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First Review by nainabarnett

Great produce, Awesome bakery - Edit

Great selection of organic produce, bulk grains & nuts, as well as other random hard-to-find items like nutritional yeast! Also has a nice bakery that makes homemade style bread and delicious cookies : )

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Local Favorite - Edit

The Iowa City Coop is still a local favorite. I am a little bit disappointed that their deli has taken a slight hit in terms of selection. The soup and sandwich menus and cold case selections have gone through some changes over the past two years, due no doubt to the rising prices of inputs. Also, the to-go sandwich prices have gotten rather steep of late for the same reason, but they are some of the sandwiches around.... their spicy cashew-butter sandwiches ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") are really unique and delicious, as our some of their other veggie options, such as the tofu-avocado "Rock-N-Roll Tofuwich," (my two favorites). And their tofu curry salad is an old stand-by that never disappoints -- a small container of that with some of their in-house baked bread = the perfect lunch imo.

It's amazing to me that an area as small as Iowa City/ Coralville can support two full-service organic/ natural food stores with their two locations. FYI the newer and larger Coralville store has a slightly better selection overall, and has ample free parking and plenty of inside seating for enjoying hot bar, soup and sandwich items on site unlike the IC store (the IC store does have three tables just outside the store along the side), so if you have a car, the Coralville store might be a better option.

The staff at both locations provides superior customer service, and the customers reciprocate with a loyalty rarely seen these days in the dog-eat-dog, price-conscious world we live in. Oh, one last thing: the cashier will ask for a member number upon check-out, but you do NOT have to have one to shop there.

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Great Co-op in a Great Location - Edit

Traveling from Des Moines to Milwaukee a friend of mine and I had decided to eat at the Red Avocado in Iowa City, IA. After our meal we stopped by New Pioneer to pick up a few things for our roadtrip. New Pioneer is just about the gold standard when it comes to health food co-ops. There was plenty of staff on hand, all very helpful and knowledgeable. They offer a large selection of organic produce and also feature a bakery/kitchen which prepares tons of bread, to-go sandwiches, pastas, cookies and other treats, etc. I concur that the "Cashew on a Hot Tin Roof" is a fantastic sandwich. The artichoke heart and pesto pasta salad was also delicious. Mind you, if you are just passing through and are not a member there is a 5% non-member surcharge added to each item. If you live in the Iowa City area it is easily worth it to join!

Pros: Selection, Location, Staff

Cons: Pricey for non-members

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GO HERE IF YOU ARE VEGAN!!! The Deli in the back has numerous mad Vegan sandwich creations. The Papagayo / Something on a Hot Tin Roof! The location in Coralville has indoor eating for the Deli. They've got wonderful vegan desserts and prepared foods. DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE if you are traveling through!

Pros: great deli, great desserts, great bakery

Cons: smell dead cooking animals

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I love the co-op - Edit

Even with Tait's opening up downtown, I still prefer the co-op. They grocery store has a lot to offer, and the deli clearly labels everything as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. Most of their sandwhiches are delicious, my favourite is the cashew on a hot tin roof, and they usually have a really nice selection of soups. They also have great freshly made breads, and a nice offering of vegan muffins/cookies if you're looking for some junk food. The supernutty cookie is my guilty pleasure. The Coralridge location also has a salad bar and a juice/smoothie bar. The only drawback is that it can get expensive if you're not a member.

Pros: nice selection, great sandwich/deli area

Cons: can be pricey

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