I’ve been having massive cravings for brunch these past few Sunday mornings and Jimmy has been letting me indulge. A few weeks ago we drove down to the Morningside neighborhood in Midtown to try out Rosebud. The location is gorgeous, but parking is not so great. They don’t really have their own parking so most patrons park street-side, but we found a lot behind the shops which was almost deserted.
First thing you need to know – make a reservation. This place is packed and super busy at all hours. See the pictorial evidence below:
Second, the hostess was not particularly good at her job. It took us approximately 10 minutes just to get our names put on the list because she was being scatterbrained about someone who had made a double reservation. Once our name was down, we waited around 30 minutes to get a seat. Probably should have timed it better than arriving with the post-church crowd.
Like I said, Rosebud is beautifully decorated and has a lovely patio. A full length bar runs the length of the restaurant and looks nicely stocked. Our waiter, once we were finally waited on, provided excellent service throughout the meal. He never let Jimmy run out of water which is AMAZING, trust me.
Now for the food – pretty decent. We were a bit sad that they were out of some popular brunch items by midday, but there were plenty of other yummy sounding dishes to choose from. We started with the sweet corn muffins served with housemade preserves. Normally, I don’t like corn muffins (how can I be Southern, right?), but these babies were phenomenal. And the blueberry, honey, syrupy deliciousness that was served alongside as a dipping sauce was heaven on earth – I kid you not. By far, our favorite thing we tried! I’d go back for this one simple $6 dish.
For our main courses, Jimmy ordered the ultimate pancake which is stuffed with the likes of sausage, bacon, and scrambled egg and I had the breakfast bowl filled with grits, tomatoes, poached egg, bacon, and cheese. Jimmy’s pancake looked like it delivered the goods, but apparently was sort of tasteless. He wished the sausage flavor had been stronger. I liked my breakfast bowl – loved the perfectly seasoned warm grits with the contrasting cold tomatoes. The bacon was thickly chopped with a great smoky flavor, but my poached egg was a disappointment. Pretty sure this was my fault as I asked for a hard poached egg. I know poached eggs should have a gooey yolk, but gooey yolks weird me out. The hard poached egg felt way overcooked – it was almost crunchy. Next time, I’ll keep things simple, get the gooey yolk, and stir it into oblivion!
Overall, a good place to grab brunch, but don’t expect things to be quick! Rosebud is hopping and sometimes the staff can seem a bit overwhelmed. The kitchen might run out of your favorite dishes as well, but with such a large, yummy menu available you’re sure to find something you enjoy. Plenty of cocktail choices and a great dessert selection will please the sweet tooth crowd as well! Price-wise, decently affordable for such a trendy place – our bill came to around $25 for 2 entrees and an appetizer! We left full and I’d definitely go back.