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  1. brussels, are you extending an invitation to your house for Cinnamon Rolls?

    Thanks, i guess i'll have to wait on the ones at the Fair in September (?) unless someone else chimes in in the meantime.

    1. Don't laugh but...someone gave me a bite of their McDonald's warm cinnamon roll and (much to my surprise), it was quite tasty.

      1. This topic has been around.

        La Maison du Pain on Pico.

        Mr Taster

        La Maison Du Pain
        5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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            1. re: Burger Boy

              i fourth the recommendation of la maison du pain

              1. re: westsidegal

                Hey, stop following me! I am gonna call the cops, knock it off.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    You notice I did not even bother...............LOL

          1. re: Mr Taster

            thanks for chastising me on the topic.

            but i must be dyslexic or something since i got the two bakeries confused all the time. the la maison du pain on Pico in Santa Monica with the bakery also on Pico in Mid-City (near where Hauser crosses Pico).


            1. re: kevin

              Not chastising, just informing

              This would be chastising! ;)

              Mr Taster

            2. re: Mr Taster

              I always always always agree they are the best however the last time I bought the usual 8, a few weeks ago, I brought them home and they weren't their usual crispy, flaky on the outside self.
              They were not that great....it's that flakiness that sets them apart.

              1. re: latindancer

                Wonder if they were day old or did they put a glaze on them? I hate glazes, they take away the crispy flakyness!

              2. re: Mr Taster

                OK, I had to try. Just picked up a couple for my breakfast on Sunday. Can't wait to enjoy them.

              3. I haven't been to any of the fancy places but I like the ones at Polly's Pies in Long Beach.

                1. What kind do you like?

                  Royal Donuts at Sepulveda/Palms has great ones

                  Also, in the valley, K's Donut Emporium at Bev Glen/Ventura

                  Surprisingly, Ralph's makes one - well actually they make two versions - the good one comes either in a square black plastic box, and has a thick cream cheesey frosting on top - they sell a round version in the bakery, but the boxed ones are better only bc they have slightly more cinnamony filling. (the other one comes in a rectangular aluminum tin and has a frosting glaze, not cream cheese. these are dry and blech.) the good ones are great when heated up.

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                  1. re: Emme

                    If you like the big, round crispy fried then glazed kind, I really like the ones at Royal -- they are in the middle of the strip mall on the S/E corner of Sepulveda and Palms, south of the Trader Joe's. The proprietors there couldn't be more hardworking and friendly. Their crumb donuts and twists are also excellent.

                    If you like a lighter raised baked then iced version, you can't do much better than Primo's. On the east side of Sawtelle, just north of National.

                    1. re: nosh

                      You had to go and mention Primo's again....
                      Well, off to Sawtelle in the wee hours of the morning to get that buttermilk bar fix.

                    1. I am partial to Cinnabon. They have locations at pretty much every mall and they sell versions at grocery stores.

                      Can't eat too many of those, because the calorie/fat count is ridiculous.

                      As a distant second, I like the donut type cinnamon rolls at a chain called Donut Star.

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                      1. re: DrBruin

                        In my experience, Cinnabon tastes very good the first couple of bites but then the extreme sweetness gets to me, making me feel a bit out of it for the next couple of hours.

                        One of the best I've ever had was at Porto's where they make a weekday only version of a Cinnamon roll that is very good. Lately, I've really like the rolls at Le Donut in Duarte (Huntington & Highland, 7/11 shopping center) which are really tasty...at least in the morning when they're fresh...and cheap.

                        1. re: heckonwheels

                          co-sign on the cinnabon comment...they're good for about the outer layer (i eat mine out to in...haha)...then i start feeling sick too

                          1. re: jaypeezy

                            See, I go from inside to out. Or, better yet, I just buy a 3-pack of the mini-bons. Just the right amount of gooey-cinnamon-sugary goodness, without the post-prandial power plunge.

                            1. re: DrBruin

                              I wholeheartedly agree, the outer layer is by far the worst. If I were to eat a single layer, I'd eat the innermost one! The outer layer is always so dry!

                              1. re: azibo

                                funny as a kid, i would eat toward the middle, getting rid of the crappiest part first. i'd let the frosting drip off of the outside parts onto the middle, so that the frosting would be left for the gooiest center bite. then i'd sop up the remaining frosting pool with a spoon. or a finger. such was standard operating procedure for sara lee cinnamon rolls, or the random cinnabon.

                        2. re: DrBruin

                          Cinnabon always smells fantastic and never tastes as good, IMO. I equate Cinnabon in airports with churros at amusement parks--always smells like a good idea, but never really is.

                        3. kevin, see my reply in the link below for Alice's Breakfast in the Park. These are worth a drive. Have a very good breakfast and cinnamon roll. Take some home with you. Nice cottage ambiance inside and on the weekend you can sit outside with your dog (if you have one) and then take your best friend to the dog park around the corner.

                          Cinnamon Rolls

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                          1. re: JeetJet

                            JeetJet, is Alice's jammed on the weekends?

