880 E. 9400 South, Sandy ; 801-571-5203
Quick and easy service. Try a hearty made-to-order sandwich or the daily comfort-food special, then finish it off with dessert.
Hours: M-S, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted/necessary
Recommended Dishes: Sandwiches, Caesar salad, cookies, brownies.
May 28, 2004
By Nancy Hobbs
When Dave and Shelley Mangum were brainstorming a name for their new restaurant last year, they wanted something that evoked homeyness and comfort. Bloomin Roses emerged and stuck, and since last July has been operating out of the Southwood Medical Pavilion on 9400 South. The restaurant's fare is neither extensive nor fancy, but it seems to be filling the goals set by the Mangums, as well as satisfying the appetites of their regular customers, many of whom work within the medical building or in the surrounding business neighborhood.
Though the restaurant is tucked away inside the building, with only a small sign visible from the street, its setting was intentional, explained Shelley. With six young children, the couple wanted time outside of work for family, and also wanted to introduce the older, preteen children to some business basics.
That means they are open weekdays only, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During those hours, they serve a simple breakfast of either pancakes and bacon or sausage; an omelet; or a breakfast sandwich, which is essentially a smaller omelet (2 eggs instead of 3) tucked inside an English muffin.
All choices are under $4, with very generous portions, though the sausage served with my fluffy buttermilk pancakes was overcooked and stiff. And the ham in the breakfast sandwich, ordered by my dining partner, had an unpleasant aftertaste.
My dining guest also was unhappy to find that Bloomin Roses doesn't serve decaffeinated coffee; I was lucky to even get the leaded variety, apparently. Shelley, the establishment's sole server, who is friendly and officious, said they had just recently added regular coffee -- there simply isn't much demand.
Lunch was a more satisfying experience and, from the looks of it, the time when Bloomin Roses really blossoms.
As we sat in a corner booth of the small diner, munching on sandwiches and salads, there was a steady flow of people coming in for take-out orders that were packaged, bagged and ready to go when they arrived. Many customers seemed to be regulars picking up several lunches at a time.
The dine-in tables, with chairs and benches upholstered in a colorful rose fabric, also began to fill up as the lunch hour progressed.
The sandwiches are made-to-order, with the menu doubling as a do-it-yourself order form that can be faxed ahead, if desired. The whole sandwich combo meal, $5.89, includes a fountain drink and a "side dish" that can be chips, a cup of homemade soup or chili, a small salad or bread sticks.
Sandwiches are made on a choice of white, wheat, marble rye or a croissant, the latter baked fresh on the premises. Filling choices include a meaty, well-seasoned chicken salad or turkey, roast beef or ham. Add cheese, condiments and veggies, including avocado, at no extra charge.
A whole sandwich is a meal in itself; Bloomin Roses also offers half sandwiches, but the price difference is less than a dollar. Light eaters might be better off ordering a whole and saving half for another lunch.
Salads also are good, due largely to the dressings that taste homemade -- the Caesar and blue cheese, in particular. The former is flavorful and garlicky, the latter has tangy bits of blue cheese in a creamy base.
Desserts likewise are simple, but most are homemade and all are delicious, including fresh-baked cookies and brownies. Cheesecake, the only bakery item purchased rather than made in-house, is nonetheless indulgent, topped with fruit, chocolate or caramel sauce, if desired.
Bloomin Roses offers daily specials, and for regular customers, the owners print up a monthly calendar with each day's menu item and price (all under $6), from gourmet macaroni and cheese to pot roast and vegetables or chicken quesadillas.
They also pack up box lunches for businesses, and are enlarging an adjacent space at the medical pavilion to serve as a banquet room for catered parties.
Bloomin Roses is quick and easy for lunch or breakfast, especially if you call ahead with your order. Try a hearty made-to-order sandwich or choose the daily comfort-food special, then finish it off with a soft, homemade cookie for dessert.