Iowa’s Big Buns

5 STOPS | 491 MILES | 7 hr 31 min

Cinnamon rolls can be found almost everywhere, but no state has better (and bigger) ones than Iowa.


Cecil’s Café

Cecil’s is a locally-loved crossroads diner in Marshalltown, Iowa, serving good breakfasts and a very nice Midwestern tenderloin.

Must Eats
omelet , tenderloin sandwich, Cinnamon Roll

Coffee Cup Café

Cinnamon buns for breakfast, tenderloins & Dutch salad for lunch and always cream pie for dessert: the Coffee Cup Cafe of Sully, Iowa, is a Midwest dream.


Daily Grind

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** To eat with excellent morning coffee, the Daily Grind of Sioux City offers all kinds of pastries. The best is that Iowa favorite, a cinnamon bun.

Must Eats

Java Joe’s Coffeehouse

Java Joe's roasts beans and offers French plunge pot coffee. It's also a nice place to eat and one of Des Moines’ hot spots for live music.


Machine Shed

The theme of the Machine Shed restaurant is Iowa Farm Meals: local specialties from huge cinnamon rolls at breakfast to genuine Iowa pork chops and cream pies.