Lakeside Bowl rolls out a smorgasbord of family fun with 16 lanes snaking past a restaurant, lounge, and 18-hole outdoor mini golf course. Quartets don alley-appropriate footwear before sending globes careening down pristine sphereways during a duo of athletic showdowns. An automatic scoring system tallies strikes and spares, freeing competitors from calculating totals via pen and paper or trying to find a signal for WiFi-ready abacuses. Refuel launching arms with a large deluxe pizza crafted amid the casual restaurant's cerulean walls and suspended TVs, or sink like a sentient anchor into the lounge's homey booths, nestled between emerald walls and a timber-topped bar.
The Stop In Family Restaurant serves up hearty portions of classic American comfort fare. Early risers can indulge creative impulses by building towers of fluffy pancakes ($3.59 for three) and using the waffles to make crispy castles with gooey syrup moats ($3.89). Meanwhile, the farmer's omelette yields tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, an edible edition of Poor Richard's Almanack, and a choice of meat ($6.29). At lunch, the three-alarm pizza cranks up the heat with a medley of jalapeños, peppercinis, and banana peppers ($12.95 for 14 in.).
There's a good reason why your favorite barbecue dish might not always be available at The Prized Pig. It's because every day, the pitmasters load smokers and grills with aromatic oak and apple wood, and slow-smoke all their meats?some for up to 12 hours. So when they run out of tender smoked pork shoulder, St. Louis-style ribs, Texas-style brisket, or smoked chicken, no more can be made until the next day's smoking is complete.
Luckily, even if a certain item runs out, every dish on the menu is worth trying. There's smoked sausage platters, for example, paired with sides like baked beans and potato salad, plus the shop's homemade pickles and cornbread. Or, the Squealer Sandwich, which starts with pulled pork, then gets a hefty helping of the sides?mac and cheese, coleslaw, fried onions?piled right on top. Regardless of what you choose, each dish can be customized to your liking with a choice of sweet Kansas-city style, spicy tomato-based, or vinegary North Carolina barbecue sauce, all of which come served on the side.