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Happy Chicks Bakery

My sweet friend Ebony is introducing me to a whole new world.  Veganism.  Now, am I in any way, shape, or form a vegan?  No.  But, I’m always interested in good food.  So thanks to Ebony, I’m learning about vegan eating in Cincinnati; expect a few more posts this summer highlighting more of those places.  Today, I start with Happy Chicks Bakery in Northside.  Ebony knows the way to my heart; she got me a gift card to Happy Chicks because I definitely love sweets.  We were told to go early on a Saturday morning because Saturdays are donut days! Early is the key word here; people were already lining up outside before the doors opened (good sign)!

We ordered one of each pastry and donut. Oh my stars that lavender lemonade donut is spectacular!

I’m not normally a baked fruit person (I know, weird), but this apple danish was incredible. My husband especially loved the baklava croissant.

Front left corner= blueberry lavender teacake= rocked my world.

My friend Ruby is crushing those donuts in style!

Happy Chicks is a local independent bakery (three of my favorite words right there).  They do specialize in cakes (beautifully decorated, tons of interesting flavors), but offer up a strong pastry and lunch menu as well.  Again, all vegan.  Now this will shock my friends because I never get jazzed about a PB&J; however, I tried Ruby’s PB&J, made with blackberry jam and served on the homemade croissant, and was so impressed I ordered one to go.  The croissants here are where it’s at.  We’re talking buttery, flaky, slightly crispy, melt-in-your-mouth, never-made-these-at-home croissants. I also scored a bite (or two) of Ebony’s empanada and the Korean BBQ is excellent too!

I’d like to highlight my takeaways from Happy Chicks:

  • Flavors constantly change; they experiment and try new ideas
  • Produce is seasonal and purchased locally
  • Purchasing from Ohio Valley Food Connection (a mobile Farmer’s Market); food is fresh and grown within 50 miles
  • Jams come from Jaybird Farms, also an Ohio business and these jams are heavenly
  • Select gluten-free options are always available for those who need GF
  • Creative flavors like lavender lemon, orange rose, caramel chocolate stout, ginger chai, and mojito (to name a few)
  • Sweet and savory options served each day
  • Dairy free, egg free and artificial dye free baked goods that appeal to all types of eaters (I might not be vegan but I know delicious)
  • Everything is made by hand

Basically, I love this vegan bakery!  I keep talking about it to people and I’m eagerly anticipating my next visit.

A taste of lunch with the Greens: hummus, kale, sliced cucumber, microgreens, fermented veggie and mayo

Saturday morning and the place was hopping! Light and bright, it’s a great atmosphere.

When you basically order one of everything, you get to bring some home for later.

Also, Happy Chicks keeps an array of cakes in shop so if you’re ever in a pinch, grab a cake at Happy Chicks . . . because . . . why would you grab a cake anywhere else? And Ebony, way to start this vegan tour with a bang!  I love getting introduced to new places and new flavors.  Anyone else have a favorite vegan restaurant?

Happy Chicks Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

GO THERE (Happy Chicks)! TRY THAT (arrive Saturday at 8:50 am and order all the pastries, especially the donuts)!

Happy Chicks Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Tabitha
    June 8, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I’ve heard vegan croissants are really difficult to get right, so glad to hear that there’s are good!

    • Reply
      Mindy Trujillo
      June 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Interesting! I didn’t know that. Yes, these are delicious.

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