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May 11, 2009 01:59 PM

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns

I am looking for a place that makes old fashioned sticky buns or cinnamon buns.

Many many decades ago there was a place right by the last stop of the Frankford EL on Frankford Avenue, right underneath the tracks that sold the most delicious buns. No matter when you went in there, they were always fresh and hot. I think the place was called "Bucky's Sticky Buns". That's what I'm looking for.

Some people call them sticky buns and some call them cinnamon buns. I don't care what they are called, I just want to eat them.

I would like to find a place in the Phila. area but NOT center city. I cringe at the thought of driving there and/or parking.

I am particularly looking in the city line, Manayunk, Roxborough, Plymouth Meeting, Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill, King of Prussia, Norristown, Blue Bell, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Main Line, (Bala Cynwyd, Wynnewood, Bryn Mawr, Narberth, Ardmore) areas. But I would consider going to other areas as well if you know of some place that has them.

Thanks for any help anyone can give.

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  1. They have very good ones at Beiler's in Reading Terminal. If you can put up with a trip on SEPTA (smirk), the market is connected to the Market East stop on many regional rail lines or the MFL.

    1. We're on the same quest. The sticky buns at Amelyn's are not bad. The store is in a shopping center across the street from Jim Wynn Volkswagen. I haven't been there in a while. The sticky buns at Fleck's in the Q-Mart in Quakertown are good too.

      Amelyn Donuts
      2030 W Main St
      Norristown, PA 19403
      (610) 631-2397‎

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      1. re: nevets

        Drool. I love Fleck's. I still remember when Fleck's was in montgomeryville. Sigh. They were my grandfather's favorite treat. Last time I was at the Q-Mart I got there too late to get any. They always sell out.

        1. re: givemecarbs

          Fleck's, absolutely--but as you learned to your chagrin, when they are gone, they are GONE. And as far as I am concerned, sticky buns and cinnamon buns are definitely two different things. Stick buns are, well, sticky. They are yeast raised rolls with "goo" in the pan, turned out so the goo runs over them. Cinnamon buns are not sticky, can be iced sometimes.
          I make my own and I have to admit, they are pretty good...

          1. re: dberg1313

            Oh I love to watch those buns turned out with all the hot bubbling goo running over them at Fleck's. They do it right in front of the sometimes long line of customers, with only a plexiglass window and a few inches between you and the hot buns. They hand you your cardboard box or three, still quite warm, and then you can wander around the qmart inhaling the aroma from the buns. Most people can get the buns out to the car intact, but it is very hard to resist eating some on the way home. Fleck's has been in business so long that it was one of the few places you could go on sundays back when the blue laws were still in effect. The old farmer's market in montgomeryville, their first home, was body to body on sundays, each family clutching two three or four precious cardboard boxes with the blue flecks label on them.

            1. re: givemecarbs

              We moved to Gwynedd Valley in the late 60's. I remember my parents sending me up to the Montgomeryville Mart for Sunday morning rituals to get a box of sticky buns, a Sunday Inky and a few other provisions. Talk about torture! Try having a dozen sizzling buns dropped in a box and you have to drive back to Springhouse with the aroma permeating the car but unable to touch one of the 390-degree temptresses. ARRRRGGHHHH! (But it was worth the loss of fingerprints on my right hand.)


              P.S. Who remembers Bethlehem Pike as a TWO-lane country road going through nothing but cornfields from Spring House (Martin Century Farms across from the Spring House Tavern) up to Montgomeryville? And Eckert's farm market northbound just before Montgomeryville. They were the only early source of the first sweet watermelons and Silver Queen corn of the season? (Sigh!)

              1. re: Chefpaulo

                Great post chefpaulo! The soft pretzels from the old mart were not too shabby either. I miss the 202 diner. I remember my dad getting us a flight to the shore for a quick dip in the ocean once from the 202 airport. We had to wait for the pilot to finish his lunch at the diner. I miss the milkshakes from witchwood farms too. And Big Pixie. Yum! Could use a Big Pixie right now.

              2. re: givemecarbs

                We would get two boxes from Fleck's - one started to disappear on the way to the car and was gone by the time we got home. The second lasted until sometime in the early afternoon. I've got to go to the Q-Mart this weekend!!!!!!

              3. re: dberg1313

                I'm enjoying this thread. I agree with you, dberg1313, about sticky buns and cinnamon buns being two different things. I'm always looking for good cinnamon buns. I'm hoping more people will post about those specifically. I'm not that keen on sticky buns.

                1. re: dberg1313

                  Quite right, Sticky Buns & Cinnamon Buns are NOT the same.

            2. I know what you mean, but honestly, you have to make them yourself these days. Night Kitchen in Chestnut Hill does a decent job of them.

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              1. re: gardens4me

                Coming in very late on this, but I second the Night Kitchen. The best and butteriest of them. My dad used to slice them up the next day, slather them in butter and FRY THEM.
                Good times...

              2. definitely the amish in reading terminal, but also stock's bakery at mercer and lehigh in port richmond. they make excellent sticky buns. while you are there make sure you pick up a butter cake, danish, a pound cake and their absolutely perfect for 35 cents tea biscuits. :)

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                1. re: mazza3

                  Wasn't there a place in the King of Prussia Plaza called The Sticky Bun? I remember getting them as a kid, sadly they are long gone like many KoP Mall fixtures...

                2. I love the cinnamon buns at Oteri's Bakery - on 5th Street in Olney. Not a great neighborhood but the cinnamon buns are loaded in butter!

                  Tell Lisa (the ownner) that Beth sent you!!!!

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                  1. re: Betharu

                    Oh I grew up in East Oak Lane and Oteri's was great way back then. Glad to hear they are still there - loved their rum cake too