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American, Soups, Deli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed August 16, 2021

Had a quick lunch with my sister before going out to Allerton Park for a family reunion. The soup and salad were very good. Be sure to save room for desserts!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 4, 2021 via mobile

The portion sizes from the Brown Bag are pretty hefty, but unfortunately for me there is just something mediocre about the quality of the food. The space is unique and bizarre to say the least, as you have to climb stairs and duck through shallow...hallways to get the the bathroom. Hmmm. Overall not a win for me.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed May 14, 2021

Brown Bag has pretty much anything you could want for.a hot or cold deli sandwich, including tuna salad, turkey salad, chicken, egg, etc. There are plenty of fresh salads, burritos, homemade soups, and a fantastic dessert counter. I had the mixed berry pie a la...mode...so flaky and buttery. The food was top notch. Cute space, too.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed February 17, 2021

Ive been Vegan for 9 years, and this place fed me ground beef. I ordered a bean burrito, specifying no cheese, no sour cream. The vegan option of their bean burrito menu item. I consumed three bites before realizing that there was a foreign texture...in the refried beans. I picked through the food to find that they gave me a mixture of beef and beans! I returned to the place & requested a refund. I was very calm (i wanted to cry & scream) and asked to speak with the owner. The cashier had gone back to tell her what had happened. I watched them go through the food themselves and one of the girls laughed! I have to request to speak with the owner a second time. When she came up she didnt even say she was sorry! She said she thought the cashier was handling it. I would think that such an error would warrant a personal apology?? if she served someone with a peanut allergy would she be so dismissive???More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

Charming, friendly, fun & had their homemade soup, gluten free bed and it was surprisingly tasty - excellent.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 31, 2019

Had lunch here a week ago and it was really good. I had cheesy potato soup and others had sandwiches. Everything is good.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

The Thursday special is a great deal, in house only. Food is good. Good place to stop by. Really friendly place.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 21, 2019

Had lunch here on Saturday -- Cheese Broccoli soup and 1/2 roast beef sandwich on sour dough bread + a slice of peach pie. The food was good, wholesome, fresh and the staff was friendly and accommodating -- nice lunch spot in downtown Monticello.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 17, 2019

This place has been around for about 30 years. Still making great food. I am amazed at all the options that they offer yet everything is so fresh.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed January 10, 2019

In Monticello on business, a local took me here. I loved their soup, Wicked Thai and ordered carrot cake to go with it. Plenty of seating here and lots of options on the menu. An art gallery is on the second level.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Yes, The Brown Bag offers takeout services.

The Brown Bag is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5