Roll. Bun. Swirl. Snail. Whatever you call the cinnamon-sugar pastry rolled and topped with glaze or cream cheese frosting, it’s an important staple of breakfast — or dessert, or lunch, or dinner. (And yes, cinnamon snail is a legitimate term for a cinnamon roll, in case you hadn’t heard it before.)
You’ll find cinnamon rolls at several Tulsa eateries, each one different from the next. These five places are not the only spots with good swirls, but they each have a distinct character worth noting — and they’re available every day of the week, so you can get your fix whenever the craving strikes.
If you’re too tired when you order a giant cinnamon roll at Tally’s Good Food Cafe, you might be tempted to use this fluffy, doughy delight as a pillow for your weary head. It’s that soft. Topped with zigzagging frosted glaze, this saccharine swirl will satisfy your sweet tooth and then some. Bring friends to share with because you probably won’t finish this one by yourself. This is the cinnamon roll dreams are made of. ($3.95; add $1 for pecans) 1102 S. Yale Ave., 918-835-8039; 6100 S. Sheridan Road, 918-895-6375; tallyscafe.com
Another sweetie, Dilly Diner’s roll comes with a brown sugar pecan glaze, or whipped cream cheese frosting ($6.95). Dubbed “The Jed” after owner Elliot Nelson’s son, the golden edges offer a warm, flaky greeting when you cut into the roll. The cream cheese icing on top is a tart contrast to the gooey compote between the swirls of bread, and the pecans on top added a nice crunchy texture. 402 E. Second St., 918-938-6382, dillydiner.com
Get to Savoy early because cinnamon rolls are made fresh daily at 7 a.m. This softball-sized swirl is perfect if you need a pastry for breakfast ($4.50). The texture is well-balanced, and the cinnamon-sugar mixture twisted inside is present but not too goopy. The bread is soft and light, and as you get to the center, the roll evolves from a slightly golden crunch on the outside to a soft, delectable center. 6033 S. Sheridan Road, 918-494-5621, eatsavoy.com
The roll ($3) at Phill’s Diner described in one phrase: cinnamon-sugar explosion. The spongy bread is topped with a classic glaze that fills the swirl’s nooks and crannies, collecting in a sugary pool in the base of the plate. The cinnamon-sugar mixture isn’t overbearing, and the texture is appreciated in every bite. This one’s circumference is bigger than a softball but smaller than a football. 3310 E. 32nd St., 918-742-4563
The cinnamon roll at Jane’s Delicatessen is made from sourdough and topped with cream cheese frosting, making a combination of tart pastry contrasting with the sweetness in between the swirling layers. On the weekend brunch menu, Jane’s cinnamon rolls are the size of a dinner plate ($8). During the week, they are about half that size ($4). 2626 E. 11th St., 918-872-0501, janesdelicatessen.com