The Place: Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
Bloomingfoods is primarily a Cooperative grocery, but they also have a deli in the back where you can get freshly made sandwiches or pick up something from the salad bar or buffet. They also have a smoothies and a dessert table. I had eaten here once before, but this was Erik‘s first time.
Thursday, June 15, 2006, around 8pm
Throughout this project, we have discussed what counts as a restaurant. Do they have to be open for dinner? Have places to sit? What about take out only? We have concluded that for our purposes, a restaurant needs to have places to sit, so that a take-out only pizza place would not count, and also that they must serve meals. Cold Stone Creamery and Jiffy Treat are not restaurants. With this in mind, Bloomingfoods Deli just barely counts as a restaurant. Although they do serve meals, and they technically have places to eat, you have to go through the grocery store checkout line to pay for the food, and then go past the registers to go outside to find the tables and chairs. An awning covers some of the picnic tables and chairs outside.
Bloomingfoods is great for specialized diets: vegetarian, vegan, no gluten, no wheat, etc. Erik or I are neither of these, but I can still appreciate it being available. They have a salad bar and buffet, you variety of pre-made desserts, an olive bar, and you can order sandwiches, smoothies or a variety of juices.
We ordered and shared the Arty Chick and the Meaty Moment sandwiches. The Arty Chick had roasted chicken, spinach-artichoke dip, red onions, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella heated and rolled up in a spinach wrap. I ordered it without onions, and took the tomatoes out of my half. I would never have thought to put mozzarella on a sandwich, but it was quite good. The wrap was nice, although it seemed like it was way to big for how much stuff they put in it. The Meaty Moment (turkey, ham, cheddar, pepper jack, spinach, mustard, bbq sauce, served warm on a french baguette) was pretty good, too. I don’t really like mustard, but still enjoyed the sandwich.
We finished off with a cream cheese brownie and a peanut butter/chocolate chip bar. Both were quite excellent.
In the excitement of the food, we forgot to get drinks. After finishing our sandwiches, we went back in to the grocery part of the store and looked through their eclectic soda selection. They do have smoothies and juices at the deli, but we wanted soda or water.I opted against soda, but Erik got a 4-pack of Natural Brew handcrafted Draft Root Beer. They list the flavors that they use, and you can taste almost all of them, which sometimes isn’t so good. We still have the 3 unopened bottles on our countertop.
The 2 people behind the counter were nice. It took a few minutes to get our sandwiches, but nothing ridiculous. Eating outside, you have to clear your own table and make sure not to throw away the dishes, but this is all part of going to a coop.
Sandwiches were $5-7, and you get a decent amount. Still could have used a little more food, but I know that we were paying for some good quality.
This barely-a-restaurant is a-ok in my book. I would eat there just to support a local coop, but the food was pretty good, too.
How Often Would I Go Back?
Once a month.