Rounds Restaurant offers a timeless take on a sweet breakfast staple, the cinnamon roll. Treat yourself to the classic, then start your tour of five more bakeries who offer up their own take on this delicious breakfast must.
Rounds Restaurant // Traverse City
Frosty winter mornings are made for savoring sweet breakfast treats, like the warm, gooey cinnamon rolls at Round’s Restaurant in Traverse City. Rounds is known far and wide for their golden, freshly baked rolls, which they grill and split in half before serving. Their decadent cinnamon rolls feature raisins sprinkled throughout, a warm caramel topping and a dusting of powdered sugar. Cozy up with a cup of Joe in one of their booths to top off the experience.
Some things never change … They say if you sit at the counter of Rounds long enough, you get younger. That’s because on the wall of the restaurant is a backward clock: The hands turn counterclockwise, tick tick ticking back in time. It’s been there since the early ’80s when a longtime server, Rachel, found it at a grade sale. That clock is appropriate, too, because Rounds is the kind of place that seems to have turned back the hands of time. Go grab a seat, order a cinnamon roll and experience the magic.
Warm-up with these cinnamon rolls from bakeries across the North!
Crooked Tree Breadworks // Petoskey
Available only on Wednesdays, Crooked Tree Breadworks’ brioche cinnamon roll with spiced streusel topping and brown butter drizzle is a cult favorite. You can purchase a roll when the bakery opens at 8 a.m., or call in your order ahead of time to ensure you snag one before they sell out. These scrumptious cinnamon rolls freeze wonderfully, so order a few extra and treat yourself throughout the week.
Barb’s Bakery // Northport
It’s common knowledge that Barb’s Bakery is the place to go in Northport to get your cinnamon fix. Not only does this beloved bakery offer the classic frosted cinnamon roll, but they’ve also perfected the cinnamon twist—a must-try crowd favorite. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your pastry of choice on one of the quaint benches out front. (Don’t forget cash—Barb’s doesn’t accept credit cards.)
9 Bean Rows // Suttons Bay
9 Bean Rows transforms its buttery, flaky croissants into a variety of both sweet and savory creations, including their popular cinnamon croissant—rolled up into a bun with ribbons of icing. If you want to make sure you score one, place a special order by phone or email (give the bakery at least two days’ advance notice).
Cops & Doughnuts: Jay’s Precinct // Gaylord
Cops & Doughnuts offers patrons plenty of cinnamon bun options—from maple glazed and chocolate with nuts, to pecan and frosted with coconut. These bestselling buns, as well as the rest of their sweet offerings, are baked fresh daily and delivered to the Gaylord shop each morning from the Cops & Doughnuts headquarters in downtown Clare.
Bay Bread Company // Traverse City
If you’re craving that classic, massive cinnamon roll slathered in cream cheese frosting, look no further than Bay Bread Company. And while you’re there, check out their other tasty treats, including sticky buns, muffins and a wide array of scones. Pick up a latte and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich to round out your brekkie experience.
This article ran in the December 2020 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine alongside handmade chocolates, snowman cakes, and more. Buy the digital issue below, or subscribe to get fabulous food and drink ideas all year round!