Farmer's market season is in full swing in Hamilton County, and there's no shortage of seasonal bounty to choose from these days! Plenty of local restaurants are taking cues from the market and stocking their menus with homegrown dishes. Case in point: Rosie's Place, perfectly tucked into Noblesville's town square.
This adorable café keeps bellies happy with healthy, divine breakfast and lunch offerings-many built around local ingredients. Local tomatoes become rich roasted tomato soup, green tomatoes are fried and layered inside BLT's, tender asparagus is mixed into quiche, and Indiana corn transforms into tangy relish. "Being involved with the Noblesville Farmer's Market gives us access to the Amish farmers just north of us," says owner Debbi Bourgerie. "We even have a small farm right in the middle of Noblesville that one of our employees and her husband just planted to supply us with fresh greens and herbs this summer!"
The sunny café interior and patio seating make the perfect spot to usher in a morning of fun and exploring in Noblesville. Named after owner Bourgerie's grandmother, Rosie's Place strikes the ideal balance of friendly hospitality and irresistibly spot-on cuisine. (And bring the little ones along-there's a terrific kids' menu and the staff was more than happy to pass out crayons and paper during our family's visit!)
Guests crowd the café each morning, many with one thing on their minds: the gooey butter cake. "It's our signature bakery item here at Rosie's," shares Bourgerie. "It's a St. Louis coffee cake. Every bakery in St. Louis has their own version of this heavenly treat," she says. "The legend of the cake's origin began when a baker used the wrong batter for a cake recipe and the cakes came out ‘gooey.' The owner tasted one and decided to sell them. They were a hit!"
If you've never tried this St. Louis secret hidden away in Noblesville, you're in for a gooey treat. The best way to describe it? "Think cream cheese, vanilla, and buttery gooeyness!" says Bourgerie. "But hurry, because we run out every day."