Rose & Sons only just took over the old People's Diner space in the Annex, but I've already grown to love them and their delicious comfort food. Of course, no one was expecting any less from the head chef of the Drake, Anthony Rose, who crafted Rose & Sons' breakfast menu. If the breakfast fare is anything to go by, the forthcoming dinner menu is going to be amazing.
When you walk into Rose & Sons, you immediately feel cozy and comfortable. Large windows provide ample sunlight, while about a dozen tightly packed wooden booths create a warm, friendly vibe. In short, Rose fits right in with its relaxing, intimate, Annex neighbourhood. When I went the past few times, the restaurant had only just opened up, so there was a constant line-up outside, but of course it's never easy to predict if this kind of thing will continue.
As friendly as the atmosphere is, though, the food is the real reason to come into Rose & Sons. Their bacon is unbelievable, while their bagel with cream cheese and lox reminded me of my favourite Montreal eatery. I also tried their shmaltz potatoes, eggs, and bread pudding with wild blueberries. All of the dishes I've tried have been insanely good, and everyone I went with agreed.
The service was also very friendly, the wait wasn't long, and considering the quality, the price was quite reasonable. There's also a rumour that the restaurant will have a big patio at the back for the summer season, so even if you don't have time to get down to Rose in the winter, check back in the summer.