One of a slew of Boston-area restaurants redefining “American cuisine,” Rosebud has all the charm of an old school diner, a modern menu, and a Zagat rating.
Somerville is more than spoiled for choice when it comes to eating options, so a diner right in buzzy Davis Square has to bring more than just a sad stack of pancakes and a milkshake to the table to compete. Rosebud may look a little outdated from the outside, a converted Airstream dining room is all that’s visible, but the interior stretches back further than imaginable, and suits the brilliant food being dished up: classic, American, and modern without being flashy.
Rosebud’s menu strikes the perfect balance between plentiful and curated, with items that are at once exciting and comforting. Baconator meatloaf. Loaded mac ‘n cheese. Chicken and mashed potato. Fresh twists on classics; it’s everything New American cuisine should be. A touch expensive for what it is, perhaps, but worth the visit nonetheless.
And then there are the pies. Gleaming at you from their case at the host’s stand as you enter, like waxed sports cars in a showroom, but instead of making you go faster, they’ll encourage you to slow down – and let out your belt a little. Despite being stuffed full of biscuits, sausage gravy, and poached eggs after a delicious brunch time, I couldn’t help but order a slice of apple pie to truly jump into the approaching food coma with both feet.