In fact, we think it's places like Washington Platform that create a downtown that people enjoy -- even if they don't work nearby.
Lunchtime fare is the kind that keeps people coming back, prepared by a kitchen that makes everything seem homemade. I had the special -- batter-fried perch filets with macaroni and cheese ($7.75). It was a great meal: The crunchy batter was flavorful, and the mac & cheese had a stick-to-your-ribs quality that distinguishes it from fast-food choices. (Sadly, the cole slaw was too soupy to be enjoyed, but the fresh pineapple slice on the plate was a nice touch.)
One colleague had a bowl of seafood gumbo ($3.50) and deemed it flavorful and hearty, full of tasty seafood chunks. Another had a Pecan Chicken Salad ($7.75), nut-dusted slices of chicken over a bed of Romaine lettuce with cucumber and tomato slices. The vinaigrette dressing had a nice kick, and the accompanying slices of fresh pineapple and a dinner role made for a fine meal.
If you're seeking a pleasant stop for food you'll remember a day to two later, try lunch Monday-Friday at Washington Platform.