Grandma Ruth’s

Worth a detour

Yes, there really is a Grandma Ruth. And yes, her claim to make “old-fashioned cinnamon rolls” is valid. She wasn’t in the kitchen the day I stopped by, but her son was; and he was happy to discuss family history, baking, and the state of things in Branson, Missouri.

About the rolls, which are impeccably fresh: they’re fairly big, but not humongous like so many other big buns in this region. But if they aren’t the biggest, they are the best. Their tender dough is fleecy, and although substantial, they are not heavy. In other words, they are very easy to eat.

Cinnamon rolls are the full extent of the menu, a few different varieties available each day. I am especially fond of the caramel roll, which is extra buttery. A raspberry cheesecake roll looks normal, with just a hint of red fruit peeking out the top, but once you fork into it, you find strata of fruit and creaminess that make it over-the-top luxurious.

Big cinnamon rolls are popular wherever tourists go — there might be a half-dozen places in Branson that make a big deal of them — but I got a clue as to why Grandma Ruth’s are the best. Her son revealed that the family is not originally from around here, but hail from Iowa. Iowa, of course, is the cinnamon roll capital of the known world.

What to Eat
Grandma Ruth’s, Caramel Roll
Caramel Roll
Caramel roll is extra buttery.
Grandma Ruth’s, Strawberry Cheesecake Roll
Strawberry Cheesecake Roll
Inside the soft dough is a sweet vein of raspberry cheesecake.
Grandma Ruth’s, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Tender, oven-warm cinnamon roll
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday8am - 12pm
Tuesday8am - 12pm
Wednesday8am - 12pm
Thursday8am - 12pm
Friday8am - 12pm
Saturday8am - 12pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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