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Cinnamon Roll Challenge

We pitted eight local buns against one another in a pastry showdown. So who sealed the sweet deal?


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Café Gratitude

The plant-based eatery’s take on a cinnamon roll is ideal for the gluten-intolerant, but compared to the real thing, this one tasted dry.

The Red Door

The presentation deserves high marks, but the flaky dough and airy texture gave it more of a puff pastry feel.

 

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

The fruit compote—flavors rotate based on season—paired with cream cheese frosting took this pillow-soft roll to the next level.

Con Pane

With perfect proportions of bread, cinnamon, and frosting, Con Pane’s take was a close runner-up.

 

The Patio on Goldfinch

Without enough cinnamon, plus the addition of a raisin-nut combo topping, this one seemed more like a distant relative of the cinnamon roll.

Bear Buns Bakery

The dough and frosting were on point, but that heavy-handed, crunchy cinnamon center was overkill for many of us.

 
The Winner

Urban Solace

We’re not worthy! This decadent roll is topped with a butter pecan sauce, loads of crunchy pecans, and a slab of cream cheese frosting. As one staffer said, “That sauce, I just want to take a bath in it.”

Cafe Topes

This roll had one of the most memorable frostings, but the overly doughy texture was a polarizing factor.

 
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