Hangin’ Out At…Raphsodic Bakery
Raphsodic is a local vegan bakery near the intersection of Mills and Colonial. For those unfamiliar with veganism, it’s like vegetarianism (no meat) but one step further (no animal products whatsoever, including dairy and eggs).
I stumbled upon Raphsodic through a deal-of-the-day site; until the deal was posted, I had no idea that there were any bakeries of this kind in Orlando.
Raphsodic has standard bakery fare: biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, cheesecake, cookies and cornbread were among the offerings on the day we visited, all without eggs, dairy or even honey. There are also items specifically for those that are allergic to or choose to go without soy, gluten, corn and nuts, which is pretty neat.
My favorite option (especially for those that just can’t decide) is Yesterday’s Box, with day-old pastries crammed into a box and sold for a marked-down price of $13 (or at least that’s how much it was on the day we came). It isn’t pretty looking, but oh, the variety you could score for yourself!
On some Saturdays, they show case vegan foods other than baked goods. I’m not entirely sure how you make Mac ‘n Cheese without well, cheese. I presume, though, that the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich contains some sort of soy or protein product. I was tempted to try something off this menu, but had just come from lunch, so will have to save that for another visit.
What did we end up with? A slice of blueberry cheescake, a chocolate chip-pistachio cookie, a piece of cornbread and a cupcake (I can’t put a finger on the exact flavor at the moment, but I want to say it had something to with peanut butter).
The verdict? My friend reports that the cornbread was amazing with just the right amount of crumble, and the cookie was pretty tasty (if not a big too crunchy for my taste), but my husband didn’t care for the texture of the cheesecake and I can’t say I was in love with the consistency of the cupcake nor its frosting.
The takeaway: If you’re vegan, or someone with allergies, you likely won’t find a more inviting, homey place, filled with delicious treats that you can actually eat. If you’re used to the rich, moist, fat-centric desserts that are so dear to the typical American palate, you may end up a bit disappointed. It’s hard to mimic the richness of butter, cream, eggs and the like, so even if the flavors are similar, the texture will likely not be what you’re expecting. There’s no law that says you can’t try it, right??
It may have just been the day I was there, but there was also a distinct lack of chocolate goods. I’m not sure if that’s a vegan thing (maybe it’s hard to incorporate somehow?), or just a Christine-picked-a-bad-day-to-come thing, but I have to admit, I was a little bummed. Dessert with no chocolate? Not for me!
- Hours: 11a to 8p Mondays/Tuesdays; 11a to 9p Wednesdays/ Thursdays; 11a to 9p Friday/Saturdays; and 11a to 5p Sundays.
- Location: 710 North Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. It’s kind of hard to find, but it’s just north of SR 50 on Mills, on the west side, next to the Smoke Shop. Maybe a picture* would help? See below. The best place to park is behind the building. If you get lost, just give them a ring: 407.704.8615.
Menu: Alas, not listed online, as it changes from day to day. Stop by and see what they’re cookin’ up that day!
*This one’s incredibly hard to spot, so I’m going to gift you a gimme: there’s a Hidden Hanger in the above photo!