                            1. re: Harry Nile

                              They do draw a crowd on the weekends and sometimes you may have to circle the parking lot a couple of times. The parking lot is also for the city park. But there is plenty of parking as you enter the park and just a short walk to Alice's. If you want breakfast you will have a longer wait for an inside table than for an outside table. Also, the inside does not have as good of a view of the lake as sitting outside. Either way the time goes by fast and if you have kids the time goes by faster because they can feed the ducks with the $1 bags of duck food just inside the door. Actually, I have bought that duck food myself even when there is no wait. I went there yesterday and bought two CR to go. I requested them to package them with icing on the side and they also put crushed walnuts on the side. The icing is very good also.

                              Side note -- if you have real chowhound (Dog) they have free samples of their special baked dog biscutts. I gave my dog half of one and it had the look and smell of fresh baked wheat bread. Also, take your best friend to the best dog park in the L.A. Area located just around the corner.

                            2. re: JeetJet

                              JeetjJet, I remember you mentioned a great cinnamon roll with apples in Seal Beach(?). Do you remember the name of that place and how did that cinnamon roll compare with the cinnamon roll at Alice's? Thanks in advance.

                              1. re: Norm Man

                                Sweet Jills is in Seal Beach. I do not recall apple but they have so many good things that maybe it was therre. The sticky buns are really good at Sweet Jilla's but I have a major sugar crash after having half of one. I think Alice's is the best for a true cinnamon roll and less sugar..Hey Norm, try both places on the same day and report back after you wake up from the crash.

                                Alice's Breakfast in the Park (Cinnamon rolls and breakfast)
                                6622 Lakeview, (this place really is on the lake in the park)
                                Huntington Beach, California
                                (714) 848-0690

                                Sweet Jills
                                123 Main St
                                Seal Beach, CA 90740

                                (562) 598-3445

                                1. re: JeetJet

                                  Thanks for the reminder about Sweet Jill's.

                                  Regarding Sweet Jill's Cinnamon Rolls with Apple, check out your May 09, 2006 post (as Like-Go-Eat?):


                                  I remember your mouth watering review of the apple cinnamon roll!!!

                                  1. re: Norm Man

                                    Last night I edited my reply but the edit did not take. ?? I wrote that, "I be thinking and do recall the apple. It was like a small unside down kind of thing with those apples bakes in cinamon and sugar." I recall drinking almost a half gallon of milk after leaving there.just before a good long --- deep sleep.

                                    Thanks for the link to that old post. What I said about sitting inside Jill's is still true. So many people come inside and gaze at the display case. Great place for a treat and people watching.

                            3. The ones at Jamaica's Cakes are also very good.

                              Jamaica's Cakes
                              11511 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                1. re: echoparkdirt

                                  dunno if this is the one you're referring to, but i really liked the small cinnamon/custard snail-shaped pastry at WF. it has the perfect amount of sweetness and the butteriness stands out.

                                2. Well, Joshua did a tasting and came up with three suggestions, none previouslly mentioned on this post.
                                  After reading all these comments, other than the donut place on Ventura & Beverly Glen, any in the valley worthy of note?

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                                  1. re: carter

                                    They all looked good, especially the one at Huckleberry. I am still partial to the baked version at Primo's on Sawtelle (see photo attached).

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                                    Here is a link to the photo: http://www.primosdonuts.com/images/im...

                                    The baked cinnamon roll is the one on the left. The one in the center is their bear claw and on the right is their croissant...

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Looks good, yet Sawtelle in the morning is not a commute I would choose to make, even on Saturday from Sherman Oaks.
                                      If I did, and were already at the Santa Monica Blvd. offramp on the 405, I would just continue on to Huckleberry to see what it was all about. Primo is well-thought of, and will still be around a year from now, yet Huckeberry is one I definitely want to get to, traffic permitting.

                                      1. re: carter

                                        Saturday morning, after the summer weather abates, from S.O.'s to either Primo's or Huckleberry should be a cinch. Even the other day when I went out to Don Adrian's on Victory for my cemitas poblanas taste test, the drive back wasn't at all bad (and it was after 10:30 AM by the time I got back on the road. When the valley gets hot early the crowd does tend to depart for the beach more morningish.

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          I have been on the 405 on Saturday am, meaning anywhere from 7:30-11am, and there is no guarantee on traffic issues.
                                          I just need to generate an excuse, and a cinnamon roll in and of itself does not qualify. Now if someone invited me to a taste test, well.....
                                          ps - never heard of Don Adrian's on Victory - talk to me, yet not to yank the thread in the process.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              Victory & Hazeltine - who knew?! Well, at least I didn't, but do now.

                                              1. re: carter

                                                Actually Victory & Kester. As to "...who knew?!" Hounds, knew - that's who! ;-D>

                                  2. Delilah's in Echo Park. The best I've had.

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                                    1. re: Suebee

                                      Have tasted several items from Delilah's and they have all been very good.
                                      sure hope you are right regarding the cinnamon rolls.