November 30, 2023

Tillie’s Tafel’s Cinnamon Rolls

By Anna Faller | Oct. 1, 2022

For Jeff and Patti Dewes’ family, the communal table (“tafel” in German) has always featured cinnamon rolls, thanks to Grandma Tillie Dewes’ famous gourmet recipe. Opened in December 2020, Tillie’s Tafel in Petoskey—named for Grandma Tillie herself—is the ultimate in breakfast indulgence, headlined by its homemade cinnamon rolls. Featuring a raw yeast script (which took Jeff two years to perfect), Grandma Tillie’s titular bake hinges on a three-rise process, which gives each roll its signature softness. To finish, these five-by-five-inch treats are spread with scratch-made cinnamon filling (complete with Indonesian cinnamon and a secret Dewes family ingredient), before the whole shebang is topped with a schmear of tangy cream cheese frosting. Arrive early for a still-warm pastry paired with a mug of Sumatran coffee—you can thank us later. Score a Gourmet Cinnamon Roll for $5 or a four-pack for $20 at Tillie’s Tafel, 437 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, (231) 753-2044, or order online at


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