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“A fun place with good chow”

Rookies Food & Spirits
Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Mazomanie
Price range: US$5 - US$12
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Description: Rookies Food & Spirits is the perfect place for the whole family. In addition to the bar and dining areas, Rookies features an authentic Wiffle ball field with an attached clubhouse that’s fantastic for birthdays, reunions, graduation parties, and other events. If you’re a sports fan, you won’t find a better place to watch all the games, local and national. We’re stocked with 29 TV screens; there’s not a bad seat in the house. Over 6,000 baseball cards cover the walls of the men’s room, and autographed memorabilia covers nearly every other square inch of the restaurant and bar, floor to ceiling. Owner Steve Schmitt, also owner of The Shoe Box and the Madison Mallards baseball team, has filled Rookies with his passion for sports in the form of the best collection of sports memorabilia this side of Cooperstown. Much of the memorabilia was donated and autographed by Steve’s personal friends. You won’t believe the collection until you see it. Whether you’re a sports fan, passionate about top-quality down-home American cooking, or just in the mood to have a drink with the friendliest staff in Wisconsin, Rookies has what you’re looking for. Stop by the best sports shrine in the area for a hot meal and a cold beer.
Reviewed 28 March 2012

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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Reviewed 22 February 2012

If you even went to a single baseball game as a kid, do not miss this place! baseball fans go nuts here. The food is good -- a basic bar food menu, prices are reasonable, and the staff is friendly.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stopped at ~3:00 pm with a group of people and had four tables including two kids tables. The waitress at our table was extremely rude. I asked for a chocolate milk shake. She said "uh, we only have one bartender and I don't know if she wants to make one or not so don't get mad at me if she's upset at making milk shakes since they take a long time to make." We ordered four of them and received them with the other drinks. She tried hurriedly to take our order and was very annoyed when someone asked her a question about the menu. When we got to the last of the four couples at our table, the gentleman asked what the soup of the day was. She said "Tavern stew." He asked what was in it. Reply: "a bunch of crap." Well, that didn't sound appetizing. This waitress needs a new profession because she is costing Rookies customers. We also asked for separate checks for each family (which we do at each place we go to about twice a month with this group and they always do and don't add on gratuity). However, this woman was upset with the request and then added 20% gratuity to each check. She did not refill drinks so we went to the bar ourselves and asked for more pop and water refills, she was rude, and very unprofessional which is too bad because Rookies does have good food and neat atmosphere. So overall Rookies gets a 3 out of 5 instead of 4 because of the awful server. If you sit in Laura's section, move to another part of the restaurant.

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Reviewed 14 September 2011

We were traveling with a group and stopped for dinner. Very cool decor - sport's bar theme - and lots of it. Food was average. The server was on the rude side and 'rushed', even tho they were not busy. May give another try sometimes again...

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