Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar seems like a small diner from the outside, but once you walk through the doors you will quickly realize that this restaurant is so much more. Extending back is a full bar, outside there is a small patio, and of course there are classic booths available in the refurbished diner cart that can be seen from the street.
I am a sucker for a good corner booth, and when I was seated in one I was instantly in a good mood. While looking over the menu our upbeat waitress, Grace, came over and took our drink orders. I needed a coffee and while scanning the drink items, I came across the Kentucky iced coffee. I am not a bourbon drinker, but I figured the coffee would mask most of the alcohol. Richie, my boyfriend, ordered a jumbo blood orange mimosa.
The Kentucky iced coffee came served in a glass mug with the cream on the side (the cream is usually mixed in but you can ask for it on the side). I loved watching the liquids mix when I poured about half of the sweet cream into the glass. The maple syrup gave this drink a smooth, sweet flavor and the Fazenda cold brew made a shot of bourbon taste appropriate as an 11 a.m. refreshment. The mimosa was strong and the blood orange flavor was a simple way to upgrade a classic brunch drink! The jumbo lasted Richie most of his meal.
We started with an order of avocado toast and an apple cider doughnut. I am on a search for the best avocado toast and have an obligation to order it every time it is offered. I have had some fantastic avocado toast in my life and this one is currently tied for first place with my toast from Atlantic Fish Co. The two pieces of Texas toast were topped with avocado, salsa, and sunny side up eggs. When it arrived at the table, the smile on my face was probably as wide as the day I realized I was going to join the Bitches Who Brunch team. The savory corn salsa brought this dish to life. The flavor and crunch factor that it added will be the reason I revisit Rosebud.
I could keep talking about how amazing the avocado toast was but I need to keep this moving, there is more to dive into. This next dish was a bit of a bonus but I am about to start a petition for Rosebud to add it to the menu. Maybe if enough people ask for the “chefs matcha pancakes,” they will make them a permanent item. I don’t think I have mentioned how picky of an eater Richie can be. I think there are three great food items that he will actually eat, and I was shocked that he even tried green pancakes.
The matcha pancakes were sent to the table by the chef and I am not sure if he is trying to perfect a recipe, but if he is – I would like to let him know that no changes need to be made. His recipe is perfect. On top of the matcha pancakes were some slices of fresh strawberries and lots of strawberry cream crumble. Strawberry and matcha is basically a match made in heaven. The burst of flavor that these crumbles gave the pancakes was a dream. I have never seen Richie eat more green food in his entire life, and although he still can’t pronounce matcha, his approval of the pancakes means that even the pickiest of eaters will conquer a fear of green food to enjoy this dish.
An order of brisket Benedict and chicken and waffles arrived at the table while we were attempting not to fill up on the pancakes and avocado toast. Richie cleaned the plate of pancakes while I dug into the eggs Benedict. The meat is house-smoked brisket and was smothered with a sweet heat sauce.
The sauce had more of a sweet flavor than a heat flavor, but that did not take away from the meal. The hollandaise sauce was spread on the brisket and not over the eggs. I don’t even think the sauce was needed because the brisket was so flavorful. The greens brightened the dish up a bit, and the home fries were crispy on the outside.
The chicken and waffles had various touches that packed a punch. The cheddar, bacon, and scallion waffle was served with creamy pepper gravy and garnished with green onion. The waffle held a lightly breaded piece of fried chicken and it was topped with bits of bacon. I had to take a couple of bites and was not surprised that this meal was excellent. The savory aspects of the waffle pulled everything together, and the piece of chicken was satisfying without a heavy layer of breading.
I almost forgot I had ordered an apple cider doughnut, but since this was my first one of the year, I had to at least have a bite (and then saved the rest for later). The doughnut was thick, cakey and covered with cinnamon sugar and a light glaze. This would have been great with a cup of hot coffee, but instead, I opted for a cocktail.
We had ordered two more drinks, and Grace came in with another suggestion of their specialty tiki options! I love an Instagramable drink, and these tiki drinks were served in amazing figurines. Rosebud brings the luau to Somerville with these fruity concoctions. I sipped on the kontiki and Richie had the cocoon. The kontiki was a mixture of rum, pineapple, and coconut and the cocoon was bourbon based with lime and passionfruit. I loved the coconut flavor in my kontiki and hte rum and pineapple made me feel like I was on a beach far away. Richie is not a pineapple lover so that passionfruit and lime flavors in the cocoon were a great alternitive. Both drinks were sweet but distinct in their own way. Rosebud also offers a scorpion bowl, it would be a great option if you are having a boozy meal with friends!
I thought we were finished, but Grace insisted on bringing over a couple of pie options. I need to take a second to say how impressed I was with the service Grace provided. I was invited into Rosebud for this review, but I watched as she made suggestions to all of her other tables, and her knowledge of the menu was on point. All of a sudden Grace returned to the table with cookie dough brownie pie, Boston cream pie, and a piece of banana bourbon cream pie. I took one bite and decided that I would enjoy these more on an empty stomach. They were all amazing, so if you are in need of a pie for Thanksgiving dinner, a birthday, a baby shower, or to enjoy at home alone… trust me when I say that Rosebud will most likely have a pie for your needs.
The Bitches say: five Champagne flutes!
Rosebud Kitchen deserves five flutes for bringing Davis Square a comfort food-filled brunch, served by attentive and knowledgeable staff.
Rosebud Kitchen serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.