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“If you're looking for vegan/organic, you found it”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Backroom Deli - CLOSED

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Backroom Deli
Price range: US$5 - US$10
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Rochester, Minnesota
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“If you're looking for vegan/organic, you found it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

Very very good food. All of it is vegan or organic or both. Much of the food prepared is also local. Recipes are very good, very flavorful. My favorites are the cajun tofu sandwich (which comes with a side salad), the home fries, and the hummus with pita wedges.

Visited September 2011
Thank Benjamin H
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Vegan food in Rochester!?!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2008

The Backroom Deli is a great little soup, sandwich, and salad place in the back of a natural foods store. Best of all, it caters to the small vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant, and gluten-free crowd, a rare find in a city the size of Rochester. Almost all the food is made from scratch and there are no animal products used in the kitchen, which is assuring for the very conscious vegan.
Some of their my favorite items are the Awesome wrap (cajun-spiced tofu with grilled vegetables), the Oat Pecan Burger (huge!), and the BLT with tempeh bacon. You can't really go wrong with any entree.
The soups are hit or miss, since they're mostly made up by the cooks. Sometimes they're underseasoned, but that's a fairly easy fix (it's called a salt shaker). I'd recommend trying each one before ordering to find what suits you best.
They have a wide selection of deli-case salads, half of which vary daily. The hummus is good (though a little dry) and the "egg" salad tastes real. Sometimes the salad case has some delicious surprises, like kim chi, a BBQ tempeh concoction, or Greek salad.
They also have great smoothies, made to order juices, and some surprisingly yummy vegan desserts.
My only complaint is that since the change of management, the prices have gone up and the quality and creativity of the food have gone down. You can still get good food, but it isn't quite what it used to be.

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