Lazy Jane’s

by Holly on May 16, 2011

in eating out,gluten-free,reviews,vegan,Wisconsin

I am pretty sure there is nothing I love more in the world than a good bakery.

Well, except for Mama Everythingtarian.

And perhaps Daddy Everythingtarian.

Throw in Sister Everythingtarians (x3).

And of course, as of December 21st, Brother-in-Law Everythingtarian.

But other than those special people, I am quite sure bakeries steal the #1 spot in my life. Sorry Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s the smell of sweetness in the warm air. It’s the eclectic, homey decor. It’s the one really comfy armchair in the corner of the room that everyone fights over. It’s the sound of aromatic coffee being poured into mugs. It’s the intimate chit chat going on between friends, family and lovers in the morning hours. And of course, it’s the amazing array of pastries.

Luckily, I have one very special bakery that exceeds all these criteria: Lazy Jane’s Cafe.

You may have seen me talk about it here.

And here.

Oooh, and here too.

It’s my very favoritest bakery in the whole wide world, and it just so happens to be home to the world’s best scones. Yes, the WORLD’S BEST. I would not {and could not} lie about such a thing so integral to finding everlasting happiness in life.

One day, I even berated the cashier for the secret ingredient until she finally gave it to me.

Three words: Heavy. Whipping. Cream.

There’s no messing around here.

However, while good ol’ Lazy Jane may seem like a Paula Deen-wannabe with her excessive use of bad-for-your-ticker ingredients, she is actually quite a progressive, health-conscious lil’ lady who realizes that the vegans and Celiac Disease sufferers of the world also deserve melt-in-your-mouth scones equal in weight to a small African child.

So, for the first time ever, I ordered a vegan scone last weekend.

Let me tell you, if you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t have even been able to tell it was vegan. It was moist. It was dense. It was flavorful. It had little specks of lemon rind and a lovely but not-too-sweet lemon glaze. In other words, it was perfection.

And now I am going to have to go back, berate the same pixie-haired lady and find out what the secret ingredient in these vegan scones are.

Because I am sure the FDC is secretly spying on my ever-important blogging activity, I will say the cashier at Lazy Jane’s gave my friend and I free coffee in exchange for this little shoutout letting the {cyber} world know that the maker of the world’s best scones is now offering daily vegan and gluten-free options.

But I was going to write about Lazy Jane’s long before that free cuppa joe ended up in my hand.

I swear.

Because while I love ice cream, ballet flats, ProPublica news, beer, campfires at the cabin, brunches with girlfriends, Gwyneth Paltrow, crawling into freshly cleaned sheets, random YouTube videos and overusing the word “obvs,” I really love bakeries.

I do, I do.


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm


(P.S. Send me a Lazy Jane’s gluten-free scone. You know, when you have the time/money/desire/intimate friendship with me that would encourage such gifting. Kthanks <3)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I love baked goods – I miss fresh scones, but not too many places sell gluten free ones!

Lauren May 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I adore a good bakery! I don’t think we have enough of them in this world. :) I just had the most amazing vegan cookie from one of my favorite bakeries a few days ago. Honestly, it was better than any regular cookie I’ve had in a long time.

Pure2raw twins May 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

oh yes nothing beats a good scone with a good cup of coffee, and awesome to hear they have gluten free too.

Erica May 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Ow if i lived nearby, i would def be trying this place. Love me a yummy scone

Angharad May 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

If your love for bakeries is as fired up as you say, you’ll be beyond chuffed to learn how many excellent bakeries have been popping up in Minneapolis recently. Put on your list:
– Patisserie 46
– Sunstreet Breads
– and actually have we ever talked about Minneapolis bakeries? The Baker’s Wife? Rustica? Cake Eater? Oy…

Alex @ IEatAsphalt May 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Is it just me or does Madison seem to have the world’s cutest places? Seriously. That sign? It had me at it’s shabby chic hello.

jenna May 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

i just had my first blueberry scone from panera yesterday and it was delish!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness May 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Yessssss…. I’m so glad you took us there when we visited! Because you’re right- the scones are fabulous! And you can easily spend 2-3 hours there and no one will say a word… not that we did that or anything. ;)

Alison May 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

best scones in the world. YUM! I prefer the non-vegan ones but the vegan one was good. Nothing compares to the heavy cream version though LOL

Love these photos!

Kaleigh May 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

yuummm… baked goods. absolutely nothing beats them.

