Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon to Rosie’s Diner in Rockford. Choose between two options:
- For $3, you get $6 worth of ice cream treats from the ice cream shop at Rosie's Diner.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of classic American comfort food in Rosie's Diner or the adjacent bar.
Before Rosie's Diner's classic pink-neon sign flickered on the first episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, its charming environs were enlisted to appear in a series of classic Bounty television commercials featuring Nancy Walker as Rosie the waitress. The restaurant continues to entice tongue buds today, serving up a diverse menu brimming with traditional diner delectables whipped up from scratch. Greasers can reach for the hand-battered and finger-lickin' onion rings ($3.50 half order, $5 full order), while sweet fangs can sink into the Food Network–featured cobblestone french toast, formed from thick slices of homemade bread infused with cinnamon, walnuts, apples, and brown sugar ($7.75 full stack, $6.25 short stack). Family-recipe meatloaf ($10) provides fitting fuel for quintuplet reunions, as it simmers seductively alongside mashed potatoes slathered with homemade gravy. Malt-shop memoirists can nostalgify their nourishment by pairing the tasty, fresh Angus Rosie burger ($6) with a perfectly blended milkshake ($4.25).
Metal siding, ruby-red booths, and classic counter seating underscore the authentic drive-in aura at Rosie's, originally opened in New Jersey in 1946 and then relocated to Rockford in the early 1990s. Owner Jonelle Woods recently installed an adjacent sports bar bedecked with plasma-screen televisions, a pool table, and a trophy case of beers and liquors. In keeping with the drive-in tradition, Rosie's frequently hosts events such as Truck Night, Bike Night, and Jeep Night, attracting engine enthusiasts and Optimus Primes alike.
- For me... awesome onion rings and a place to show off a unique spot for visitors. Rosie's Diner is definitely a Michigan gem. – Adam W., Yelp, 6/30/2009
- Her sandwich was the BEST BLT I've ever had! The two bites I got were heaven: perfectly fried bacon, fresh tomato, lettuce still crisp, etc. – matt4stir, TripAdvisor
4500 14 Mile Rd.
Rockford, Michigan 49341Get Directions