Great Grains Market & Cafe

Albert Lea, Minnesota

Closed as of Dec 6 10

112 South Broadway Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-373-3000

Vegan

4.1 / 4 votes

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Vegan, non-profit market and cafe

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Grocery/Bakery/Deli, Caterer, Other

This non-profit cafe and market aims to be a community spot for nutrition and healthy living.

The cafe features a salad bar, sandwiches with mockmeats and more, while the market stocks basic vegetarian and vegan supplies.

Note the hours here are for the cafe, which closes earlier than the market. See their website for market hours.

Added by conde.kedar on Aug 26 09 (last updated May 4 11)

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How on earth did a 100% vegan cafe open somewhere other than the Twin Cities?! Ah, well.

I enjoyed my lunch at Great Grains. The service was fantastic and we had a good time chatting with one of the folks who runs the place. I had their special of the day, Jamaican rice and beans with pico de gallo. Not bad, but nothing to write home (or reviews) about. My partner had the avocado sandwich, which was pretty awesome for an avocado sandwich. I guess I'm just not terribly impressed with the menu. I can get a veggie burger and a baked potato anywhere. Also, if their mission is to support the health of the local community, they could probably come up with some more health-focused dishes.

In short, Great Grains is good, but they will need to exercise a little more imagination before I can call it great.

* Keep an eye out if you are shopping. A few items in their store are not vegan.

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Atmosphere: 4.0
This isn't a place to take someone for a romantic date out. It is, as it says, a cafe -- and it does that cafe-type feel very well. It's an adorable little place, with seating downstairs -- sort of typical, average cafe-style, though the very high ceilings were nice -- as well as seating upstairs -- a staircase in the back leads up to a little loft-like area, arranged like someone's living room. The upstairs area, where we sat, was absolutely homey and adorable, with low, beautiful ceilings, a couch, several padded chairs, and dining tables, and which overlooked the rest of the cafe and market.

Service: 5.0
First of all, everyone who worked there was extremely friendly, made us feel welcome and at home, and made sure we got everything we needed. Secondly, though the smoothies took a little longer to come out, that isn't saying much, since everything, including the food, came out practically instantaneously. I literally ordered, went to wash up, and then went to sit back at our table, and the food was there.

Food: 5.0
It's a cafe, so it has cafe-type food, which I usually think of as simple and easy to veganize, and therefore not all that exciting. That said, Great Grains Cafe's food blew me away. Everything was absolutely fresh, the flavors for the sandwiches and wraps (especially the avocado sandwich and the mediterranean wrap) were delicious, the ingredients playing well together. Even the (homemade) bread was the best bread I've ever had. The entire, not-very-expensive meal was extremely filling, but in a way that felt healthy, rather than heavy. The baked goods we tried -- the apricot pastry, cinnamon roll, and date roll -- were, of course, also delicious. Both the pastry and the date roll's dough was extremely flaky and perfectly textured, and the apricot pastry was still warm.

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Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)

Features

  • Brunch
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Wi-Fi

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Hours

closed
10am - 5:30pm
10am - 8pm
10am - 3pm
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