Awesome Bites Co. owner Jennifer Thai started her vegan bake shop because of her young daughter Aurora’s egg and peanut allergies.
She told me it was nearly impossible for her to find Aurora an affordable birthday cake that tasted good without any of the dairy products or allergens.
So, she set out to create a safe space for those with dietary restrictions to order dairy-free and gluten-free baked goods and frozen desserts.
I bought several cookies, muffins and brownies to get as wide a cross-section as I could of the offerings at Awesome Bites.
Since my visit was on a Thursday, the cookies were the weekly special, and I got a four-pack for $12.25.
My favorite was the London Fog, an Earl Grey tea cookie with a soothing and sweet lemon and lavender icing that wasn’t overpoweringly saccharine. I also like the sunflower seed butter cookie, an alternative for those with peanut allergies.
Thai said her flour is made from scratch with gluten-free oats and cassava, which she sources from Brazil. She takes pride in using zero added sugars, even from natural sources like agave, and only uses real fruits and vegetables with her baked goods.
Upon the recommendation of Thai’s staff, I also ordered a compost cookie, which is made with pretzels, white and semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkled with pieces of potato chips. It was a surprisingly nice combination of sweet and salty with crunchy and soft textures.
The best of the four Super Muffins ($6.50 per 4-pack) I ordered was the banana, made with bananas, apples and dates, oatmeal and cassava flour. The gluten-free dark chocolate muffin, lemon blueberry and apple spice muffins (with freshly-ground cinnamon and nutmeg) seemed to be a hit among the friends I shared them with.
The muffins retained their moist texture and freshness exceptionally, as did the brownie and blondie, which are $4 each.
The beanie brownie bar has a rich and fudgy consistency, which I was surprised to learn was made from black beans, flax seed, dates and gluten-free oatmeal. It also used dairy-free chocolate.
The beanie’s cousin, the blondie, uses chickpeas, flaxseed, apples, gluten-free oatmeal and chocolate chunks that are dairy- and nut-free.
I appreciated that the beanie and brownie were both soft enough to savor while also remaining firmly intact, unlike cheaper brownies that crumble after a bite or two. I could have used a tad more sweetness in them, but given Thai’s constraint of not adding any sugar, they held up quite well on their own.
Awesome Bites Co.
Address: 2313 Edwards St., Ste. #185
Dining Options: Takeout, delivery
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Entrée prices: $2.50-$12
Senior discount: No
Healthy options: Nitro lavender grey tea ($4.75)
Star of the show: London Fog cookie
Rating: 4 out of 5 bites
Our new rating system:
In order to give you, dear reader, a more clear explanation of how we evaluate the restaurants we review, we will use a rating system on a scale from one to five bites, with one being the lowest score. Simply put, the better a dish is, the more likely you are to take multiple bites of it. From time to time, we may rate a place with 4.5 or 3.5 bites, for example, if we feel it doesn’t fit neatly in one of these five categories.
Five bites: An elite, special experience, among the best meals we’ve ever had.
Four bites: High-quality, a can’t-miss destination.
Three bites: Slightly above average, but not memorable.
Two bites: Middling. You can skip out on this place, and you won’t be missing anything.
One bite: Poor, low quality. A disappointment.