World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls

The Best Cinnamon Roll in Grand Island, Nebraska

The best cinnamon roll in Grand Island, Nebraska is a Big Texas Cinnamon Roll.

Tommy’s Family Restaurant in Grand Island, Nebraska has been serving up Texas-sized cinnamon rolls for the past 36 years.  The secret to their success? A heaping portion of rich, creamy frosting atop a dense 2.5 lb cinnamon roll that’s so large it takes over the plate it’s served on.

Not only are these rolls big enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, but they’re also baked fresh daily – ensuring that each and every bite is as delicious as the last.

How did Tommy’s Family restaurant earn the distinction of having the best cinnamon roll in Grand Island?

“I don’t even know why my parents started making these huge Cinnamon Rolls 35 years ago,” says Eric Edwards, restaurant manager. “It’s just always been this way.”

Edwards teased us that we got one of the smaller cinnamon rolls when we recently visited his restaurant in pursuit of the best cinnamon roll in Grand Island, Nebraska.

cinnamon roll on a plate in a diner in grand island nebraska

The Texas-sized cinnamon roll we ordered was 8×6 inches and weighed over 2 pounds with the frosting. The dough is made in-house and then proofed, baked, and frosted in their diner-style family restaurant reminiscent of a different era.

Other customers took note of the giant cinnamon roll and asked if we were going to eat the whole cinnamon roll.

It’s slathered in a heaping helping of icing and served on an oversized platter, a knife’s handle jutting out from the bottom of the cinnamon roll. This Texas-sized cinnamon roll is easy enough to feed the whole family and will satisfy your sweet tooth.

tommy's family restaurant in grand island nebraska

Tommy’s Family restaurant is a delightful restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner specialties; in true diner fashion, its extensive menu offers something for every whim or taste, from flap jacks to fried chicken and steak to burgers and homemade pies.

But the real show-stopper is the 2.5-pound cinnamon roll, which fills every inch of the 9” dinner plate it’s served on.

But does the cinnamon roll taste as good as it looks? Its promising online reviews suggest so. “Amazing 2-pound cinnamon roll, not just huge but also really delicious!” “One of the greatest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had,” according to one Trip Advisor reviewer. Another online reviewer raves, “It’s amazing.”

Tommy’s also makes an incredible homemade chili, too. Customers often order chili and cinnamon rolls together!

soup at tommy's family restaurant

It turns out that the pairing of chili and cinnamon rolls is popular in Nebraska and throughout parts of the Midwest. But for those who’ve never heard of or tasted this unusual food combo, just a mention of serving these two items together can be polarizing. Take our word for it, they are a perfect food pairing.

Can’t make it to Grand Island, Nebraska? Don’t worry—Tommy’s has been known to ship its famous cinnamon rolls across the country if you ask nicely.

So next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, be sure to stop by Tommy’s Family Restaurant for the best cinnamon roll in Grand Island, Nebraska.

And if you’re wondering, it’s one of the best cinnamon rolls in Nebraska.

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