn't addressed in the article is the length of the lines. Certain stations are so popular that you can spend your entire lunch hour waiting in line just to get your food (ie the Wednesday Mexican salad bowl).

Posted by: RazorGirl | July 14, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

About the only thing my cafeteria manages to do right is the salad bar, and even there choices are limited. But there are only so many ways to mess up fresh vegetables. Price is decent. Lower than DC average for salad.

I bring my lunch. When I don't, I usually hit a nearby place. I have to be pretty desperate to go to ours.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | July 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The cafeteria run by Sodexho at the New Carrolton Federal Building is overpriced, usually pretty bad, and I really think they are actively trying to give us food poisoning. The food is often about room temperature. When the staff drops utensils on the floor they wipe them with a dirty rag and continue to use them. That said, they must be up for a new contract because in the past couple of weeks they appear to be almost trying again. I sure hope GSA replaces Sodexho soon!

Posted by: JohninMD | July 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

USDA Columbus, OH - Our cafeteria tries to put out good food; however it always seems to miss the mark. We don't have a salad bar, we don't know the calories or fat content of the daily meal, and the sandwiches are made with subpar ingredients. Having choices and/or options is what our cafeteria lacks the most; it would be virtually impossible to eat there every day. The one good thing is the friendliness of the employees.

Posted by: Chooks2 | July 19, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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