Cost: A little under $20 per person (we went for lunch, dinner is probably closer to $30). Seasonal (non-summer) $5 hamburger.
People are always looking for good lunch specials around my campus. The truck that sells super greasy pasta for $4.50 gets tired after a while, and Pandini's is pretty expensive for sandwiches, pizza, and salads. Well when we heard that there was a $5 burger special just across Michigan Avenue, we ran over to Rosebud.
After a short while, this quickly became a class favorite. At the start of summer "vacation," Dave, Andrew, and I met up there with our buddy Dr. Keith.
There are a lot of seating options at Rosebud. If it's nice enough out, you can sit in the shaded patio, and if not the dining room has plenty of seating and an elegant appeal. I've only gone for lunch, and I've never had to wait. We're usually in a bit of a hurry to get back to class in an hour, and they've always been able to accommodate.
The deal is straightforward with a half pound burger and fries for $5. I think cheese may cost a little more, but overall this is a ton of food for the money. However, the deal does not continue during the summer which we found out upon our arrival this most recent time. The waiter wasn't all that nice about it either, making some snide suggestions that we should eat Italian food at an Italian restaurant. It was unappreciated to say the least. Still the rest of the menu is full of solid options that run in the mid teens.
I want to take a minute to talk about the burger before getting into this specific meal. It's a fantastic burger. If anything it's too juicy and comes on a pretzel bun. You can pick either regular or sweet potato fries with no up charge. I've gotten it maybe five times in the past year, and it's been consistently delicious.
The Cheeseburger with Mushrooms
This time around Dave and Dr. Keith got the Eggplant Parmesan, Andrew got the Risotto Special, and I got the Grilled Salmon Salad. The first thing Dave and Dr. Keith pointed out was that while the eggplant was well seasoned and dressed with cheese and sauce, it was lacking an essential crispiness. I really liked the Salmon salad. For lunch it was a large portion of salmon. The salad was lightly dressed and pretty simple. The fish was a bit overcooked, but the grilling gave it a nice exterior char.
The Eggplant Parmesan
The Grilled Salmon Salad
The Risotto Special
Well thanks to this burger special going out of season, I now have a reason to look forward to a Chicago winter. Besides the burgers, they've got some tasty, slightly above average Italian food. I've been to a bunch of the Rosebud locations, and I think some of the others have the edge on the Rush spot. I'm giving them 3 out of 5 Pearls.