Rosebud's used to be a regular lunch stop for us when returning from the mountains. We haven't been in a few years but stopped on this trip excited to see that it has morphed into a restaurant that emphasizes locally-grown, farm-to-fork dining.
One of the downsides to such a menu is the price and Rosebud's prices are high. Even though the reason is the higher quality food source, you still have to be sure that it is prepared well and that it tastes great. This is where Rosebud's falls short.
The homemade potato chips (which I believed were called "farm chips" or some such) were made from a mixture of blue potatoes and I think Yukon Gold. They were quite good overall, but the chopped parsley and shredded swiss cheese that topped them added absolutely no additional flavor and served no purpose whatsoever. Since that was the only discernible seasoning, they were a bit on the bland side. Our server explained that since the potatoes were various thicknesses, some may be crispy like a potato chip and some might be softer and this was the case. Either way, they were good except for the couple of chips that were actually raw. Cooked potatoes good, raw potatoes... not so much.
The hormone-free, etc. burger was dry and overcooked. It wasn't bad from a flavor standpoint, but nothing spectacular. Given that, a burger (that doesn't include cheese) that is approaching $11.00 should be much better and also bigger. This 1/3 pound burger wasn't all that filling and I am not a huge eater. The bun was pretty good, but again nothing exceptional.
We passed on dessert (a variety of pies) but noticed some freshly-baked cookies by the cash register but passed on those as well. The peanut butter ones looked pretty good but the chocolate chip cookies looked like they should have been taken out of the oven a bit sooner. We didn't ask the price, but guessed the price was higher than they were good.
The service is certainly friendly enough, but we had a much too long wait to order. But the food did come out pretty quickly. The atmosphere is nice, a quaint little cafe, however the New Age music absolutely must go!
Farm-to-fork is a great concept, but when you're prices are high the food has to taste like it's worth it and Rosebud's simply does not.