Pink Rose Pastry Shop

★★★☆☆

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i miss my pink rose where did u go ...i need my banana cream pie..sour cream apple pie..i was heart broken when i got to the corner of 4th street and seen a dry friut and nut store where my pink rose was..

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★★★★★

i miss my pink rose where did u go ...i need my banana cream pie..sour cream apple pie..i was heart broken when i got to the corner of 4th street and seen a dry friut and nut store where my pink rose was..

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AS A CHILD NOTHING BROUGHT YOU MORE JOY THEN REACHING THE CORNER TO THE LOCAL BAKERY, WELL MAYBE ASIDE FROM THE LAUNDRY/DRYER VENTS OUTSIDE OUR HOMES. PINK ROSE PASTRY SHOP HAS THAT EFFECT ON U FROM A BLOCK AWAY,
BUT TO TASTE IS DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

AS A CHILD NOTHING BROUGHT YOU MORE JOY THEN REACHING THE CORNER TO THE LOCAL BAKERY, WELL MAYBE ASIDE FROM THE LAUNDRY/DRYER VENTS OUTSIDE OUR HOMES. PINK ROSE PASTRY SHOP HAS THAT EFFECT ON U FROM A BLOCK AWAY,
BUT TO TASTE IS DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The best (and cheapest) place for honest, weekday breakfast (weekends tend to get too crowded, which slows down service). I love to go in during the week when I get a day off and take part in the simplest, most satisfying breakfast around: 2 fluffy scrambled eggs, roasted then pan fried potatoes and a hearty, homemade biscuit with seeded raspberry jam. Sure, it could use a new coat of paint and maybe a new dessert case, but it's charming and unpretentious and the refills on coffee are free :) I also really recommend the blueberry muffins that never cease to disappoint me (unless they've run out!).
I'm going to guess that the people who left not-so savory reviews had their Pink Rose experiences on a Saturday or Sunday. Go on a weekday!

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★★★★☆

The best (and cheapest) place for honest, weekday breakfast (weekends tend to get too crowded, which slows down service). I love to go in during the week when I get a day off and take part in the simplest, most satisfying breakfast around: 2 fluffy scrambled eggs, roasted then pan fried potatoes and a hearty, homemade biscuit with seeded raspberry jam. Sure, it could use a new coat of paint and maybe a new dessert case, but it's charming and unpretentious and the refills on coffee are free :) I also really recommend the blueberry muffins that never cease to disappoint me (unless they've run out!).
I'm going to guess that the people who left not-so savory reviews had their Pink Rose experiences on a Saturday or Sunday. Go on a weekday!

Pros: food, service, coffee, eclairs

Cons: decor, cupcakes

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These were the worst cupcakes I've ever had. My friend served them at her birthday party as desserts and...God, they were like sandpaper cupcakes. And they had a nice topping of frosting, which was ruined by the overkill of hot pink and purple airbrushed color. I'm not sure what brand of color they use, but, as a pastry professional, I know of relatively inexpensive brands that don't have that bitter food dye taste. Even if not, just spring for the higher price with less dilution so that you don't need to use as much color. Either way, these cupcakes were totally inedible, evidenced by the thirty or so partially-eaten cupcakes left on everyone's dessert plate.

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★☆☆☆☆

These were the worst cupcakes I've ever had. My friend served them at her birthday party as desserts and...God, they were like sandpaper cupcakes. And they had a nice topping of frosting, which was ruined by the overkill of hot pink and purple airbrushed color. I'm not sure what brand of color they use, but, as a pastry professional, I know of relatively inexpensive brands that don't have that bitter food dye taste. Even if not, just spring for the higher price with less dilution so that you don't need to use as much color. Either way, these cupcakes were totally inedible, evidenced by the thirty or so partially-eaten cupcakes left on everyone's dessert plate.

Cons: Awfully dry cupcakes, Bitter supermarket-stlye airbrushed icing

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The dessery here are large enough for more than one person to share. They are adequately priced, especially for being in the middle of the city. Although it is enough to share, we have had some desserts that were a little on the dry side. My favorite is apple pie a la mode, the pie is high and they will serve it warm.

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★★★☆☆

The dessery here are large enough for more than one person to share. They are adequately priced, especially for being in the middle of the city. Although it is enough to share, we have had some desserts that were a little on the dry side. My favorite is apple pie a la mode, the pie is high and they will serve it warm.

