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Nov 5, 2011 10:10 AM

In search of exceptional cinnamon rolls

Hi Chowhounds,

One of my best girlfriends (who is pregnant, by the way) is visiting me in San Francisco this week, and has warned me she has been having insatiable cravings for cinnamon rolls. I have to admit, beyond Specialty's, I've never even noticed any local bakeries or restaurants serving cinnamon rolls. Any recommendations or tips greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!
The Cinnamon Roll Seekers

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  1. If all else fails backup could be Greenlee's Cinnamon Bread or Green's Cinnamon babka, now without partially hydrogenated oil.
    Then there is cinnabon.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Since I had my first Cinnabon when they opened a shop in one of the Embarcadero buildings in SF a long time ago, they've been my standard. I don't think I've ever found another cinnamon roll I like as well.

      174 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

    2. How about Devil's Teeth? Far from downtown but excellent cinnamon rolls.

      Devil's Teeth Baking Company
      3876 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

      1. You might also want to try Sin Dawgs from Dave's Killer Bread:

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm trying to avoid Cinnabon, but will report back on the others. Thanks!

          174 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

          1. Acme makes a cinnamon currant loaf with or without walnuts that is very good. Like what I have heard called monkey bread with nice sticky bottoms and sides.

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            1. re: wally

              From what I've seen, the Ferry Building serves only a smaller-sized version of this (no walnuts) for just under $3/loaf. You can get a bigger edition (with or without walnuts) at the Berkeley location.

              But as wally said, it's more like monkey bread than a traditional roll. It is very cinnamon-y and very good though.