Ocean Roll – Sparrow Bakery


Ocean Roll

The last post I wrote was about a tasty sandwich from the Sparrow Bakery. My Facebook friends were commenting away as were my Tweeps (shutter) like @MelindaCampbell who kept telling me that I have to try the Ocean Roll.

I’m not a huge fan of sweets but that damn! This thing is crazy good. Its like a cinnamon roll on steroids. I’ll call it the Manny Ramirez of Cinnamon Rolls. @thewritegal on twitter tells me that the Ocean Roll doesn’t actually contain cinnamon but what I’m tasting is actually Cardamom.

Man, I don’t even know how to describe it. There is a lot going on in the glaze and the pastry itself was flaky and soft. Mmmmm I’m in love! For $3.25 it is worth it. Ladies, this is one of those treats that you can celebrate with after a day of hiking, biking, or training for the “Couch to 5K.” You deserve it.

Sparrow Bakery
50 SE Scott St
Bend, Oregon 97702
United States

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Laura May 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Yup! Croissant dough and cardamom. Love that thing.

If you have a mocha at the Sparrow, you’ll get melted Valrhona chocolate – NOT syrup or powder! They open up a vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds for your vanilla latte.

You don’t get much more authentic than the Sparrow. They’re such lovely people, too. 🙂


Lisa May 9, 2009 at 4:12 am

Ahhh.. I got your tweets on my phone, and had to go there to try out the Ocean Roll. Tragically, they were already sold out of them for the day. I wonder how many others rushed over to try it today? 🙂


Connie Gabbert May 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Love Ocean rolls! I actually ended up on your blog because I was looking for a delicious recipe for these…looks like they are a well kept secret:)


Sabrina Adam April 13, 2011 at 1:34 am

I am trying to find a way to order Ocean Rolls and have them mailed to Texas. Anyone know of a source?


nanomatrix November 16, 2012 at 6:36 am

In September we decided to drive down to Crater Lake from Portland. I decided to drive across the Cascades to Bend on the way down just to try this delicacy.
It’s hard to explain; the flavors were subtle but very different. It etches a deep memory though. We bought the last 4 they had and it wasn’t enough. It’s like the first time you ever had a real French Madeline with a morning cup of coffee. It’s one of those things you never forget and you always want.

PS. And the Valrhona mochas were gone before we got out of Bend. Sparrow needs to open up a cart in Portland.


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