Black Sheep Deli and Bakery

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

79 Main St, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, 01002

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has vegetarian and vegan options, frozen prepared meals (veggie lasagna, pot pies, etc. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Take-out, Catering, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by will-travel-for-food

Update: great vegan sandwich! - Edit

My previous review was just based on the vegan cookie that I had, which was good.

I was recently at a lunch meeting that catered from Black Sheep Deli. When I saw that we had ordered sandwiches, I was ready for meh. I've had many a sandwich at many a lunch meeting, and I've always found the vegan options to be rather uninspiring.

My pessimism turned out to be totally unwarranted. Black Sheep's vegan sandwich was *so* good. It featured a marinated portobello mushroom that was cooked to perfection - juicy, with great texture. It also had hummus, tomato, sprouts, and a number of other veggies that all worked amazingly together. And the bread was quite nice as well.

Well done, Black Sheep. I'm hoping to see more of you at my future lunch meetings!

Previous review:
They have a handful of vegan baked goods. I had a raspberry chocolate chip cookie that was pretty good. I'll come back to try some of their other offerings in the coming weeks.

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love love coffee - Edit

Love love their coffee (dean's beans, AHAB'S REVENGE).

My favorite sandwich is the Jamie's Veg: hummus, veggies, cream cheese -- but without the cream cheese and replace it with guacamole. It's great.
They also have a huge salad but it's HUGE and I can never eat it all -- has hummus, olives, etc. (maybe you have to ask for it without feta, don't remember).

They always have some vegan baked good: most usually vegan chocolate cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla frosting [really hard to resist!], and they also have some vegan cookie.

Great place to sit and do work most of the time -- can get busy and loud with conversations, though, since this is the place the college students bring their parents. :) It's somewhat of a dirty place at times, perhaps just old tables etc., but they don't clean the tables enough. I usually end up just getting takeout and bring it to the office for all of the above reasons.

Pros: veggies always fresh, great great coffee

Cons: crowded, loud at times

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Nice Local Restaurant - Edit

Black Sheep Deli gives you a feel for the local Amherst atmosphere. Having said that, I wasn't super excited with my meal there. I ordered the portabella sandwich, which I thought was average, and a vegan cupcake which seemed a little stale and was too sugary for me to eat all of it at once. Overall, my experience was underwhelming, but they do make their own bread and some of it is vegan and gluten-free, if you're into that.

Pros: nice location, nice atmosphere, homemade bread

Cons: not many vegan options

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Vegan baked goods--yummy! - Edit

My friend and I had the vegan chocolate cupcakes, and they were excellent. This is a great place for vegans to get cupcakes and other delicious baked goods. They were a little messy though, so get plenty of napkins. : )

Pros: Great desserts

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decent sandwiches - Edit

the black sheep is on the pricey side. seven bucks for a sandwich that is easy to prepare and has common, cheap ingredients. that said, the sandwiches are pretty tasty and the coffee's alright. the atmosphere varies -- they often have appalling acoustic performers preventing conversation in their main room. nobody ever seems to be interested in the music, but they stay presumably because its better than the cold. still, along with crazy noodles, the best vegan-friendly meal you'll find in downtown amherst.

Pros: better than the competition

Cons: still not great

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Fantastic dark roast coffee! - Edit

We love the Black Sheep Blend coffee offered here. We occasionally stop in to take a pound or two home with us to Rhode Island. They make some fantastic breads, too. Vegans should be aware that some of them contain honey, however. I believe that The Lone Wolf restaurant just up the block (which has delicious vegan breakfast offerings) uses breads and coffee beans from the Black Sheep. The Black Sheep is probably the best spot in town to get a nice, robust cup of coffee.

Pros: great coffee, great breads

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