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Family Fun At RW's BBQ

Ice Cream, Mini-Golf and slow smoked BBQ are ready and waiting at this casual family-oriented restaurant.

RW's BBQ opened for business just six weeks ago and you may already find a line out the door on a Saturday night. RW's offers southern style smoked BBQ, along with premium ice cream and milkshakes on the deck and an updated mini-golf course for entertainment. 

We stopped in on a recent Sunday afternoon with our three kids, not knowing what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. We started with a round of mini-golf on a course that I'll call "restored vintage." For $5 per person you can play 19 holes; some are new, like the rotating pig with a chef's hat, and some are vintage, like the hole with the cement cannon. The course is perfect for young kids and has a relaxed feel. There is only one water element on the course, which limits greatly the opportunity for one of my kids to "accidentally" get soaked.

After an hour of mini-golf, we headed into the restaurant to try out the food. After ordering at the counter, the food was ready in a flash, which is almost fast enough to keep a hungry kid from whining, but it's as good as it gets.

My husband and I shared the Memphis Style Ribs ($10.95), which came with a side dish, BBQ sauce, bread, a pickle and coleslaw.  We both thoroughly enjoyed the juicy ribs. My oldest daughter tried the Brisket ($9.95), which she said she liked and shared with her dad because she didn't feel like finishing it. My younger two children (the real tough customers) ordered Hot Dogs ($2.69) and French Fries ($3.00) and sampled the creamy Mac and Cheese side ($3.00). They were happy with their food, especially the fries, which were a hit with everyone. I was a disappointed with the cornbread, which was a little dry and could be improved.

We didn't have enough room to try out the Pulled Pork Sandwiches ($6.95) or the Chile side ($3.00), but we will next time around. The bill came to around $40 for our family of five.

After sitting still to eat for an entire 15 minutes, the kids were ready to head outside to the deck for some ice cream.  The deck at RW's overlooks a little pond that's home to a family of ducks, a giant fish named Walter, dozens of smaller fish and a bunch of hungry geese.  Feeding these creatures entertained my kids for at least another 20 minutes while I shared my daughter's Oreo Cookie ice cream. The premium ice cream runs $2.69 for a single scoop cone, $4.69 for a double scoop.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy some ice cream, a filling BBQ dinner, or a quick sandwich on the go, RW's has it covered.  

And don't forget to check out Walter the giant fish. They say he waves his fin if you watch closely!

Jim Krul March 27, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Disappointing. Bought Groupon, ordered take out, Owner would not honor Groupon. He blaimed groupon for not having dine in only. Against better judgement, we paid and took our order. Disppoined in owner...and even more disappointed with food. We will not go again.
BobCat March 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM
Went there once when they first opened. Not a good experience. They only offered white bread, no rolls. The brisket was not trimmed or sliced, just hunks of meat and fat piled onto plain white bread. Not very appetizing. Haven't been back since. And as far as Groupon is concerned, avoid them too. I signed up - since then, my email has been flooded with spam.
Brian June 17, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Fully agree with the above 2 comments. We wet there as a family of 5 and tried to use 2 Groupons ($50 when our bill was just over $70). Owner said they only accept 1 per visit, but the groupon printout stated up to 3 per visit. Owner blamed it on Groupon staying they did not get the fine print correct. The meal itslef was just OK. Brisket was about the best thing we did have but I agree with the comment above that it was not trimmed and a bit fatty. My wife's chicken wrap had a large bone in it and they screwed up the order. That said, the biggest issue was how the owner was rude. He asked how the meal was and I said it was OK. Didn't say it was bad. Never complained about the bone and his comment was "well I hope you don't come back". His staff appeared shocked at his behavior and even appologized to me. No way I would go back here. There are plenty of other BBQ options around that are much better!!
Steve Schappert October 23, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Live Music starting this Saturday with young local musician Timothy Fox of Brookfield. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=235735296480419 Plain white bread is the true southern tradition, just sayin...
Pcade August 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
We have tried it a few times. the food is okay, but its nice to be able to sit out side the setting is nice. The owner is very rude to his customers and his staff but they seem to cover for him.even when the beer he served had different caps on them! gee are they refilled? yuk! Its a shame because the food is okay,and its a great setting but he needs to stay in the kitchen. We do not need someone like him with an attitude in Brookfield!

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