Well, I was in the mood for some wholesome, light food yesterday, so I finally got over to Cafe Agri.
In contrast to earlier posts on here, over time they've added quite a few things to the menu that sound appealing and have dozens of organic/sustainable wines, as well as a handful of beers.
The atmosphere is cheerful as was the server. I had the smoked trout sandwich on multi-grain bread, and added the mixed green salad instead of chips for $2.00.
The gluten free ranch dressing didn't do anything for me, nor for the salad. The greens were, as expected, very nice -- carbon copies of the ones we've been getting in our CSA the last few weeks. I probably would have preferred them without any dressing at all.
The sandwich was very flavorful. The "mild aioli and pistachio tapenade" were pretty much indistinguishable but worked well together. The trout was excellent, great flavor, but less abundant than I would have liked. And the bread was your run-of-the-mill multi-grain sandwich bread which is just fine. I would ask for it untoasted next time...just personal preference.
If you go in thinking of the place as a revolution in sustainability and/or some other risk-heavy culinary brilliance, you probably won't be too impressed. But if you go in thinking it's a good place nearby to get a nice soup and light sandwich with the added benefit (and couple dollars in price) of high quality ingredients, you'll be just fine.
I'll certainly be back to try a few other items.
To be honest, I'm not sure. I didn't get the impression that the entire place was gluten free as quite a few of the menu items say "gluten free" and many don't. I seem to recall her noting things that were gluten free as she read off some of the options (dressings, bread).
It's worth a call if you are interested. The gorgeous day had me far too relaxed to care too much about anything!
There was a thread when it first opened:
And there have been a few mentions in the local media.
James Norton (at City Pages):
Rick Nelson (Strib):
So far, I haven't read anything that has made me want to go. But I'm not vegan or gluten-sensitive, so maybe I'm not their core audience.
If you go, I'd love to hear your impressions after your meal!
P.S. I think parking should be fine - it's on the corner of a neighborhood street.
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I am gluten intolerant, but I did not lose my tastebuds with my diagnosis. LOL
I ate there once and found my food to be bland and watery. I have delicious, safe meals at places like Heartland and Ngon, who are able to work around my diet restrictions beautifully. My two cents.
I admit I would be thrilled if a gluten free restaurant opened that was on a par with our best local offerings.