Hankering for something sweet? Look no further than these fabulous local bakeries where bootstrappy artisans are whipping up treats and temptations to please any palate.
In Orlando’s Milk District, Se7en Bites proprietor Trina Gregory-Propst (shown above) is baking in the same space where she used to have lunch with her grandfather as a child when the restaurant was the Sandwich King. “They served a meatloaf sandwich that was one of my favorites as a kid, so now we serve one, too,” says Gregory-Propst. She’s renovated the spot into a delightful eatery, with glass cases showing off sweet and savory baked goods: bacon-cheddar-chive scones, lavender- vanilla bean shortbread, a towering dark-chocolate stout cake, oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Gregory-Propst went through surgery for weight loss, and her doctor recommended seven bites of any food to maintain her weight. “So I wanted to make the seven bites the best,” she says. Se7en Bites is open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, when they expand their breakfast menu with favorites such as biscuits and gravy, waffles and a ham-and-egg sandwich with pimento cheese. Coffee is locally roasted, and no sodas are served, but Gregory-Propst makes aqua fresca with seasonal fruit (like mango passionfruit with tarragon). 207 N. Primrose Dr., Orlando; (407) 203-0727; se7enbites.com.