It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.
As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.
Certified Tribal Belly Dance teacher Heidi Wunder embraces every creative aspect of her art, from its empowering twirls to the traditional hip scarves that she crochets herself. She welcomes women of all ages during her classes, where she tutors tummies on the low-impact, largely improvised dance style. The form's various cues allow participants to step in unison without planned choreography or flowcharts taped to their foreheads. Because of the dance's social element, Heidi views her 2,000-square-foot space as a venue for guests to make lasting bonds while they discover their potential for strength and grace.
Heidi also handmakes many ornamentations to complement her students' routines. Custom-sewn clothing and spiraling henna patterns comprise striking tribal ensembles.
Landscaped holes sprawl across the grounds of Putt-Putt Fun Center's three locations, challenging visitors to take hold of putters and test their short game. Besides putt-putt golf, the center has batting cages that hurl baseballs and the occasional tomato at various speeds. The attractions at Alley Cats Entertainment Center, include kid-friendly laser tag, rock-climbing, and an arcade, as well as a bar with billiards for the grown-ups. Both locations are home to giant arcades featuring state-of-the-art games and redemption centers to cash in tickets for prizes.
Specials and parties are offered year-round including summer camps, which are offered through Alley Cats and Putt-Putt Fun Center's multiple locations. At camps, kids ages 5 to 13 experience daily themes in a classroom setting from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., from June 9 through August 22. All facilities are fully licensed for daycare and activities include days such as magic day, where children are taught tricks by a professional magician.
At Chop House Steak & Seafood, head chef Kenny Mills relies on the skills he's learned throughout his eclectic career, which included a stint operating the healthy, organic Natura Cafe in Uptown Dallas, as well as stops at steakhouses in Denver, Fort Worth, and DC. The menu reflects the chef's extensive experience with simple, yet elegant dishes, such as slow-smoked prime rib, Cajun rib eyes, mesquite-grilled salmon over lemon couscous, and tuna tartare tostadas.
Walls lined with school memorabilia and local trinkets envelop patrons with a warm neighborhood vibe at the independently owned Buck n' Loons, and the welcoming embrace extends to the restaurant’s varied menu of homespun comfort cuisine. Nosh a half-pound slab of juicy steak burgers, such as the green-chile-covered New Mexico ($7.99) and the bacon cheeseburger ($8.49). Or wield a knife and fork and tame a growling stomach with the decadent one-pound animal burger, which tops double meat and cheese with a sliced hot dog, chili, and Fritos ($10.99). A rivulet of gravy floats alongside a shoreline of chicken-fried steak ($10.99), and mountains of mashed spuds and vegetables round out the protein topography of the meat loaf dinner ($9.99). Personable staff members help idle hands find solace in wholesome handhelds such as the breaded pickles and jalapenos ($5.49) or the loaded Irish chicken nachos ($8.99).
Set just across the street from the UT–Arlington Mavericks' baseball field, Atomic Subs & Wings dons a lively, sports-themed atmosphere, indulging diners with savory American cuisine and wings slathered in homemade sauces. Pay tribute to favorite teams or celebrated outlaws by noshing the Maverick, a loaf of white bread brimming with a half-pound of feisty rib-eye steak, italian sausage, and capicola ($5.99 for a small, $11.99 for a large). Gravity-marooned snackers can don the specialty wings, which feature eight flavors, including the feisty Hellfire wings and the garlic and parmesan-garnished Rockstar ($16.29 for 24). Live music fosters a festive atmosphere and competitive chicken dance-offs on the weekends.