Food

Convivial’s Cinnamon Buns Are Magical

Cinnamon buns at Convivial. Photograph by Scott Suchman

We weren’t expecting cinnamon-bun greatness when we brunched at Convivial (801 O St., NW), better known for its fried chicken and deliciously messy burgers. But pastry chef Eva Kronenberg’s straightforward recipe—the only curve ball is a little dark rum in the cream-cheese icing—succeeds because it’s not afraid of excess. The buns, baked every weekend morning, are big enough for two and coiled with a wonderfully ridiculous amount of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.