I give The Raw Deal an extra star for being gutsy enough to serve raw vegan food in an area known for cheese curds and bratwurst. Indeed, as the person working there told me, The Raw Deal's food has "challenged" many locals.
The cafe itself is enormous---probably 6,000 square feet of vast, open space with a small balcony area, too. When I went an old man was reading a newspaper at the counter and a young guy had fallen asleep on a 1970s floral-pattern sofa. It was otherwise empty with Norah Jones' tinny voice barely carrying in the expanse.
The desolation and eerie silence of The Raw Deal was a bit off-putting. I felt like every time I chewed my tasty, well-made "green burrito" ($5.95) the noise echoed around the empty, gigantic space. They might do well to get some more furniture and decorations and maybe add some steady programming.
The food is made elsewhere and varies from day to day but is all raw and all vegan. It's on par with the quality of Ecopolitan (for those of you from Minneapolis) and there's a wide variety of dessert options. I tried two flavors of "Lil Cups of Heaven" bon-bons, both of which were good, but only consisted of two bites and cost $2.25 a piece. A slice of choco-pie was also delicious and super-filling (it could have been a meal in itself) and cost a more reasonable $4.95, which is about right, considering the size of it. They don't have soy milk as an option for drinks, but they do have almond milk, which was a pleasant surprise.
The service is friendly and the location is quaint in old Menomonie. The place is entirely family-run and apparently gramps even hand-grinds the coffee himself. If you're from the Twin Cities and headed toward Madison/Milwaukee/Chicago, it's a convenient pit stop as it's located only two miles off of I-94. It'd be a nice place to take a day trip, too, as there are lakes and trails within walking distance of the cafe.