3915 Grape Rd
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About a mile south of the University Park Mall in Mishawaka resides Rise'n Roll Bakery & Deli. According to their website, the bakery began with one store opened by an Amish couple in 2001. Since then, the couple sold the store, which was then franchised and has since opened five locations in the Michiana area. The Mishawaka location boasts a bakery with a selection of pies, donuts and other pastries, bread and other assorted baked goods. Beginning this week, I was disappointed to learn that the shop was only serving breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays; however, next week they will begin making pączkis in time for Fat Tuesday.
Food: Because I went in expecting to have a delicious breakfast muffin, I was immediately disappointed by the lack of breakfast foods. Instead, I settled for something from the bread section and a donut. I chose a sweet apple bread and a sticky pecan roll. The sweet apple bread tasted fine; it was distinctly apple-flavored and was not too sweet. Unfortunately, it did not taste very fresh. The label on the package says “Handmade from Scratch,” but I only wonder how long ago that was. The sticky pecan roll went heavy on the sticky. With thick layers of maple syrup on the top and bottom, the roll was overwhelmingly sweet. I was offered a free 8 oz. coffee with the sticky pecan roll, which I happily accepted. Unfortunately, I got exactly what I paid for. The coffee was only distinguishable from warm water due to its black color and slightly burned taste. The deli seemed to have a decent selection of lunch sandwiches, ice cream, and potato and pasta salads, so perhaps this section of Rise ‘n Roll is more impressive than the baked goods.
Atmosphere & Service: When I walked into Rise ‘n Roll, I was not greeted with the wafting aromas of baked goods that I was expecting. Rather, the room felt much more grocery store-like than bakery-esque. There were rows of shelves containing baked goods wrapped in plastic, as well as a small selection of gluten-free fare. About a quarter of the store was filled with booths, tables and a bar for seating. This section was underwhelming in its coziness, as it felt like seating more suited for, again, a grocery store. Rise ‘n Roll has free Wi-Fi, but I did not see many outlets. It would make a decent study area (if you find the bustle of grocery stores conducive to studying), but only if your devices are equipped with a long battery life.
Price: The prices seemed pretty standard for a bakery. My two items were about $5 in total, which was fair. A dozen assorted donuts range from $6 to $8, which also seems fair, though I did not try the donuts. Several of them looked rather tasty, yet still generic.
Overall: I was generally unimpressed with Rise ‘n Roll. I may return to try some of the other items, but I do not anticipate rushing back. Perhaps Monday morning is not the time to go, and at other times of the week the fares are fresher and more exciting. Because I like my bakeries to smell and feel like bakeries, I will probably look elsewhere.
2 out of 5 whisks