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I have been a customer a few times and can handle the issues with lack of cleanliness and the people lying on the booth as though it is a shelter. What I cannot tolerate is just how rude and lazy the people working behind the counter are--to paying customers. Their pastries aren't even fresh.
I will go to any and every other shop in town before I ever return. Famous 4th St. Deli has better cookies anyway.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been a customer a few times and can handle the issues with lack of cleanliness and the people lying on the booth as though it is a shelter. What I cannot tolerate is just how rude and lazy the people working behind the counter are--to paying customers. Their pastries aren't even fresh.
I will go to any and every other shop in town before I ever return. Famous 4th St. Deli has better cookies anyway.

Pros: I used to like their brownies although they tasted a day old last time I had them.

Cons: The cashiers are so very rude, the place is dirty, and there are people just laying on the booths.

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Great service from an attractive waiter!!
Great simple food
The perfect portions
Perfect location

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★★★★★

Great service from an attractive waiter!!
Great simple food
The perfect portions
Perfect location

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This place is overrated, at least it USED to be (judging by these bad reviews), i guess now its rated appropriately. They had a good thing, but they've gone down hill, steeply. Food is dry, unattractive, bland, and overpriced. Service is terrible. Yes, it is a cute shop, but a little cuteness doesn't make up for bad taste, bad attitude, bad prices.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is overrated, at least it USED to be (judging by these bad reviews), i guess now its rated appropriately. They had a good thing, but they've gone down hill, steeply. Food is dry, unattractive, bland, and overpriced. Service is terrible. Yes, it is a cute shop, but a little cuteness doesn't make up for bad taste, bad attitude, bad prices.

Pros: not much

Cons: pretty much everything

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This used to be one of my favorite places for dessert. I used to be crazy about the banana cream pie! Unfortunately, the quality of the food, the quality of the service, and the atmosphere have all gone down hill over the past few years. Now, the banana cream pie looks like it was tossed in a blender prior to being slapped on the plate in a most unflattering manner. It tastes like they ran out of sugar and decided to use salt instead (?What the hell, it?s white and our customers are stupid!?). Actually, if you go there for dessert, you may actually be stupid. Who wants to pay $10 for a piece of pie that tastes nasty, looks nasty, in an atmosphere that is nasty, with staff that are nasty?

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★☆☆☆☆

This used to be one of my favorite places for dessert. I used to be crazy about the banana cream pie! Unfortunately, the quality of the food, the quality of the service, and the atmosphere have all gone down hill over the past few years. Now, the banana cream pie looks like it was tossed in a blender prior to being slapped on the plate in a most unflattering manner. It tastes like they ran out of sugar and decided to use salt instead (?What the hell, it?s white and our customers are stupid!?). Actually, if you go there for dessert, you may actually be stupid. Who wants to pay $10 for a piece of pie that tastes nasty, looks nasty, in an atmosphere that is nasty, with staff that are nasty?

Pros: located near South Street

Cons: the food; the service; the atmosphere; the price

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Once upon a time in the food service industry, it was believed that creating a pleasant dining experience for a customer was of the utmost importance. It makes sense since it?s the consumer who determines if an establishment stays in business or not. At the Pink Rose, it?s quite obvious they no longer follow this logic. Having received their last culinary award in 1994, I?m really wondering how they?ve managed to stay in business this long. My experience was absolutely terrible not to mention downright uncomfortable. To begin with my server was impatient and unpleasant. The menu she gave me had a sticky residue left over from what I can only assume was a previous customers unfortunate dining experience and the guy behind the counter just gave me the creeps. At this point I should have grabbed my boyfriend and left but we remained optimistic and ordered. What a mistake. My dessert looked like something salvaged from last week?s garbage (it was cracked, dry and missing the top corner) and the cappuccino my boyfriend had was less than stellar. When the check came for our disappointing dessert, I almost threw up my ugly tart back onto my plate. The price was outrageous considering the condition of the food and it's presentation. I would not recommend this place to anyone!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Once upon a time in the food service industry, it was believed that creating a pleasant dining experience for a customer was of the utmost importance. It makes sense since it?s the consumer who determines if an establishment stays in business or not. At the Pink Rose, it?s quite obvious they no longer follow this logic. Having received their last culinary award in 1994, I?m really wondering how they?ve managed to stay in business this long. My experience was absolutely terrible not to mention downright uncomfortable. To begin with my server was impatient and unpleasant. The menu she gave me had a sticky residue left over from what I can only assume was a previous customers unfortunate dining experience and the guy behind the counter just gave me the creeps. At this point I should have grabbed my boyfriend and left but we remained optimistic and ordered. What a mistake. My dessert looked like something salvaged from last week?s garbage (it was cracked, dry and missing the top corner) and the cappuccino my boyfriend had was less than stellar. When the check came for our disappointing dessert, I almost threw up my ugly tart back onto my plate. The price was outrageous considering the condition of the food and it's presentation. I would not recommend this place to anyone!!

