At Crest Bowl, pins scatter across the gleaming hardwood of 32 bowling lanes equipped with up-to-date scoring equipment, lending a baritone rumble to a chorus of cheery shouts. Patrons lace up bowling shoes to improve smooth approaches and ward off sandal-model scouts. Mr. Karaoke conducts sing-alongs multiple nights a week, and cosmic bowling nights allow players to work toward a perfect game and experience the thrill of riding a comet amid upbeat music and the glow of laser lights. When three consecutive strikes put turkey on bowlers' minds, Brickhouse Pizza Company sates appetites with pizzas and sandwiches and fuels victory toasts with a full bar.
The Piano Bar catalyzes nights of song-laden celebration with finely tuned bar snacks served between spirited musical battles. Patrons munch on baskets of alligator bites ($6) and honey-mustard-adorned chicken strips ($6) or choose classics like shrimp cocktail ($6) or chile con queso ($5) as the two piano men play tug of war with a spontaneous, all request set-list of pop, rock, and country standards. The $20 Groupon can be used to cover the total bill.
The foodsmiths at Beef Eaters Restaurant, which was ranked the number-one restaurant in RV parks and campgrounds in 2005 (http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=2191645) by MotorHome magazine, prepare a bountiful menu(http://www.beefeatersonline.com/menu-wines.php) of steak and seafood for dinner, sandwiches and pastas for lunch, and wines. The dinner roster sates sullen stomachs with a duo of pan-seared Tenderloin Tournedos, tastily accoutered with tomatoes, mushroom, and a pool of burgundy wine sauce that it collected while twisting around the kitchen at wind speeds of 178 mph ($19.99). Seafood arrives hand breaded and deep fried with the jumbo shrimp or sautéed in the case of the tilapia, which simmers under a fresh coat of lemon cream sauce (each $16.99).
Llywelyn's menu introduces an impressive assortment of traditional pub classics to salads, flatbreads, wraps, and ambitiously portioned sandwiches. Start with an order of Welsh potato chips ($3.95); flaky, fried Irish pies ($7.95); beer-battered fried pub pickles ($7.25); or the much-talked-about chicken chili ($4.95 for a bowl). Then wrap mouth muscles around fish and chips ($10.25): two beer-battered and fried cod fillets served with house-made tartar sauce. From meaty chunks of lamb, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and green beans swimming in Guinness-Jameson stock ($9.95) to shepherd's pie ($10.95), the selections side well with a sudsy sip. The beer menu includes an exhaustive library of selections by the draft or bottle. Llywelyn's also offers a menu of kid-friendly fare.
Name any way of cooking chicken, and chances are that the culinary team at Big A's on the Riverfront has thought of it. The gastropub's cooks specialize in a variety of chicken preparations, from dusting birds in Memphis dry rub to coating them with a teriyaki glaze. Their crowning chicken achievement, however, remains wings tossed in a choice of eight sauces, including the extra-spicy "Fire," a safer alternative to eating wings right off a fireplace poker. And those wings are served sided with plenty of praise?the BCI Annual Wing Dings competition has honored Big A's entries on eight separate occasions.
The specially-prepared poultry arrives tableside along with other bar food classics, including including acclaimed burgers and certified Angus steaks topped with house-made garlic butter. A sippable selection of domestic, imported, and craft brews wait to be raised in toasts. Big A's environment is as unpretentiously warm as the dishes it serves, featuring exposed brick walls, flat-screen televisions, and pool tables.