Swede Hollow Cafe's caramel roll: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 50

Michelle Leon
The Swede Hollow area of the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood in St. Paul is rich in history. Sitting inside this cafe, in a lovely old building recently painted a bright butternut hue, brings a homey feeling--a perfect destination to indulge in a bit of sugar-drenched decadence in the form of one amazing caramel roll.


Michelle Leon
Soon, you will be able to eat your caramel roll out here!
The community vibe inside the Swede Hollow Cafe comes on strong, with the brick walls, warm colors, flyers for yoga classes, lattes that come with little sticks of dark chocolate. But since the cafe opened in 1997, the caramel rolls have been all the rage. And for good reason. First, there is the visual: the lovely maple color, the perfectly shaped roll dripping with caramel, the meaty pecans on top. There's the rich, sugared scent of brown sugar and vanilla. There's the tactile perfection of peeling the roll apart, the swirling layers delicate, the texture both dense and light. Finally, the taste--buttery, candied, rich and divine, the pecans adding a great crunch to the velvet of the roll.

While Swedes may be known for their reserve and self-denial, this roll is anything but: It's the dish to order when you need some self-love and indulgence.

Swede Hollow Cafe

725 Seventh Street East, St. Paul

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 51: Thomasina's cashew brittle No. 52: Patisserie 46's Rory Cake

No. 53: Il Gatto's Ravanelli 
No. 54: Mandarin Kitchen's Seafood and Tofu Hot Pot
No. 55: Polish Delight Cocktail at the Inn
No. 56: Gopher Bar's Coney Island Dog
No. 57: Holy Land's hummus tahini
No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta
No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok
No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo
No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu
No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs"
No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy
No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar
No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza
No. 66: In Season's fried oysters
No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender
No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes
No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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