Pros: Lovely tin ceilings

Cons: Terrible service

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I remember going to the Pink Rose a few years ago and having a great experience - not anymore. I went there this past week and from the minute my girlfriend and I entered the building it was a bad experience. The place didn't seem that clean, the person behind the counter seemed like a miserable human being, and the atmosphere sucked - especially with the tv on full blast in the back. We were listening to mattress commercials in the background during our whole time there - WTF? But 2 things really stuck out: the waiter gave us menus and then stood over us and waited with a "are you f'n ready?" look until we ordered, which was completely rude and weird - and the key lime pie we ordered was at least 2 days old and looked terrible when it was brought out. It just looked like it was thrown on the plate. Not to be a stickler, but if you're paying $6 for a piece of pie, it should at least be fresh and presented nicely. I would not recommend this place to anyone - maybe it was a Pink Rose a couple of years ago, but now it's more like skunk cabbage!

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★☆☆☆☆

I remember going to the Pink Rose a few years ago and having a great experience - not anymore. I went there this past week and from the minute my girlfriend and I entered the building it was a bad experience. The place didn't seem that clean, the person behind the counter seemed like a miserable human being, and the atmosphere sucked - especially with the tv on full blast in the back. We were listening to mattress commercials in the background during our whole time there - WTF? But 2 things really stuck out: the waiter gave us menus and then stood over us and waited with a "are you f'n ready?" look until we ordered, which was completely rude and weird - and the key lime pie we ordered was at least 2 days old and looked terrible when it was brought out. It just looked like it was thrown on the plate. Not to be a stickler, but if you're paying $6 for a piece of pie, it should at least be fresh and presented nicely. I would not recommend this place to anyone - maybe it was a Pink Rose a couple of years ago, but now it's more like skunk cabbage!

Pros: hmmm....

Cons: everything

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Let me tell you about my last experience at Pink Rose. Waitress tells us to take a seat at an uncleaned table and wasn't back for another twenty minutes to clear it (after we asked for it to be cleaned another 3 times)...Then my boyfriend got ice water with floaters in it....Then the cook from the back (who might as well be the homeless guy that sleeps outside my apt) brings over the silverware. He holds the utensils with the top of the fork and spoon in the palm of his hand. Then he pulls out a crumpled napkin from his dirty apron.

The owner walks in and we complain. He is polite but not surprised since he tells us some of his staff showed up two hours late and I quote "I leave for 20 minutes and this is what happens." At this point, the food hadn't come yet and I swore to my friends, whom have never eaten there before, that the food is good and it was just the service that was bad. The food came and it was decent. (Not nearly as good as it use to be)........Fast forward a few hours later and I started throwing up and one of my friends had it coming out the other end. I have no idea what happened to this restaurant. It used to be good. I guess I should have known since the sticker on the door says "Zagat Rated 2003." Apparently ALOT can happen in five years.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me tell you about my last experience at Pink Rose. Waitress tells us to take a seat at an uncleaned table and wasn't back for another twenty minutes to clear it (after we asked for it to be cleaned another 3 times)...Then my boyfriend got ice water with floaters in it....Then the cook from the back (who might as well be the homeless guy that sleeps outside my apt) brings over the silverware. He holds the utensils with the top of the fork and spoon in the palm of his hand. Then he pulls out a crumpled napkin from his dirty apron.

The owner walks in and we complain. He is polite but not surprised since he tells us some of his staff showed up two hours late and I quote "I leave for 20 minutes and this is what happens." At this point, the food hadn't come yet and I swore to my friends, whom have never eaten there before, that the food is good and it was just the service that was bad. The food came and it was decent. (Not nearly as good as it use to be)........Fast forward a few hours later and I started throwing up and one of my friends had it coming out the other end. I have no idea what happened to this restaurant. It used to be good. I guess I should have known since the sticker on the door says "Zagat Rated 2003." Apparently ALOT can happen in five years.

Pros: cheap

Cons: Makes you sick, bad service, long wait, lukewarm food, so much more

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one of the best in philly...but not the best...reliable cookies & chocolate cake...cute atmosphere...

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★★★★★

one of the best in philly...but not the best...reliable cookies & chocolate cake...cute atmosphere...

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The best way to start a long day ... a delicous cup of coffee and the best banana cream pie with an interesting twist... about an inch layer of pecan pie before you reach the crust...

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★★★★☆

The best way to start a long day ... a delicous cup of coffee and the best banana cream pie with an interesting twist... about an inch layer of pecan pie before you reach the crust...

