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Aug 22, 2007 08:10 AM

Help! Looking for the best cinnamon rolls!

7 years ago I visited Chicago for the first time. My then friend took me to a swedish diner that served the most incredible cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted. I don't remember the street or even the area. But I do remember they gave u an option of having a cinnamon roll instead of toast with your eggs. I'm coming back to the Windy City in November and would love to find these delicious gems again. (Or to be pointed in the direction of other great Chicago cuisines!) Thanks much!

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Hey, this place looks great and I will def check it out. But I don't think it's the one I had been too. The place I'm looking for was very old school...not hip or luxorious in any way, but also not a dive. It looked like a run of the mill diner from the outside. So I'm now guessing there are a lot of places to get swedish cinnamon rolls in the Chicago? All suggestons are welcome!

      1. re: firesoul

        Was it a free-standing diner, or was it attached to other buildings? There are a few Ann Sathers in the area. There are a few other swedish diners, but when someone says Swedish, diner, and choice of cinnamon rolls, toast, or muffins with your meal, about 98% of Chicagoland wll assume you are talking about Ann Sathers. The one on Belmont is not hip or luxurious on the inside, and is old school. Do you remember anything else about the area it was in?

        1. re: gordeaux

          it's GOTTA be ann sather's on belmont......where else could it be? super old school diner on the inside, and the pic on the website doesn't quite do it justice to it's old-school vibes.

          you can also walk inside & they have a counter where you can order the cinnamon rolls to go, as many as you'd like. but dining it is always fun b/c the rolls come out nice & warm!

          1. re: smellen

            Totally, right? Ann Sather's. I read the first few words of the original post and immediately thought "Ann Sathers"

            1. re: Enorah

              I would also think this must be Ann Sather's.

              But, does Svea have cinnamon rolls? Could it be Svea?

              Link with a picture of Svea:

              1. re: Amata

                Svea doesn't have cinnamon rolls. I love that place but alas, you have make do with no rolls.

                I wonder if it was Tre Kroner?

                1. re: lbs

                  thanks, lbs.

                  Tre Kronor does have cinnamon rolls, but it's in a converted house -- it would never be described as looking like a diner.


                  But maybe the OP would enjoy trying *all* the Swedish places in town during his/her visit. :-) Here's the address for Tre Kronor.

                  Tre Kronor
                  3258 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

    2. I LOVE good cinnamon rolls. The best cinnamon rolls I have ever eaten in my entire life are the "cinnamon swirl" rolls at Fox and Obel. Flaky, dense, sinfully rich, with just the right touch of cinnamon. Available at the bakery counter as well as at their cafe.

      1. It had to have been Ann Sather's. Probably the Andersonville location (the only one without a picture ;)

        1. It had to have been Ann Sather- the one on Belmont is right near an El stop and very old world inside. Ring a bell?

          1. Ann Sather's on Clark and Foster is a little more diner-looking than the one on Belmont. Their cinnamon rolls are outstanding, and huge! If this is not the place you went, firesoul, I don't think you would be disappointed by trying these. Svea's (also on Clark) is also very good. Their Swedish pancakes are smaller than the ones at Ann Sather's but they taste better.