One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Restaurant Review: Charlotte’s Bakery Fresno, CA

I have to tip my hat to Charlotte’s Bakery (1292 N. Wishon Fresno, CA) for being the only bakery in Fresno to carry vegan goodies. Not even the local Whole Foods stocks vegan cupcakes and cookies in their bakery (a luxury I am used to in Atlanta). The line-up rotates but typically they always have some form of chocolate cupcake (Mexican chocolate or traditional chocolate) and 1-2 additional flavors. On my last visit they had fresh baked mouthwatering lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with chopped macadamia nuts. In addition they also bake vegan cakes, cupcakes and cookies to order if you call your order in 24 hours in advance.

Charlotte’s Bakery also offers deli sandwiches, panini’s and salads. They have a vegan Panini which has Portobello mushrooms, eggplants, roasted red peppers, basil pesto and mixed greens; a veggie deli sandwich with avocado, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and hummus or the peanut butter & jelly with banana sandwich that you can have served cold or grilled as a Panini. And of course like all good bakeries they have an assortment of freshly baked breads available daily. I highly recommend a trip to Charlotte’s bakery if you ever find yourself in Fresno.


  1. will definitely check this place out when i visit home.

  2. What are the hours of operation?

  3. unfortunately i'm not sure. I stopped by there when i was back home in december and they had just changed their hours again. Just give em a call!

  4. Yes, but have you tried Whole Farms Market/Revive Cafe? All of Revive's food is raw (including fantastic raw deserts - my favorite has been the strawberry pie, the cheesecake is good too, but the strawberry pie!) Menu also changes daily, much less selection than Charlotte's but if you want some vegan yummies come down south to downtown and go to Broadway and Amador (vagabond lofts)


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