The Rhythm Deli: Vegetarian Lunch Options

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2301 First Avenue

Hibbing, MN 55746

218-293-4545

Website: http://www.therhythmdeli.com/

One of my go-to places for a quick vegetarian lunch is the Rhythm Deli. Located on First Avenue in Hibbing, the Rhythm Deli is a nice little eatery that offers a number of meat-free options.The menu is reasonably priced and includes Sub Sandwiches, Wraps, Paninis, Salads, and Take “n” Bake Pizzas. Since this is a vegetarian blog only the meat free items will be reviewed. However, a full listing of the Rhythm Deli’s offerings can be found on their website or by clicking here.

The Rhythm Deli is located in the same building that used to house The Pizza Mill and Sub Station. Growing up on Hibbing’s West Side back in the 80’s,  I have many fond memories of walking down to the deli’s predecessor during the summertime with my family. We would pick up freshly made pizzas, and bring them home to cook. These are memories that can be found in the simplicity of a warm summer’s night and the first bite of a freshly baked pizza. Slice of nostalgia, anyone?

I sometimes miss those days, but the Rhythm Deli still offers take and bake pizzas as well as a plethora of other options to choose from.

 

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The Vegetarian Offerings:

None of these options are marked specifically as vegetarian on the menu.

  • Avocado and Cucumber Wrap – Avocado, cucumber, green onion, spinach, cheese and ranch dressing combine to make up this delicious wrap.
  • Caprese Panini –  Basil, tomato, and mozzarella panini with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  • Greek Salad – Greek style salad with romaine lettuce, onion, tomato, black olives, cucumber, green peppers, banana peppers, feta cheese, and a Greek dressing.
  • Caprese Salad –  Salad version of the Caprese Panini except that it also includes avocado and is made with romaine lettuce (panini bread not included).
  • Sub Sandwiches – You can design your sandwich. Just ask them to hold the meat, please!
  • Take “n” Bake Pizza – The Pizza is put together while you wait, so you can request the toppings you would like. There isn’t a vegetarian pizza listed specifically on the menu, but they will make one upon request.
Avacado & Cucumber Wrap with Chips

Avocado & Cucumber Wrap with Chips

The Review:

On this particular trip to The Rhythm Deli, I ordered the Greek Salad and a single serving bag of Sun Chips. I got my order to go, but there are some tables by window to sit at if you choose to eat in-house. The service was very fast and efficient.  I only waited what seemed like a few minutes, and then I was on my way.

Greek Salad and Sun Chips

Greek Salad and Sun Chips

The Greek Salad is by far my favorite offering at the Rhythm Deli. It is comprised of romaine lettuce, onion, tomato, black olives, cucumber, green peppers, banana peppers, feta cheese, and is topped with a tasty Greek dressing. The first time that I tried the Greek Salad I was a little weary of the banana peppers. I had previously only tried the tangy yellow pepper on pizza, but I must say that it makes the salad. It’s a delicious combination!  The salad dressing comes on the side, which I love because you can add as little or as much as you would like. Unfortunately, the picture above doesn’t do the salad full justice since I ordered it sans tomato. However, the salad tasted great -the lettuce was fresh, the veggies delicious, and the feta cheese, sprinkled delicately over the lettuce was just the perfect amount.

The Pizzas:

I recently ordered a Take “n” Bake Pizza from the deli for the first time. Having asked if the pizza sauce used was meat-free, and after receiving a reassuring “yes” I decided to order a cheese pizza with banana peppers. They quickly put together the pizza while I waited, and then I brought it back with me and baked it in the comfort of my home.

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The Pizza was wrapped up neatly and adorned with the deli’s logo and cooking instructions.

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I baked the pizza according to the directions. The large slices of cheese melted nicely over the banana peppers.

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The finished product turned out great! It was a rainy day – so a warm slice of pizza fresh out of the oven was just the thing!

 

All in all, I highly suggest the Rhythm Deli if you find yourself in Hibbing and in search of some meat-free lunch options.This is one of my favorite places for lunch because not only is the service fast and friendly, but they have a number of healthy meatless menu choices.

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Have you visited Hibbing recently and eaten at the Rhythm Deli? What did you think? I would love to hear your opinion!

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Erbert And Gerbert’s: “V” for Vegetarian

Subs, Soup, and More….

