This is a quaint, ramshackle feminist vegetarian cafe bookstore. So, it has a lot going on all at once. The main room is pretty dark and filled with old wood mismatched tables and chairs, some of which are wobbly and ill-suited for eating a meal.
Bloodroot is in a weird location, right on a residential street dead end. When you're following the directions here, don't be worried if you seem to be in the middle of a bunch of houses, and not in a commercial corridor.
I found it weird that a feminist store would sell dairy products, given that dairy is the ultimate exploitation of female animals. But this place is from the 1970s, when eco-feminist thought was not as developed. Still, Bloodroot would do well to get with the times and go fully vegan as that's more in line with modern feminism.
I had the tofu scramble ($8), a side of homemade vegan sausage ($4), a cup of tea ($2) and a slice of caramel coconut cake ($5).
The tofu scramble was okay, but not great. It need more spice (maybe some green chilis?) and a little more moisture (consider adding more onions, or some roasted red peppers). The sausage was also okay, but not great; I prefer chewier, more moist seitan, whereas this stuff was dry and crumbly. It mixed well with the tofu scramble, though. I think if they'd marinated the sausage in some kind of mushroom gravy it would have been stellar.
The tea was a pretty lame bagged brand. I was expecting loose-leaf, especially given the look and feel of Bloodroot, and the steep price ($2) for a cup. Also, you have to boil your own water (in an electric kettle); this was not only strange, but also dangerous, as their kettle is on a hutch where they keep the sugar/spoons/napkins, as well as a long surge protector. That must be violating some kind of safety code.
Lastly I had a slice of coconut caramel cake to go. This cake was awesome---light, airy, subtly sweet and perfectly moist; my roommate also loved it and he's not vegan.
All in all, Bloodroot is an unusual place. The food isn't awesome, but it's definitely edible. It's pricey considering the small portion sizes. Also, they could stand to up their quality in some areas, such as the tea. That said, I'll probably return to try some of their lunch offerings.