Saturday I wandered by Cloverdales plaza to check out the exhibition of scarecrows. Then I had lunch at Sweet Rosebuds Coffee House, located on the plaza and across the street from the fire house.
The days special was butternut squash soup. I ordered the soup with a half panini for $7. The large size of the serving was a surprise at that price. Savory from chicken stock and seasoned with baking spices, the soup was not strained and had occasional bits of squash and onion that gave it a cozy homemade feel.
This time the panini was much better. A sign advises a 10-minute wait (vs. 5 minutes previously) for grilling, enough time to melt the cheese, toast the outside and heat it through. The California panini was layered with turkey, brie, raw baby spinach, slivers of red onion, bacon, slices of Roma tomato, avocado, and pesto. Sounds chaotic, but it worked and was delicious.
Pastries are made in house. I tried something theyd made for the first time, a pumpkin and pecan bar. A layer of pumpkin pie filling (didnt taste or look like canned) on a buttery cookie crumb base was topped with brown sugar and pecan streusel. It looked like it would be deadly sweet, but it was much more restrained with the sugar. The toasted pecans were plentiful and crunchy too.
My lunch tab was $9.28, plus the change from 10 bucks went into the tip jar. New winter hours are Monday to Saturday, 6:30am to 5pm. Closed Sundays.
Elizabeth Baker, owner
Sweet Rosebuds Coffee House
113 Broad St.