The sports memorabilia on the walls, ceilings and rest rooms (the men’s anyway) deserve a visit if you haven’t been to the Rookie’s before. But, the Rookie’s offers much more. Salads are surprisingly good for a sports pub. Dressings aren’t homemade but the greens and toppings are always fresh and tasty – the portions generous. The sandwiches too are good, not world-class, but uniformly satisfying. The daily specials are a bit of a mixed bag. Meat loaf on Tuesday, Wednesday ribs and Thursday pasta are all good, Friday fish options are extensive. Before 2:00 pm on Friday you can have a cod fish sandwich, deep fried or broiled the way I like it for only $5.00 – a real deal. Miscellaneous specials are often highly caloric. They’re great if you’re anemic or work off a lot of energy on a construction job. I’m not a fan of the soups, generally too salty for my taste.
The entire staff is super. We sit at the bar when available and all of the bar-tenders are friendly and attentive. Interactions with other staff are less frequent but they also are friendly and accommodating. The manager, Dave, and kitchen staff, particularly Toby, are always helpful. It’s a fun laid-back place. Day-time patrons are also friendly (we don’t go there at night so I can’t speak for the evening crowd). Oh, and I should mention the popcorn. It’s free and delicious. In the summer Dave tells me he goes through more than 100 pounds a week so it’s not just me that thinks it’s great. My first wife has pretty much given up on cooking so we often eat out. The Rookies is our most frequently visited day-time haunt.
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