Pros: delightful small restaurant ideal for a coffee break away from the office

Cons: parking can be a challenge

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Oh the food is heavenly! The sweet smell of powdered suger and waffles wafts down Bainbridge Street lifting spirits as it goes. And I love the way they bring out a darling little teapot when you order tea...but I can't go back. Everytime I've gone the waitress has disappeared and never returned and I've watch other tables go from pleasent conversation, to toe tapping frustration. I can't stand to be trapped for 2 hours just hoping to pay my bill, no matter how good the carrot cake. Stick to their take-out service.

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★★★☆☆

Oh the food is heavenly! The sweet smell of powdered suger and waffles wafts down Bainbridge Street lifting spirits as it goes. And I love the way they bring out a darling little teapot when you order tea...but I can't go back. Everytime I've gone the waitress has disappeared and never returned and I've watch other tables go from pleasent conversation, to toe tapping frustration. I can't stand to be trapped for 2 hours just hoping to pay my bill, no matter how good the carrot cake. Stick to their take-out service.

Pros: food, atmosphere

Cons: service

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Four of us went last week, and while the cakes were good (although overpriced) the service was very poor not to mention slow.
I took a group of 14 late Sunday afternoon after the orchestra. I called ahead to alert them and to be sure the place wasn't crowded. The girl on the phone was hesitant and seemed not to want us. We went anyway. First, even though there were only two other people in the place, they would not let us put tables together, which would have been very easy right along the front bench. So, ten sat near each other, but not "together" Four others sat by themselves.
Of course, for those new to the place, they wanted to look at the pastries in the counter. We were told to please take our seats! Then, since two people were still parking, the waitress did not want to start taking orders. I suggested it might be a good idea to get started considering we were 14. Finally she began. - BUT - only for the coffee. Then, only after the coffee was served did she decide to take the cake orders. - We are now passing a half hour. At great length the cakes arrived - OVER AN HOUR after we sat down. In the meantime, only two other folks came in for take away. A man also just seemed to walk around with a broom and not doing much else.
Do the owners of this place know who staffs it? The girl was generally polite but far beyond slow and very demanding.
Who is the server and who is the costomer?
I doubt I'll go there again - but where else is there in Philadelphia for a nice cake and coffee?

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★★☆☆☆

Four of us went last week, and while the cakes were good (although overpriced) the service was very poor not to mention slow.
I took a group of 14 late Sunday afternoon after the orchestra. I called ahead to alert them and to be sure the place wasn't crowded. The girl on the phone was hesitant and seemed not to want us. We went anyway. First, even though there were only two other people in the place, they would not let us put tables together, which would have been very easy right along the front bench. So, ten sat near each other, but not "together" Four others sat by themselves.
Of course, for those new to the place, they wanted to look at the pastries in the counter. We were told to please take our seats! Then, since two people were still parking, the waitress did not want to start taking orders. I suggested it might be a good idea to get started considering we were 14. Finally she began. - BUT - only for the coffee. Then, only after the coffee was served did she decide to take the cake orders. - We are now passing a half hour. At great length the cakes arrived - OVER AN HOUR after we sat down. In the meantime, only two other folks came in for take away. A man also just seemed to walk around with a broom and not doing much else.
Do the owners of this place know who staffs it? The girl was generally polite but far beyond slow and very demanding.
Who is the server and who is the costomer?
I doubt I'll go there again - but where else is there in Philadelphia for a nice cake and coffee?

Pros: nice cakes and pasteries - the only game in town

Cons: service, price

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I went with a few friends to this pastry shop, and basically, the desserts looked better than they taste. It is a good cute cozy place with a good selection of teas, and is very centrally located near several good restaurants off of South Street. Since Philly has such a dearth of good dessert places to go to in the evening, that this can be a default. I just can't get out of my head though, the eclair I orderd that was the size of a baseball, difficult to eat, with not enough pudding filling.

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★★★☆☆

I went with a few friends to this pastry shop, and basically, the desserts looked better than they taste. It is a good cute cozy place with a good selection of teas, and is very centrally located near several good restaurants off of South Street. Since Philly has such a dearth of good dessert places to go to in the evening, that this can be a default. I just can't get out of my head though, the eclair I orderd that was the size of a baseball, difficult to eat, with not enough pudding filling.

