10 Best Cinnamon Rolls in Los Angeles

Proof Morning Bun
Proof Morning Bun
Rachael Narins

7. Proof:

In Atwater Village's chicest coffee and baked-goods storefront, the cinnamon bun goes by the coy moniker "breakfast roll" "morning bun," but to us it's a truly gifted baker's version of a cinnamon roll. Each toothy bite gives you a mouthful of salty butter, bread and heady spices in a way cinnamon toast aspires to. If you're craving one, we suggest calling ahead, since they are made in limited quantities and may have run out before you get there. 3156 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 664-8633.

Stan's Cinnamon Bun
Stan's Cinnamon Bun
Rachael Narins

6. Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop:

It's a fried donut with cinnamon swirled in. It's huge and costs $3. Any questions? Made fresh daily by Stan in the same Westwood spot they've occupied since the 1970's, the plate-sized roll is sticky joy. It also comes in blueberry-cinnamon, raisin-cinnamon and chocolate chip-cinnamon. While the original is perfect in its way, the chocolate chip is worth trying as well: consider it a Mesoamerican twist. 10948 Weyburn Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 208-8660.

Little Flower Candy Co. Cafe
Little Flower Candy Co. Cafe
Rachael Narins

5. Little Flower Candy Company Café:

If morning comes and you aren't able to pop in to the welcoming Little Flower Candy Company Cafe in Pasadena but still want to try Christine Moore's irresistible cinnamon rolls, now there's a way. With the release of Little Flower: Recipes from the Café, anyone can try to replicate them at home. Moore explains the secret is her quick puff dough and a confident hand. With a small sprinkling of chopped nuts for texture and a hint of salty crunch, these are more than just cinnamon buns -- they are a positively delicious way to start the day. 1422 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 304-4800.

Keep reading for number 4 on ...

Clementine Cinnamon Bun
Clementine Cinnamon Bun
Rachael Narins

4. Clementine:

What have we here? Well, it's a frosted, fresh-baked, tall, fluffy, sugary, pull-apart cinnamon infused breakfast fantasy come true. What more could a person ask for? We love everything about this decadent, share-able version, except that it's only available on Saturday. Of course that makes it more covetable; but the fact also bumped it to number four on our list. 1751 Ensley Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 552-1080.

Röckenwagner Bakery
Röckenwagner Bakery
Rachael Narins

3. Röckenwagner:

At Hans Röckenwagner's eponymous bakery they've managed to create a crush-worthy sugar bomb that meets and exceeds all expectations of a doughnut-style cinnamon bun. Handily available at his Santa Monica location, it's the sinful counterpoint to that oh-so-healthy bounty from the farmers market popping up just outside their door twice a week. Try tearing it apart and dunking it in to unsweetened coffee to really taste the bliss.311 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 394-4267.

Black Cat Bakery Cinnamon Bun
Black Cat Bakery Cinnamon Bun
Rachael Narins

2. Black Cat Bakery and Cafe:

The barely sweet dough is sliced into tall ribbons, tightly rolled and baked in a muffin tin. In the oven it rises, turns a deep luxurious brown and emerges resembling a winter rose with a dusting of sugar. The exterior has the right amount of give and the tender crumb encircles the light handed cinnamon with a uniformly satisfying give. Equally good at room temperature or warmed up. 519 South Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 932-1500.

And for our top pick...

Primo's Cinnamon Bun
Primo's Cinnamon Bun
Rachael Narins

1. Primo's:

Primo's handily won the number one spot for having a superior product, but also for having been owned and operated by Ralph and Silvia Primo and their children since 1956. Their flawless baked cinnamon roll manages to be everything to everyone. It's airy and rich, sweet but not cloying, and threaded through with a dark mahogany ribbon of fragrant cinnamon. Order individually or by the dozen -- but just don't wait to long to unspool it, dig in and relish the magic. 2918 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 478-6930.

Just in case that list isn't long enough, you may want to try a few of our runners-up, including: Huckleberry, B1 Bakeshop, Spudnuts and Joan's on Third. All of them are house-made and worth a try.

And one last word for those of you who think we forgot spots like MB Post or Sycamore Kitchen (for instance), we gently remind you that they don't actually make cinnamon rolls. They make sticky buns -- really, really good ones -- so keep an eye out for our top 10 on that topic at a later date.

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