Review by: Michael Stern

If you like cinnamon rolls, you need to know about Stella’s, where one roll pretty much fills a normal-size plate and could be breakfast for two or more hungry people. The rolls are made fresh each day, but when you order one, it is warmed in the microwave so a big glob of butter set atop it is melting when the roll arrives at the table. Heating also tends to give the caramel glaze on top a chewy texture that makes it a fork-and-knife pastry. Even bigger than the cinnamon roll is Stella’s giant white caramel roll – 14 ounces of sweet dough served with a small tub of whipped butter.

Everything is large at Stella’s, especially pancakes. “You’ve got to see ‘em to believe ‘em” the menu boasts of the “monster cakes,” created many years ago when Stella had a cook who simply could not pour a normal-size pancake. So rather than change cooks, she changed pancake descriptions and monster pancakes were born. You have your choice of buttermilk or wheat batter; and if you can polish off four of these cakes in a single sitting, you get just what you need after a five thousand calorie breakfast … a free cinnamon roll! We are especially fond of the very small print underneath the pancake listing on the menu: “Diet Smuckers jelly & syrups available upon request.” So these would qualify as diet food??

There are normal-size breakfasts at Stella’s: omelets, hot cereals (oatmeal, 7-grain, and Stella’s homemade grits), and egg sandwiches; and the lunch menu includes such regular-size items as club and sub sandwiches, chili by the bowl, and a French dip as well as hamburgers that range up to the half-pound Ziggyburger, served on an outsized bun to match.

For dessert? Bread pudding made with Stella’s homemade breads, please.

What To Eat

Cinnamon Roll

Giant White Cinnamon Roll


Stella’s Recipes


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