An extremely good cinnamon roll. Currently a tie with Isles Bun for the title of “best cinnamon roll in Minneapolis” 10/10
Kowalski’s Market is a small chain of high-end supermarkets in the Twin Cities area. They are known for a variety of things, one of which is their bakery. When I learned that their bakers turned out cinnamon rolls, well, I turned up my nose and said, “No way am I going to try another chain cinnamon roll.”
Just kidding. I got in my car and sped there as fast as I could.
True to the rumors, a big tray of man-sized cinnamon rolls was on display in the bakery department. I scoffed at the neighboring caramel rolls, plucked one of the cinnamon rolls from its resting place, and made my way to the cashier.
Once home, I dug in. It. Was. Fantastic. Imagine a flaky croissant with arms, cinnamon separating each swirl, and thick cream cheese frosting on top. Tender with just the right amount of chewiness. Enough cinnamon flavor to make a statement, but not so much as to be overpowering. And that frosting, oh my.
I’ve been a bit concerned lately about day-to-day consistency in the cinnamon rolls from certain stores, so about a week after that first cinnamon zen experience, I went to a different Kowalski’s at a different time of day and tried the cinnamon roll again. Once again, it was amazing.
If you like a light, flaky cinnamon roll, then Kowalski’s is your best best in the Minneapolis area. If you prefer a heavy, doughy cinnamon roll (not a bad thing, mind you), then Isles Bun is still the winner. Co-champions. Appropriate for the Twin Cities, don’t you think?
Where to get it:
1261 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN