Penny’s Diner (Bill, WY)

Quick take:

OK, but nothing incredible.


If you drive through the seemingly endless plains of eastern Wyoming on I-25,¬†you might eventually arrive in Bill. There are only three stores in Bill: the post office, the Oak Tree Inn, and Penny’s Diner, which is attached to the Oak Tree Inn.

I was in town for the 2017 solar eclipse, and when I walked in to Penny’s Diner for breakfast, I couldn’t help but notice the stacks of plastic-wrapped cinnamon rolls prominently displayed along the counter. I sat down and asked for one.

Cinnamon roll at Penny's Diner in Bill, WY

Cinnamon roll at Penny’s Diner in Bill, WY

The roll was served at room temperature and looked decent even when the plastic wrap was removed. I didn’t ask if they were baked in-store or off-site, but based on the packaging and the remoteness of the area, I suspect this one was baked on-site within the previous day or two.

The slightly tough bread had a decent taste. The inter-swirl cinnamon layer could have been a bit more assertive but was serviceable. Unfortunately, the cream cheese frosting really let down the rest of the roll. The mouthfeel was extremely grainy, and there was a strange vaguely minty aftertaste.

I think a trip through the microwave for 15 seconds would have improved everything substantially: the bread would have been softened up, and the frosting would have become smoother.

Overall, an acceptable effort that was held back by its frosting. 7/10

Where to get it:

Penny’s Diner

3522 N. Hwy. 59

Douglas, WY 82633

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