Today my wife suggested that we head out to Jensen’s Cafe for breakfast. Not really wanting to drive that far, I asked if we could check out Suzie’s Kitchen in Rosemount to see if they were open yet. My wife, and later my sister-in-law, agreed and we were off to Rosemount. While slowly creeping by I noticed someone eating in the front window and knew it was open, nice!
We walked in and were immediately impressed with how it looked. While I have no idea how the Dunn Bros. that occupied this space before looked, I have a feeling that the low counter is a new addition. We sat at one of the tables and looked over the table-mat menus before us. A simple breakfast and lunch style menu with reasonable prices, I must admit that I liked what I saw for breakfast but have to say that their “dinner” options are less than I had hoped they would be. There were plenty of servers on hand and the owner came over to take our orders and explain that they weren’t officially open until Monday. Cool.
After much looking we finally decided and placed our orders. I went with “Miguel’s” 3-egg omelette which came with hash-browns and toast (white, pumpernickel, wheat) for $7.99. My wife ordered their French toast with bacon for $6.99. My sister-in-law, not knowing how much she really felt like eating, ordered the Breakfast Burrito for $5.79. We also tried to order the cinnamon roll and tomato juice but neither were in yet. I asked for a side of hot sauce but the only thing available today was Frank’s Buffalo style.
Our orders were up fairly quickly and I took my requisite pictures and we dug in. My omelette was by far the most impressive dish on the table. It is described as including sausage, salsa, onions, green peppers, and sour cream. All were present and the bread and hash browns were there too. The salsa was surprisingly spicy (I’d rate it at store bought “hot” salsa) and both it and the sour cream were served in plastic containers with lids. The bread was nothing special but tasted fine. The omelette itself was tasty but nothing different than I made just two days earlier in my own kitchen. The hash browns were the most disappointing item on the plate. They were presented in a nearly perfect rectangle and were greasy as can be. While they tasted fine, the perfect shape concerned me.
My wife’s French toast was fine. Very typical and again what I would expect from a home kitchen. The bacon was cooked just the way I like it–done but not too crispy. If you like it crispy, I suggest you specify. My wife mentioned that she’d just like to see some powdered sugar in the future.
My sister-in-law’s breakfast burrito was completely unimpressive on the plate. It really looked like it was so very lonely there and definitely needed something else. Soon after it was delivered she decided she was hungrier than she expected and ordered a side of hash browns to go with it. As soon as her hash browns were delivered I knew that they were prepared outside the kitchen as they were exactly the same as what I had–including the perfect rectangle. After adding the sour cream and salsa the burrito looked fine and my sister-in-law ate it all.
After we were finished the owner came over and asked us what we thought and what comments we had to give so that they could improve. My wife offered her powdered sugar suggestion and I gave my hot sauce suggestions (Tabasco). I then used this opportunity to ask about the hash browns and mention that I had read the article about the restaurant in the Rosemount Town Pages. She said that while they’re fresh and not frozen, they aren’t made in-house. That statement is diametrically opposed to her quote in the Town Pages which said, “Everything will be homemade, nothing fake or processed.” I was extremely disappointed with the hash browns debacle. How long does it take to slice up some potatoes and fry them up? Don’t know? Well, it takes about 5 minutes to prep and 15 to 20 to cook. I know because I did it on Saturday morning after visiting the Minneapolis Farmers Market and frying up some hash browns from potatoes grown right here in Minnesota.
As for the rest of the menu you can check it out in PDF here (I scanned a Xeroxed paper copy that was given to me as I was taking closeup shots of it with my camera). I was disappointed to see no open-faced sandwiches but there are plenty of burgers (which we will definitely return to try), hot sandwiches such as Reuben’s and Rachel’s, and deli sandwiches.
Suzie’s Kitchen could definitely carve out a nice niche in Rosemount with their early hours (5:30 AM M-F and 6:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday) and traditional breakfast. I’m definitely interested in seeing what changes come about and if any new menu items show up in the future. While this is nothing fancy and certainly nothing special, it’s decent for the price (three adults ate for $30 after tax) and a great place to belly-up to the counter and enjoy your coffee while reading the Sunday newspaper and eating some eggs and toast.
Have you eaten at Suzie’s Kitchen in Rosemount? If so, what did you think? What did you think of the menu items? Do you think it should be expanded a little bit or is it fine as far as you are concerned? What about the statement that everything is homemade and then the owner’s admission that the hash browns, something which should be easy to do in-house, were brought in? Whatever you think about Suzie’s Kitchen in Rosemount go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say!
15023 Crestone Ave
Rosemount, MN 55068
Monday – Friday: 5:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
See all the pictures from Suzie’s Kitchen on Flickr here.