Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The Three-Pound Cinnamon Bun of San Antonio, Texas


Yes, I said three-pound cinnamon bun.

I first heard of this behemoth on the TV show Man vs. Food, which if you haven’t seen is probably one of the better examples of Americana in 2011.  Basically, Adam Richman travels around restaurants in the United States, finds ridiculously large portion sizes, and competes in eating competitions.

Now, I wanted there to be an eating competition in the Race to the Alamo!  I feel like Sarah and I would have won that one for sure!  (Or we would have at least beaten our vegan competitor!)

Anyway, on the San Antonio episode of Man vs. Food, Adam travels to a diner called Lulu’s, famous for its chicken-fried steaks, unpretentious atmosphere, and most famously, three-pound cinnamon rolls.

The rolls are made from a piece of dough that is SIX FEET LONG, rolled up like a burrito with cinnamon and sugar, and sliced.

The food at Lulu’s is delicious, as well as one of the best food experiences in San Antonio, as I mentioned earlier.

I thought that between the three of us, we’d be able to polish it off.  Not even close.  After two servings, we had only worked our way through about a third of it.

Check out the video we took:

Maybe one day I’ll face a food challenge bigger than this one.  Maybe it will be during one of my all inclusive holidays to turkey, and I’ll be eating a kebab the size of a kindergartner.

But we didn’t hang our heads in shame — we brought it home to Massachusetts.  And in a fit of insanity, my mom bought a second one.  (At only $8 each, it wasn’t that bad of an investment!)

We froze one giant cinnamon bun and are still currently working on our first.  It did make for some special breakfasts at home.

(That tumor-like mass in the middle is actually a sugar-butter-cinnamon nugget.)

Want one of your own?  They ship!

To order a three-pound cinnamon bun of your own (and I imagine they make GREAT birthday cakes!), visit Lulu’s web site.

Was it everything I imagined it would be?  Absolutely.

Don’t forget to vote for Team Adventurous Kate to win the Race to the Alamo!  Remember, you can vote once per day through August 31, and each vote gets you closer to winning a dream trip to San Antonio!

My trip to San Antonio was sponsored by the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

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15 Responses to “The Three-Pound Cinnamon Bun of San Antonio, Texas”
  1. Betti says:

    nice one, that would last me a week 🙂
    I can sooooo see Amazing Race competitors burfing it all up on Phil’s shoes.

  2. Amanda says:

    Holy crap, that is one massive pastry! It looks delicious, though!! But probably far too much sugar for just one sitting…

    Texas must have a thing for massive food challenges. At the Big Texan in Amarillo, they have the 72-ounce steak challenge. … Have you ever SEEN the size of a 72-ounce steak? It’s like a small baby! Ridiculous.

  3. Holy sh*t that’s so big, but so amazing at the same time!

  4. Kirk says:

    Just call me greedy but I know my little brother and I would have finished off that monster of a cinna bun! It looks great and for $8 it was really a great investment!.

  5. I love cinnamon buns and would love to dig into one of those some day! I think you made a wise choice in taking what you couldn’t finish home with you instead of making yourself sick =).

  6. A humongous bun, for sure. I avoid that place like the plague, to many calories for me. Doesn’t look like you need to worry about that.

  7. Mack Reynolds says:

    My favorite part of this post: “sugar butter cinnamon nugget!” hahahahaha! That thing looks so good. Nice video too. And I love/hate Adam Richman, on the count of I wanna be him, except not.

  8. I can’t believe they ship! That’s hilarious!

    I actually want a cinnamon bun now. Maybe not a three pound one but still. It’s making the ones we do at the cafe I work at look tiny!

  9. Teri B says:

    A wickedly delicious and insanely sweet treat. Let me know if you want me to mail you one.

  10. Joe Foley says:

    3 pound bun sounds like a quick way to a 300 pound bum

  11. bobby says:

    Dear Kate,

    if you say “no to convention” why do you seem to go on package tours like busabout and haggis tours. not particularly adventuresome when the majority of backpackers take local transport and aren’t on a tour. especially for western europe. just a thought.

    • Bobby, you do know that you’re contradicting yourself in your statement, don’t you?

      Additionally, I’ve long known that the “You’re not _____ enough” competitions aren’t winnable — everyone has a definition of what “unconventional” means. I spend my life traveling the world, mostly on my own, making a living as a professional travel blogger. And I love it. That’s pretty damn unconventional!

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