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I love your ridic insane amounts of honesty, i.e. free coffee/vegan shout/FTC

Gotta love those midwestern values like honesty and full disclosure on even the smallest things!

What’s not a small thing is how awesome that vegan scone looks tho! WOW! Glad you enjoyed!

amanda May 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

i think i’ve said it before, but shoooot, i’ll say it again: lazy jane’s = super adorable bakery name.

and girllll, you are so right! bakeries do smell bangin’! i walk in and i want to buy everything! especially donuts. big, doughy glazed ones in fact. come to mama.

my little celebration May 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Great post! I love bakeries. Love, love love. Especially ones that have tasty vegan goodies, even though I’m not vegan. I’ve never had a vegan scone before but the picture of that lemon one looks UHmazing. Seriously. Thanks for sharing your discovery!

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free May 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I drove past here today and I was so tempted to stop, but I wasn’t aware of the gluten free options! And now I see they’re hiring oh god I might have to apply

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I want to try!!! My (new!) local vegan bakery make a chocolate chip lavender scone I’d jump over my own mother for.

I live in ballet flats. I wish I lived in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. And I am about to crawl into freshly cleaned sheets. Cheers to that, my friend.

sofia May 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm

you should be their PR gal in exchange for free baked goods – you’re already doing a mighty fiiiine job of it! and yeah – send me some sweets too, will ya?!

Jessica May 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

A couple weeks ago I ran past Lazy Janes, and decided at that moment I was never going out for a run without cash ever again. Thank you so much for introducing me to the amazingness that is scones from Lazy Janes!

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] May 17, 2011 at 1:14 am

Come to France, alors!

lo May 17, 2011 at 1:47 am

its my dream to open a yoga studio / bakery before i am 30 on the beaches of san diego. please join in on m biz venture.


Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 17, 2011 at 3:08 am

I love when bakeries have fabulous vegan options! its one of those truly great pleasures in life :)

Gillian May 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

We share a lot of the same loves. Can I come? I want that scone..

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

I definitely love little places like that too. And I now have a craving for a pastry.

sarah (sarah learns) May 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

i still have not been to lazy jane’s. i don’t know what my problem is but that really needs to change soon!

Sarah May 17, 2011 at 8:51 am

Let me tell you, if I were local to Lazy Jane’s, I’d DEFINITELY be there. Spending a morning or an afternoon sounds perfect to me!

Kate @ NaturaStride May 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

Oh, I love me a bakery too. I want to know what the secret ingredient is as well!!!

Megan (Braise the Roof) May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Ah, Lazy Jane’s. I’m glad to hear that you’re becoming a bit of a regular and harassing the staff, finally. ;) Their coffee is pretty dang good, too!

colleenzo May 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I hated scones till I tried them at Lazy Jane’s. That place is the shazizzle.

Lauren May 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I totally agree!! A great bakery is a wonderful thing… I have one called The Upper Crust in my hometown that I could not live without. However, I do miss my #1 bakery… It’s called Arizmendi Bakery in San Francisco. Here is their website:

Seriously…. this place is amazing!!! It’s worth the plane ticket to Sf :) and then we could hangout!!

Katie May 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Mmmmmm, your description of a good bakery makes me swoon. I want to sink into a comfy armchair and lose myself in a bad-for-my-ticker scone.

Jess May 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

That place looks adorable!! I wish I knew where all those cute places were in my city…

melissa May 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

oh geez. Must. Have. Scone.

Susan May 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Oh you know I love a good bakery!! Anywhere I go, if I pass a bakery, I have to go in and check it out. I even DROVE by one the other day and pulled in to see the goods.

Scones, biscuits, croissants, buns… I’ve learned that if they’re amazingly delicious, chances are very high that they contain mass quantities of cream and butter. And I am okay with that ;)

Nichole @ Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion May 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I am not one to visit bakeries very often but I would love to find one in Milwaukee/Waukesha area that has vegan options. Besides Whole Foods…

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) May 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

oh heavens, i could really go for one of those scones and a cup of coffee. right now.

i, too, love bakeries and scones and butter and heavy whipping cream. true story – there’s a pint of it in my fridge right now. love you lady! any news on a potential nyc visit this summer?

Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Even if I don’t get anything, I just love looking at all the goodies in bakeries! They’re always so gorgeous and yummy looking.

janetha @ meals & moves May 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

If I dress up like a sticky bun can I win a place in your heart before bakeries?

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