Lilly Mae's Cinnamon Rolls

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$ • Bakery
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies, Dessert
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26 ratings

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700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Celiac

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Gluten-free cinnamon buns and products are kept completely separate and server washed their hands before serving me. They also had a separate frosting they used just to put on top of the gluten-free cinnamon buns.

The bun was delicious and was served warm, would definitely recommend.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 week ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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They keep the gluten free cinnamon rolls separate and have other gluten free options. Some of them are vegan as well. They took care to avoid cross contamination as well. Very good!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Had a cinnamon roll. They had other gluten free goodies too, which were all kept in a separate area. Cinnamon roll was on the dry side, but nothing unusual for gluten free food. They heat it up and add frosting which is delicious.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 2 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Cookies
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Symptomatic Celiac

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The cinnamon rolls are good. Maybe slightly on the dry side. They are kept in a separate area away from all the gluten items.

My only complaint is that the establishment doesn’t honor their signage which has been up for years (looked at pics on Google 2022). There’s a list of all the rolls offered from regular to almond, gluten free & sugar free. At the very bottom it clearly states Family 4 Pack: Buy 4 Get 1 Free! The lady told me it was for “only” the regular rolls & pointed to other signs posted. Which said nothing about being only for “regular” rolls. So I told her. She then said it’s for the frosted & unfrosted ones. Which I said yeah & that’s how the gluten free ones are offered too. Frosted or unfrosted. I really tried but in the end I didn’t win. They really need to fix their sign if that’s the case. I felt somewhat ripped off & frankly discriminated cause I’m being penalized for having Celiac! The sign said what it said which includes gluten free rolls! I’m posting a picture below of their sign of false advertisement. I’m unsure if I’ll be going back. Went to Nece’s in the past & I think I prefer them better plus it’s a Dedicated Gluten Free Establishment

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Gluten Sensitive

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Good gluten free cinnamon rolls but wouldn’t say the best

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Best GF cinnamon roll I’ve ever had!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Delicious and safe cinnamon roll

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 4 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Very nice staff! Friendly and knowledgeable. Many gf baked goods. We chose 5 gf cinnamon rolls with icing and one cookie. Crumble cookie. The kids rated this their favorite cinnamon roll!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Lovely gf selection separate from other areas, had a cinnamon roll with icing warmed up was lovely! Service was abit poor and non gluten free items rather expensive for what they were. Coffee wasn’t great either!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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A good selection of GF bakes, kept in a separate area of the bakery. The cinnamon rolls were fab and served warm with frosting if desired.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 7 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Was excited to see separate cinnamon rolls and frosting and even a separate microwave to warm. HOWEVER, after ordering and asking the employee if she could please be extra careful as I have Celiac she went to finish a gluten order to which she touched the edge of parchment with food on it. She then directly moved to put together our order without washing her hands. I had already paid and decided to let my non-celiac family enjoy the cinnamon rolls without me. While the rolls were in the dedicated microwave, she went back to do another gluten order touching pastry parchment with food on it, and then asked if we wanted silverware and napkins, to which she handled the with her gluten contaminated hands. Could I have tried to eat the middle of the cinnamon roll yes, but the fork was contaminated. At this point it wasn’t even worth it. If the service doesn’t wash hands or wear gloves between touching gluten vs gluten free then I can’t trust they bake the food in a safe manner. Sad :( why bother to go to that extent and ruin it at the finish!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Great cinnamon bun and very helpful staff. Would definitely recommend.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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I was so excited to have a GF cinnamon roll. I was DELICIOUS!! They warmed up the cinnamon roll, though you don’t have to. The GF baked goods: cookies, lemon bars, donuts, etc are all on a separate side of the room under glass domes with dedicated serving utensils. I bought a vanilla donut to have later.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Lovely cinnamon roll. GF biscuits, brownies etc all on a separate side of the room, under glass domes. Dedicated microwave for heating rolls. Will definitely return.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


I was excited to get to have a gf cinnamon roll. It was tasty, texture was pretty good warmed. All gf items were under their own glass domes, and utensils and frosting were dedicated for the gf items!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Overall Rating

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I was excited to have a gluten-free cinnamon roll, and while they definitely delivered on that promise, it was just OK. Very nice service, other gluten-free items I didn’t try, and close proximity to the aquarium and make it really wonderful, but the cinnamon roll itself, was just OK.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
Updated 10 months ago read full review

Wheat Allergy

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The shop owner was amazing and very helpful. My boy was able to enjoy a gluten and dairy free cinnamon roll and he loved it.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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Review


Lots of choices! Cinnamon rolls need to be eaten day of and not the next day! Great place!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Asymptomatic Celiac

