Like a Chevrolet, ballpark fare is robust, all-American, and requires an assembly line of two-dozen union workers to construct. Dig into appetizing Americana with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of ballpark-inspired fare and drinks at Rookies Food & Spirits in Mazomanie.
Rookies Food & Spirits sports a menu brimming with hearty, all-American fare in a family-friendly, sports-themed atmosphere. Right off the bat, begin with a whole pound of home-run hot wings slathered in Rookies' signature sauce ($7.29), or pinch-hit a half-pound of Wisconsin white-cheddar cheese curds ($5.79). Rookies' homemade soups ($2.49+) provide an appetizing accompaniment to the quarter-pound bullpen bratwurst ($3.99) from Stoddard's Country Grove Market. Step up to the plate with the Major Leaguer, a half-pound patty of charbroiled, USDA Choice beef pinstriped with delicate seasonings ($5.29). Patrons harboring home-run-sized hunger can dine on broiled cod ($12.99) or a 10-ounce rib-eye ($12.99). Seafood lovers can feast on a Friday fish fry, and Guinness World Records sticklers can bring stopwatches to time Rookies' hops-filled happy hours, which they claim to be the longest in Dane County.
From floor to ceiling, Rookies is covered in memorabilia of America's most popular games. More than 6,000 baseball cards wallpaper the men's room, autographed footballs and baseball bats dangle from the ceiling, and old-school bobbleheads bobble on shelves. Twenty-nine TVs throughout the casual confines ensure that diners don't whiff on any local or national games. Steve Schmitt, Rookies' founder and Madison Mallards' owner, caps off his baseball homage with a regulation-sized Wiffle-ball field that boasts a club house fit for birthday parties or interactive screenings of Field of Dreams.
- The decor is very eclectic, the place is clean and the staff is always friendly. I recommend this place highly.– Daniel J., 11/21/10