November 9, 2010

Bozeman Community Food Co-op – Re-visited

Coop

Reviewed by Craig Dugas.

■■■■ 4.5/5 “Best tofu in town.”

Eighteen months ago the Taste of Bozeman posted a review of a made-to-order sandwich from the Bozeman Community Food Co-op. As promised, we re-visited our local co-op 18 months later. And, well, here’s what we found out.

It turns out that ordering from the co-op takes a bit of practice, or at least a bit of instruction. When ordering the previously reviewed roast beef and Havarti on Ezekiel bread, I expected a hearty sandwich, packed with veggies. The sandwich I received had an average amount of meat and was very, very light on the veggies. To say the least, it was not satisfactory. Fast forward 18 months.

To truly appreciate the co-op, the last thing you want to do is order a sandwich you can get at any old deli. Leave the roast beefs to the New York delis, and order something a bit more adventurous. Try ordering the baked, seasoned tofu on Ciabatta, topped with carrots on a hummus spread. Although the chincy leaf of lettuce I received a year and a half ago still seems underwhelming, this time they did it right. Fresh veggies piled up and pressed back down when they firmly applied the top slice of bread. Whew!

But wait… there’s more! Their daily-made soups, self-serve salad bar, and behind-the-counter salad bar are not only fantastic, but are also accommodating to anyone’s simple or complex dietary desires.

Plus, most of the people that work there are really friendly!

I’m glad to have given the Bozeman Food Co-op another try, and suggest you stop by and try it out for yourself. Or maybe you already have. Share your experiences at the Bozeman Community Food Co-op in the comments below.