Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery
In a word: Treats with your bevvies.
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JM ate the biscuits & gravy with a Nantucket Nectars juice.
Nichole ate the veggie panini with greens.
The bill was $25, or $12ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Rosie's Coffe Bar and Bakery an A- (see our grading rubric).
It can be hard for 9-to-5ers to truly appreciate the wonderland of breakfast and lunch places in this town. If we cannot steal away for a quick lunch, we have to get willing to battle the traffic and the crowds on weekends, which is how we sampled the great wares at Rosie's.
Having added a coffee bar to the space that most recently housed a series of Asian restaurants (Lee Asian Bistro being the only one we managed to visit), Rosie's has a little less seating than we remembered. But the space was brighter and more open, with a lovely bakery case. And while we didn't have any of the bakery on this visit, it all looked amazing, and we have it on good authority that the taste matches.
Rosie's menu is small but laser-focused on wonderful breakfast and lunch options. JM opted for the former with his biscuits and gravy, which were filling and tasty. The powdery biscuit could have been too dry, but the ample sausage gravy (with an emphasis on sausage) really balanced it well. The hint of rosemary worked with the meat to add a top to the flavor. Nichole chose lunch and got the vegetarian panini, which was warm with goat cheese, zucchini and red pepper - light and tasty.
Nichole's came with salad that featured a nice dressing, while JM's came with hash brown which was carbs on carbs, but whatever. Everything here was decent to really good and it merits an addition to one's east side breakfast/lunch rota. We'll be going back, even if just to use the Bucky Book coupon we forgot to use (as always).