Blooming Lotus Bakery is one of the most unassuming bakeries in town. Tucked in the corner of Prospect & North, this vegan, soy-free, dairy-free and grain-free bakery also might be one of the healthiest. (relatively speaking, of course) This spot serves cinnamon rolls, pies, cupcakes, scone bites, soups and specialty items including pizza on Saturdays. Carly (@crueltyfree.foodie) and I recently visited this spot and braved the snow, and here is a quick rundown of this warm and inviting bakery.
The Blooming Lotus teddy bear might be my favorite part about this spot. Once you enter, it’s really hard to miss this giant 4-foot teddy bear that’s donning a restaurant-labeled apron, waiting for you to join him at a table to eat. It’s a comedic and warm touch to a space that already elicits a homey feel.
Given that this was my first time at Blooming Lotus, I had a lot of questions and wanted recommendations. I knew I wanted scone bites after seeing them appear on my Instagram feed, but I needed more options. The employees at this spot were more than happy to answer all of my questions (which tend to be a lot). They also did not pressure me to order as I waited for Carly to arrive, something I also appreciated. Some places tend to do that, but here, you go and order as you please.
This spot feels part Secret Life of Bees with its decor and part suburban cafe. It’s hard to put a finger on the ambiance other than a few descriptors, but it feels comforting nonetheless. The soft yellow walls with turquoise and softer pastels make for a friendly and easy going experience. I was told lot of families come to Blooming Lotus and it’s easy to see why that is the case, as there are a lot of tables and room for children to run around.
After much contemplation (at least for me), Carly and I opted for the cinnamon roll and scone bites. As for beverages, I went with a Rishi English Breakfast tea while she went with coffee.
The scone bites we decided to try were the lemon blueberry and another sweeter option that included dark chocolate and dates. We also tried an apricot scone bite that was complimentary! Speaking of apricots, a photo on the wall next to our table displayed an orange shaped fruit that could not be correctly named. Let’s just say there is a little bit of education needed on naming fruits that aren’t bananas or apples. I wonder how their large scones taste given that the smaller ones are probably a bit moister. The scones were much lighter fare and for a dollar each, that made a lot of sense. I enjoyed each bite, the flavors inside these confections and the texture of the scone. The apricot scone was my least favorite, but I did not pay for it so I wasn't too salty.
The cinnamon roll was very dense, but it was decent in taste and texture. I had to remind myself when eating this that it would not taste like a cinnamon roll from Celesta that is slathered in some sort of I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-vegan-icing and the dough derived from some ingredient that probably is not at Blooming Lotus. Instead, it had a much drier consistency and was not as moist. The inside part of the roll was my favorite, but I am sure that is the case with most cinnamon rolls. I still can’t decide if I’d get again, but it is worth trying for those with a sweet tooth that might be looking for something that is not too sugary. I would have liked to see more icing atop this cinnamon roll but again, this spot seems to have a much healthier spin on its treats.
While I did not get any donuts, that is on my list of things to get next time. As you can see below, there are a lot of treats to try. Saturday specials range from pancakes, pizza to a soup that is served starting at 10 AM. I feel like I should have already have visited Blooming Lotus as a vegan in Milwaukee, but I plan to go back a few more times to devour more sweet treats. Stay tuned.