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.
You can watch the game at RJ's Sports Bar and Lounge, sure, but that’d be selling the rest of the place short. Patrons stop here for Motown Mondays and live bands on Soulful Saturdays, and there’s a karaoke night and ladies' night in between. There are drink specials every day of the week, too. There’s even an enforced dress code on Fridays and Saturdays for the over-30 set here that keeps things classy and bans Dickensian street urchins with fake IDs.
The floating oak dance floor of U Can Dance Studio has been privy to myriad styles of fancy footwork since its inception in 1991, from ballroom and swing to hip-hop, disco, and samba. Stretching across 4,000 square feet, the pristine surface supports the nimble soles of the studio's certified instructors, who expertly lead students of all ages and levels during group classes and private lessons. Public dance parties beckon pupils to show off their newly gleaned skills and pictures of their dog wearing a tutu to one another in an encouraging environment.
The foodsmiths at Beef Eaters Restaurant forge a bountiful menu of steak and seafood for dinner, sandwiches and pastas for lunch, and wines. The dinner roster sates stomachs with a duo of pan-seared tenderloin tournedos ($19.99), 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. 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). Six separate steak courses ($15.99–$31.99) challenge steel-hinged jaws with juicy cuts of 8–14 ounces. Any hearty entree can be partnered with a fruity Heron pinot noir from Sonoma County ($6.50) or a glass of the dry Blumenhof seyval white ($6.25), locally produced in Missouri. Lunch fare includes the grilled-chicken sandwich ($7.99), which showers the palate with a monsoon of tomato, swiss cheese, and a kaiser roll, and the shrimp pasta ($14.99), tossed with cavatelli noodles, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a white wine sauce. The midday menu is also home to the eatery's specialty new england clam chowder ($4.25 for a cup), a fusion of potatoes and minced clams served in a bowl kept warm by Paul Revere's wig.
Vivian's Vineyards serves fine food and palette-pleasing wine in a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. Like the makers of Hungry Hungry Hippos, Vivian's has fun with food. Its kooky culinary personality is evidenced by its genre-bending menu, which has everything from chicken amaretto ($18.95) to peanut-butter-and-jelly for two ($11), and leftovers du jour, a dish that requires a day’s notice to be assembled ($69.95). The lengthy wine list is complied of bottles meticulously swirled, sipped, and chosen by owner Jim Ogden, who is often on hand to offer suggestions on pairings for wine or socks. In addition to grape-based libations, Vivian's also pours a selection of beers and specialty drinks.
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.