The sweet side of Pittsburgh: Kelly O’s Grilled Cinnamon Roll


Recently my husband decided to take me on a trip to cross something off my bucket list. He took me to Pittsburgh to the Andy Warhol Museum.

Our trip was amazing—Pittsburgh is such a happening, cool place. We had a great time together experiencing the city, the museum, the culture and the people.

The best thing about our little getaway, though, was the food.

Let’s put it this way—people in Pittsburgh know how to eat.

We experienced some amazing cuisine while in the city. From bone marrow served with toast and apple butter to foie gras, we tried it all, but since my blog is about the sweeter things in life, I thought I’d stick to that.

As many of you know, my favorite food is the cinnamon roll. I will eat one anytime, any day or any place. I can’t help it. They are my biggest weakness.

20150719_165351220_iOSOur last stop during our trip to Pittsburgh was for breakfast at Kelly O’s.

A well-known spot in town, Kelly O’s has been featured in many magazines and food blogs, as well as television shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.

When we sat down, the first thing I scoured the menu for was, of course, anything in the cinnamon roll family.

And there, on the menu, in the side dishes section like it wasn’t a big deal at all was something called the grilled cinnamon roll.

Obviously, I ordered it. 20150719_162222414_iOS

This wasn’t your average, everyday cinnamon roll. This was something entirely different.

While it wasn’t what I expected at all, it didn’t disappoint. It was two huge pieces of grilled to perfection goodness.

After doing some research I found out that the cinnamon rolls originally come from Oram’s, a bakery in the nearby city of Beaver Falls.

Apparently the genius people at Kelly O’s slice the gigantic cinnamon rolls in half, dip them in loads of butter and grill them until they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Then they cover them with powder sugar galore.


So what did it taste like? While it didn’t exactly taste like a cinnamon roll, it did taste like the freshest, most delicious donut of all time.

I loved the warm, gooey middle section filled with cinnamon, but the crispy edges were the shining star of this dish. This dish melts in your mouth and exhilarates your sweet tooth all at the same time.

If you’re heading to Pittsburgh anytime soon, do yourself a favor and stop in at famous Kelly O’s. If you’re not heading there, find an excuse to go—believe me, this cinnamon roll is worth it.

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