"Yes. It's homemade." Those are the words that are printed on the backs of the some of the shirts that the waitstaff at Rosie's Place in Noblesville. In today's world that is undoubtedly a bold statement. Far too many restaurants, chain and local, use frozen, pre-made, and pre-packaged ingredients. Though we lament this fact it does leave an opening for restaurants like Rosie's Place to use their homemade items as a selling point. The question is do they live up to their own words? After my breakfast today I believe that answer is yes.
Rosie's Place is a breakfast, lunch, and bakery spot located right on the town square area of downtown Noblesville. Before we even set foot inside the restaurant The Girlfriend and I both commented on how nice the downtown area of Noblesville is and lamented the fact that we don't venture there for lunch/dinner as much as we should. When we finally stepped inside of Rosie's we noticed immediately what a warm and inviting feel the restaurant has. It's small enough to feel cozy, but not so small it's hard to get a table or move around. Also, I don't know much about interior design, but I think most people would agree that the hardwood floors and semi-distressed looking brick walls were a nice touch. Additionally, before you're seated at Rosie's you get to check out all of their delightful homemade baked goods near the cash register which always gets my mouth watering. We were greeted warmly by the staff, and seated promptly. This is a big plus in my book considering how crazy places like this can get on Sunday for breakfast.
After we were seated the first thing I noticed was that the menu we were given was imprinted with Fall 2011. It was a nice touch to know that even a small cafe like this cares about being seasonal. After looking over my options I decided I was in a "savory breakfast" mood and decided to go with a bacon, mushroom, and cheddar omelet with a biscuit and their country potatoes on the side. The Girlfriend went with the biscuits and gravy. When out food arrived I noticed quite a few pleasant surprises. First of all I have said before how biscuits can make or break a breakfast place for me, and seeing as how Rosie's is also a bakery they had more at stake here than most. Rosie's won the day though because the biscuit was just great. It was light and fluffy yet substantial enough not to crumble. If I had any slight criticism it might be that my biscuit may have been sitting around for a bit before it was served, but the taste was not affect by this since I found it to be delicious. Rosie's even went the extra mile here of bringing me homemade strawberry preserves when I asked for jelly instead of just bringing me crappy Smucker's packets. Major cool points. ::makes salute motion:: The omelet was equally delicious and I could tell that I was getting fresh mushrooms and fresh real cheddar cheese. One forgets how much this adds to a dish after having subpar canned mushrooms and pre-packaged shredded cheese on so many occasions. The bacon was perfectly cooked and plentiful. Also, I want to give big props to Rosie's for actually using fresh diced red potatoes as their country potatoes instead of the same old boring frozen homefries. One note though is that my potatoes were slightly under-seasoned. They were begging for some more salt and pepper and perhaps they could have been just slightly crispier. The Girlfriend was equally pleased with her B&G. I gave it a little taste and I have to agree. The sausage gravy was the perfect consistency and the flavor was spot on. We both left the table satisfied as well as full.
Taste 9.5/10 Just a fantastic restaurant experience overall. I love finding places like this. I'm excited to go back and give their pancakes, baked goods, and eggs benedict a shot. This is a Noblesville gem. Don't sleep on it if you live in the Northern suburbs. Also, how does Rosie's ultimately stand up to their claim of "Yes. It's homemade"? I'm pretty sure the only think not made in-house was the butter for my biscuit. 'Nuff said.
Value 9/10 Without including drinks (coffe and soda) our ticket would have been around 13 or 14 dollars. I know some people may ask how is that a good value since I can make breakfast at home? My answer is that unless you're spending a ton of time and have some great recipe's you aren't doing what Rosie's is doing. You're getting a lot in terms of food and dining experience here for a reasonable price.
P.S. If anyone has been to Rosie's and had the pies or baked goods leave a comment. I'm thinking of getting a pie from a specialty bake shop for Thanksgiving, but I haven't decided where from yet.
Interior pictures courtesy urbanspoon and google.
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