Bear Buns. How cute is the name of this bakery? At work we have something called "Got Brunch?" -- where every Friday one of our office mates will bring breakfast or lunch for our office. One morning, C brought in fresh cinnamon rolls from Bear Buns Bakery in Serra Mesa. I was hooked since then and I finally introduced my family to it.
Bear Buns Bakery is located between a post office and a laundromat in Serra Mesa. I lived in Serra Mesa for a while after college, but I did not know that the community in this area existed. It is a quaint little spot that kind of looked like a fast food joint back in the day. There is street parking and a few spots behind the restaurant.
The bakery opens at 6:00am on Mondays through Fridays and on the weekends it opens at 7:00am. For our first trip, we arrived on a Sunday afternoon around 2:00pm for some cinnamon rolls. Guess what.... they were all out. *sad face* SIGH. One of the co-owners told us that on the weekends, they are usually out by 11:00am or noon. It's understandable! He even told us that we can call ahead and they can hold us some if we are on our way. This was a great tip!
We did not let our trip to Bear Buns go to waste. M ordered a blueberry muffin ($2.65). They warmed it up for us and it was buttery and delicious. Every item is baked in-house in their kitchen!
I ordered a red velvet cookie ($1.65) to share with my son. I love white chocolate chips on anything, so this was a plus for me. It was really sweet, but still enjoyable since I shared it.
M and I ordered iced coffees. They use local Cafe Virtuoso coffee beans, which is certified organic and fair trade. I ordered my favorite "go-to" iced coffee, Iced White Mocha ($4.25) and M ordered their special Iced Raspberry White Mocha ($4.75).
We chatted with the co-owner for a little bit as our little boy explored the bakery. They were nearing closing time so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We told them that we would be back for the cinnamon rolls.
For the second trip, we arrived on a late, rainy Sunday morning (11:00am). J fell asleep during the car ride over so I went in and ordered items to-go. These pictures do not do justice on how they tasted. Every freshly baked item was amazing! I ordered, brought the food to the car just when J woke up so we ended up taking everything back into the bakery to eat it. The only thing is that we didn't ask them to heat everything up. Seemed a little weird that I left and we came back as a family, haha.
I ordered the croissant with ham and cheese for breakfast ($2.85). I opted for Swiss cheese. I am unsure what the other option was; could have been cheddar. The croissant was flaky and yummy.
This was a menu special on the chalkboard that M noticed the first time we were there. It is the Benedict Sandwich ($4.75, I think). It is a fresh baked roll (in-house), egg, cheddar cheese, ham with hollandaise sauce. Oh yum! He loved it. M mentioned to me last week that he wanted to go back just for his sandwich.
They have sticky buns here too!!! I just had to get one to try it. Each one is $3.10. I worked at Cinnabon as a freshman in college and it takes me back to the day of "Caramel Pecanbons". The outside of the bun was crispy and the inside was gooey. J liked this one the best, better than the cinnamon roll.
Ta-da! When C brought these into work, they were four, fresh hot cinnamon rolls in a parchment paper lined cardboard box. I ordered one cinnamon roll ($2.95) for us to share. By the time we got to opening this cinnamon roll, it was not warm anymore, but we ate it anyway (I was still chicken to ask them to warm it up). It still was really yummy despite the fact that these are sooo good when it's hot out of the oven.
Bear Buns Bakery is certainly a great find and we will definitely visit again, mostly for their cinnamon rolls. Like I mentioned, arrive early and call ahead to have them save you a roll or two. They encourage it! Enjoy!
3251 Greyling Drive
San Diego, CA 92123