Casual family fare at The Rose in Ithaca's Northeast

April 9, 2013

This week, 14850 Dining is at the Triphammer Marketplace in Ithaca's northeast enjoying a casual dinner at The Rose. This family eatery in the Village of Lansing expanded a couple of years ago to offer two dining rooms and a spacious bar area, where they serve tasty American fare and reasonably priced drinks.

The Rose used to be Mexicali Rose, and there are hints of these roots in menu items like the plentiful nachos, the quesadillas, the fajitas, and of course the wings. 

But these days it's the American fare that stands out, like the steak and shrimp combo, a six-ounce sirloin and breaded, fried shrimp... or they'll substitute shrimp scampi if you ask nicely. I wish it weren't so uncommon, but we were impressed that the steak wasn't overcooked -- it was a perfect medium rare, just like I ordered -- and the cook didn't leave the tails on the shrimp, an all-too-common rookie mistake.

Another winner, the bourbon chicken, is marinated in sweet bourbon sauce, grilled, and served over a bed of rice. The homestyle menu includes favorites like pot roast or chicken and biscuits, or you can go for a burger or a pasta dish like chicken parmigiana over spaghetti, shrimp and scallops alfredo, or chicken riggies.

Dinners come with a side dish and a trip to the freshly stocked salad bar, which is also the cornerstone of The Rose's daily lunch buffet. The $7.99 lunch features such daily specials as BBQ pork, fried chicken, jambalaya, meatloaf, or fish-fry Friday, along with pasta and pizza, and plenty of fresh vegetables on the salad bar. Check their Facebook page for today's lunch feature.

Plan on spending $8-20 on your meal at The Rose, and check the $5 kids menu for the under-10 set, complete with fries, applesauce, and a drink. Find The Rose at 2255 North Triphammer Road on the north side of the Triphammer Marketplace just off Route 13, visit theroseithaca.com, or call them at 607-257-5542 and tell them you heard about them here. 

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