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“Good but not good enough”
Review of Rosebud's Cafe

Rosebud's Cafe
Ranked #1 of 58 Restaurants in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed July 27, 2013

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.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Best food we have found in Jackson so far. Love the fresh ingredients. Great tomatoes. kids menu. hard to choose which item to try. Spouse and I shared a gardeners salad, and a sand which with meat, melted cheese, roasted spicy peppers, on a home made role, Yukon gold potatoes Mae into potato chips. Salad came with Irish soda bread with fresh cream butter. Home made dressings. Strawberry infussed water. Kids lived their sliders. Cool yoga music. Do not confuse this place with a health food vibe that serves sprouty sandwiches, meaning it is healthy and good. Sprouts are a bit chewy for me. Prices all over are rising. We can not find many good burgers anymore for under $9

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Thank roadwork
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

While visiting Jackson, four of us stopped in at Rosebud's Cafe due to it being the only restaurant on Main Street that looked decent, and more importantly open. Once seated and handed menus, we were told that they were out of the eggs benedict, the chicken, the french fries, and something else. However, "We will substitute turkey for the chicken if you wish and while looking at the menu, please enjoy our mint infused water". The group I was with could care less about infused water....what we really wanted was to enjoy a nice lunch. Most of the our selections, however, would have been created with chicken (now turkey)! Hungry...we still tried to figure out something that everyone would enjoy. However, the waitress never came back! The restaurant only had four others in it, so it wasn't as if they were overwhelmed with orders. We finally stood up after about 10-12 minutes and walked to the door. The waitress was sweeping the floor in another part of the restaurant and seemd surprised to even see us still there. We told her "Thanks, but no thanks" and left. We never could figure out why someone from the cafe hadn't run down to a store and bought fries and chicken. I'm sure one of the local stores must have had 'organic chicken' if that's all the restaurant will serve. As for us....sorry, we won't bother going back!

Thank TrapperH
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

This place was so good. I loved the farm to table menu. I can't wait to go back again. The wait staff was super sweet but there's always room for improvement. It would have made the perfect place to eat had they anticipated our needs before we asked. The food was presented well and was cooked perfectly. I wanted to try everything!

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Thank daishalynn
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Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

We were driving through Jackson and happened upon this little gem of a cafe. I had a delicious omelet w/super tasty potatoes. My friend had the Philly sandwich. All food is organic and it tastes really good. Portions are large. Atmosphere is very casual. Live piano player added to Friday lunch ambiance. Waitress was slow(ish) but she couldn't have been nicer. (a real sweetie). Several vegetarian and vegan choices on menu. I highly recommend.

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Thank MiepGies
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