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In search of exceptional cinnamon rolls

Anastasy Nov 5, 2011 10:10 AM

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. wolfe RE: Anastasy Nov 5, 2011 11:14 AM

    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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      Malcolm Ruthven RE: wolfe Nov 5, 2011 09:00 PM

      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

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      absc RE: Anastasy Nov 5, 2011 11:17 AM

      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. tpc RE: Anastasy Nov 5, 2011 02:05 PM

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


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          Anastasy RE: Anastasy Nov 5, 2011 04:58 PM

          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

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            wally RE: Anastasy Nov 5, 2011 06:30 PM

            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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              josquared RE: wally Nov 5, 2011 11:02 PM

              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.

            2. Steve Green RE: Anastasy Nov 6, 2011 05:47 AM

              Arizmendi (at 9th & Irving) has great ones.

              1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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