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  Hibbing Location
4130 9th Ave West
Hibbing, Mn 55746

Located in the Hibbing Marketplace

If you happen to find yourself on the Iron Range and are in need of a quick lunch, might I suggest giving Erbert And Gerbert’s of Hibbing a try? Erbert And Gerbert’s or “Erbs & Gerbs” as I like to call it is a great little sub shop located in the Hibbing Marketplace that boasts a wide array of sub sandwiches, soups, and chips. However, considering this is a vegetarian blog, the meat free items will be the main topic of focus.

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The Subs:

Erbert And Gerbert’s offers two Vegetarian Subs on your choice of wheat or white bread; The Pudder, and The Jacob Bluefinger. The green “V” symbol on the menu designates that these items are vegetarian.

  • The Jacob Bluefinger is a classic flavor sub. Provolone cheese, tomato, avocado, lettuce, and mayo combine to make up the filling of this delicious sandwich. I usually ask to have a pickle added to my sub when ordering the Jacob Bluefinger.
  • The Pudder is your typical peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It comes with creamy peanut butter and your choice of strawberry jam or grape jelly. If cheese is something you exclude from your diet, The Pudder might be a good choice… Plus you can’t go wrong with PB&J!
  • FYI ~  Erbert and Gerbert’s is known for scooping out “The Guts” of the bread and placing it directly on top of the sub sandwich. This extra part of the bread can be used for dipping in their delicious soups… or just eating plain – either way it is nice that the remainder of the bread doesn’t go to waste. They even have an online mascot called “Mr. Guts!” You can view his webpage here.
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“The Guts” of the bread!

The Soups:

Similar to the sandwiches, the vegetarian soup options, are designated with a “V” on the menu. Unfortunately, none of their soups appears to be vegan. I’m hoping someday they might decided to add a vegan vegetable soup to their lineup, but until then here are the vegetarian options:

  •   Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli – Vegetable stock soup with broccoli and cheddar cheese.
  • Tomato Basil Parmesan- Tomato, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and Worcestershire are the main ingredients. I contacted E&G support regarding the Worcestershire sauce on the ingredient list. Traditionally Worcestershire is made with anchovies, and I wanted to be sure that this version was 100% vegetarian. I received a lightning fast response from their menu director stating the sauce is indeed vegetarian. I was very impressed with the fast and friendly reply! 🙂

 

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Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli soup along with “The Guts” of the bread

 The Review:

 This Particular visit to Erbert and Gerbert’s I choose the Jacob Bluefinger sub, Broccoli and Cheddar cheese soup, and Salt and Vinegar chips. I stopped in and ordered my food to go, but you can eat-in, or they do deliver as well. However, the atmosphere is quite nice for a fast food establishment. The service, as usual, was fast and friendly, and in no time I had my food and was on my way.

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The sub was delicious, the bread tasted fresh baked, and the soup was hot and comfortingly satisfying – just the thing on a cold Minnesota evening!

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All in all I do suggest trying Erbert and Gerbert’s Hibbing location when visiting “The Range” and looking for a quick vegetarian bite to eat.

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 Don’t forget to grab a bag of chips…

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…or to try one of their giant pickles!

Please check out Erbert and Gerbert’s website for more information.

Have you eaten at Erbert and Gerbert’s? What did you think? Please leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you! 🙂

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Pumpkin Scones and Yerba Mate Tea

It is not always easy being a vegetarian, especially if you live in a small town. Recipes can call for strange, unheard of ingredients that can prove impossible to find if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your backyard. Don’t get me wrong- I would love to shop at Trader Joe’s, but with the nearest one over four hours away, I have to work with what I’ve got. And today “I’ve got” Vegan Pumpkin Scones fresh out of the oven. I found the recipe for these easy to make scones in the Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook by Carole Raymond. This is a great recipe because the ingredients are simple and can be found in almost any supermarket. These delicious pumpkin delights go great topped with Earth Balance or fruit preserves. The yummy scones come hot out of the oven and cook in about 15 minutes – making it the perfect snack for a cold, busy day. Just brew up a fresh pot of Yerba Mate tea and enjoy your scones!

Are you a vegetarian or vegan living in a small town? What challenges do you face? Leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you 🙂