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Review


I was a regular here while I went to school in the area. Great pastries & breakfast sandwiches & coffees. I heard through the grapevine (so, this may or may not be accurate) that the owner's daughter had celiac & sadly passed away, so the gluten free options here are definitely made with care. I'm a silent celiac so I'm not sure how safe they are, but everything I know of them leads me to believe that they really care and try to make a difference for people like us.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Very poor service!!! We were really looking forward to having a GF cinnamon roll for my daughter but the lady at the counter ignored us for 15’ even after letting her know that we were here. I can understand that you are busy but the least you could do is to let a potential customer know about it instead of clearly showing that you don’t care…

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

Updated 12 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Easy to find and extremely safe when it comes to food safety. The cinnamon roll is delicious, it’s so exciting to finally find a gluten free cinnamon roll after years of not having one❤ Totally separate area for GF. And different microwave to warm up. Very knowledgeable staff and so friendly!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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yummy GF cinnamon rolls, and other bakery items as well. The lemon bars are amazing! Have a little area with all of their GF items!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Yummy gluten free cinnamon rolls were the perfect breakfast before we walked over to the Monterey Aquarium. The GF rolls are stored in a separate covered case, she used tongs to grab them, they have a paper pastry cup around them, and a separate microwave to warm them. Super yummy!! And very pleased with this cute little bakeries GF procedures :)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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I ate the GF cinnamon roll with icing. It was amazing. If I lived in Monterey, I would want one every week. The staff seemed very diligent about avoiding cross-contamination; they described their baking process and keeping things separate. Since I usually cannot eat baked goods when I am away from my own kitchen, this was delightful.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Visited during listed open hours, very much closed.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent GF cinnamon rolls. We have been here several times & I’ve never reacted. This says a lot because I’m sensitive. Quick service. Ask them to warm the cinnamon roll (they are happy too) & it tastes even better!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Stopped in and was told the dedicated gluten free bakery was sold and the gluten free items are now baked in house with everything else

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

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Picked up GF rolls and a GF donut and took them back to our hotel for the next day. We heated the cinnamon rolls in the microwave and they were warm and gooey. Not as gooey as a gluten roll but I was so excited to have rolls (we were staying at a Holiday Inn and couldn’t have the cinnamon rolls). The donut was on the drier side but I had put it in the fridge. Overall happy mom & kids!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Had an area off to the side inside the store with an assortment of gluten-free treats such as cookies and cinnamon rolls. Very nice people.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Asymptomatic Celiac

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Stopped by hoping to try their GF rolls but they didn’t have them in stock. They did confirm that they bake them at the Mourning Dove facility which is GF. I appreciate that. Just wish they had them available to purchase at 11:00am on a Saturday. (They did say that is their own recipe, not that they resell MD’s rolls)

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Gf made at dedicated gf kitchen off premises. Owner very cautious

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The gf cinnamon roll was delicious. It tasted like a “normal” one.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Asymptomatic Celiac

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Agreed with the previous review - walked in to look and was similarly put off by the cinnamon rolls and cookies.

Did not ask about preparation, but they do keep the finished goods on the other side of the register from the gluten ones.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We walked in and asked about the GF options. We were directed to a single, small, enclosed container with a couple of items that looked old and unappealing. We walked out.

Edited to add: I would NOT recommend this to a fellow celiac and am frustrated that my review indicates "celiac friendly". As a celiac, I walked out.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GF cinnamon rolls and cookies kept separately from other items and heated in a separate oven. They were the best I’ve had yet! No reaction

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Very tasty cinnamon roll. They have a couple cookies too.

Got it heated up with frosting. Would recommend. No reaction.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Would highly recommend. The cinnamon rolls are excellent!!! We stopped there yesterday and again today. The gluten free rolls were kept separate from the other baked goods, so we felt really comfortable that they were safe to eat. I suggest going earlier in the day so they don’t run out. And, get it warmed up...so good.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was very helpful. Had both frosted and unfrosted gf cinnamon rolls in stock as well as a few other gf baked goods. Roll was amazing and very sweet.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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No GF cinnamon rolls in stock. GF ice cream cones, but no ice cream. Some GF cookies. Staff confused. Pretty disappointing.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Delicious gluten free cinnamon roll and coffee!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Not open till 9:00 just FYI best cinnamon roll I’ve had since diagnosis! Owner is very nice and aware about contamination. You can also ask for vegan frosting! Good size for gluten free, soft.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I had the gluten free cinnamon roll. Ask them to heat it. It was smaller than the other ones & kept in a separate case, but very tasty! I had no reactions.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Gluten free cinnamon roles are also vegan & they have vegan frosting. It was nice to have a cinnamon roll with my non-GF husband. The rolls were so yummy and being GF & DF it was really nice to have a hot sweet breakfast.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Unfrosted gluten free cinnamon roll was tasty and the gluten free chocolate chip cookies were soft! Yummy!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Gluten free cinnamon roll frosted was good and a nice treat. Lots of frosting. The roll by itself wouldn’t be as good and it definitely needs to be warm. Our son had the regular one which is much bigger. You can also get eggs and gluten free toast there. Close to the aquarium. Almond milk is available for coffee creamer.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Updated 6 years ago read full review

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