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I moved to Philly to go to pastry school and for several months, I heard from people I would meet that I absolutely HAD to visit the Pink Rose. When I went for the first time, I nearly cried in disappointment. The cakes were dry, the waitstaff was rude, the chocolate dipped strawberries looked disgusting and the ice cream was melted by the time it got to my table. Afterward, I figured it must have been a fluke because I still heard good things about it. About a year later, I went again, and again the cakes were dry, the items in the lighted front case looked ready for the garbage-bin, and the service was once again rude. I left not only disappointed, but saddened that the bakery is still coasting on a reputation it must have once legitimately earned.

PROS:
CONS: no off street parking

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★★☆☆☆

I moved to Philly to go to pastry school and for several months, I heard from people I would meet that I absolutely HAD to visit the Pink Rose. When I went for the first time, I nearly cried in disappointment. The cakes were dry, the waitstaff was rude, the chocolate dipped strawberries looked disgusting and the ice cream was melted by the time it got to my table. Afterward, I figured it must have been a fluke because I still heard good things about it. About a year later, I went again, and again the cakes were dry, the items in the lighted front case looked ready for the garbage-bin, and the service was once again rude. I left not only disappointed, but saddened that the bakery is still coasting on a reputation it must have once legitimately earned.

PROS:
CONS: no off street parking

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They are making it so easy to walk over to Starbucks. I used to love going to The Pink Rose for brunch, but the last few times I've been there, I've had to seat myself at dirty tables, and wait incredible amounts of time for anything, even a coffee. I called for take out and the person on the phone was so rude I decided to eat somewhere else.
I really hope they gain back the charm they once had.

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★★★☆☆

They are making it so easy to walk over to Starbucks. I used to love going to The Pink Rose for brunch, but the last few times I've been there, I've had to seat myself at dirty tables, and wait incredible amounts of time for anything, even a coffee. I called for take out and the person on the phone was so rude I decided to eat somewhere else.
I really hope they gain back the charm they once had.

Pros: cute place, good desserts, good brunch/lunch

Cons: terrible service

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This little bakery on the corner of 4th & Bainbridge is in a class by itself. Old fashioned enough to bring your grandmother to, but romantic enough for a date - the question is, who do you bring? And the answer is, your grandmother. It's hard to look sexy when you're gorging on cake & cookies & I promise you, it's gonna happen. I almost fainted the first time I stepped in here. First off, you can smell the pastries from the next block. Awaiting you are endless trays of beautifully coiffed cookies, some crunchy, some so soft & creamy they melt in your mouth in seconds. Then there are the cakes: cheesecakes with every imaginable fruit & filling, velvety chocolate mousses, white chocolate fudge cakes, tarts, pralines, muffins, scones. And utterly fantastic coffee. Don't wear tight pants.

PROS: old fashioned Victorian ambiance, pastries to die for
CONS: expect to eat a lot more than you planned

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★★★★★

This little bakery on the corner of 4th & Bainbridge is in a class by itself. Old fashioned enough to bring your grandmother to, but romantic enough for a date - the question is, who do you bring? And the answer is, your grandmother. It's hard to look sexy when you're gorging on cake & cookies & I promise you, it's gonna happen. I almost fainted the first time I stepped in here. First off, you can smell the pastries from the next block. Awaiting you are endless trays of beautifully coiffed cookies, some crunchy, some so soft & creamy they melt in your mouth in seconds. Then there are the cakes: cheesecakes with every imaginable fruit & filling, velvety chocolate mousses, white chocolate fudge cakes, tarts, pralines, muffins, scones. And utterly fantastic coffee. Don't wear tight pants.

PROS: old fashioned Victorian ambiance, pastries to die for
CONS: expect to eat a lot more than you planned

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The first time I went to the Pink Rose I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The desserts are indescribably good! The banana cream pie is to die for. The ambiance is really romantic and sweet. The only problem with the Pink Rose is the size, seating is very limited and super tight. If you have girth, you will not be comfortable here.

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★★★★★

The first time I went to the Pink Rose I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The desserts are indescribably good! The banana cream pie is to die for. The ambiance is really romantic and sweet. The only problem with the Pink Rose is the size, seating is very limited and super tight. If you have girth, you will not be comfortable here.

Pros: incredible desserts, excellent service, good tea & coffee

Cons: , tight seating

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This place use to be great but has gone down hill recently. New ownership has lower quality final products that are no longer worth the money or special trip since similar offering are all over the city. Some items are good but nothing like the past. Most are average at best. Sorry to see this happen...

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★★☆☆☆

This place use to be great but has gone down hill recently. New ownership has lower quality final products that are no longer worth the money or special trip since similar offering are all over the city. Some items are good but nothing like the past. Most are average at best. Sorry to see this happen...

Pros: good coffee, location

Cons: average food, price, quality

 

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