Ten Pin Alley is the crown jewel in central Ohio's bowling tiara, rolling out pin-pummeling fun in a relaxed, retro atmosphere. Ten Pin's unlimited summer package helps mortal bowlers achieve Olympian status, offering one hour of bowling and shoe rental for up to six people per day from June 1 to August 31 (normally $25–$27/hour, plus $3.95/person for shoe rental). Rich with creature comforts such as sink-into-able soft couches for between throws, Ten Pin’s slick vibe runs counter to the typical dilapidated orange-and-brown alleys dripping with Nixon-era dread. The casually upscale atmosphere is equally welcoming to families, grizzled bowling veterans, and casual fans looking for a chance to show off fingerless gloves originally purchased for attention-starved pinky nails.
Expert pie tossing and fresh ingredients catapult Romeo’s Pizza into the upper echelons of dough-centric fare. The menu's resident pizzas—ranging from 9-inch bundles of joy ($7.99+ plus $1.50/topping) to full-sheet behemoths ($24.99+ plus $4/topping) perfect for parties with enough space to compose an entire ode to a birthday boy or girl—can be custom-constructed with any combination of six sauces and more than 20 toppings. Patrons preferring demolition without construction can choose one of Romeo’s specialty pies, including Dante’s Peak, a mouth-wowing mountain of sausage, banana peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pepperoni ($15.99 for 12") that fearlessly scales the heights of flavor without recourse to sauce sherpas or pepperoni pack mules. Subs, wings, and crusty-gooey strombolis and calzones ($7.99) further douse the flames of hunger in savory sauces and cheese.
The friendly-family owners behind The Olive Tree whip up a diverse menu of fresh, authentic Mediterranean dishes. The tangy signature hummus ($4.50) tickles tongues either slathered alone atop a fresh, warm pita or surrounded by fava beans, garlic, lemon, and cilantro in the nutritious hummus ful ($7.50). The machmusa ($4.95), or sautéed eggplant, bursts with flavor and concealed fireworks, which plant-partial palates can pleasantly pair with the piquant tabouli salad ($4.50 small, $6.50 large). The spicy gyro’s ($10.95) thin lamb slices sizzle with a zesty house-made hot sauce, and the chicken shawarma ($9.95) struts around in a sultry blend of Middle Eastern spices, green peppers, and rhinestone bellbottoms. For a dish even more authentically Greek than Mexican American actor Anthony Quinn, face-plant into a plate of moussaka ($12.95) and chase it with a dessert of baklava ($2.95) or homemade rice pudding ($2.95). In accordance with Mediterranean restaurant laws, you can legally light any dish on fire so long as you shout "Opa!"
Louie's Grill Fusion jazzes up everyday meals with south-of-the-border flavors from Mexico and Cuba that rouse snoozing, spice-craving taste buds. Dip a toe in the meal fountain with appetizers such as fried plantains ($5.49) or a towering plate of nachos ($6.99), or dive right in with a Fiesta burger ($9.79), a half pounder topped with fried onions, slivered avocado, and chipotle ranch with a side of sweet potato fries.
Purveying pizzas and subs is a family affair for the friendly staffers at Flyers, who have been offering patrons saucy circulars and savory sandwiches since 1976. Like the devastating barrage of cake and ice cream that the Air Force drops on other countries during their birthday, The Bomber signature pizza bombards unsuspecting tasters with palatable flavors, particularly its combination of provolone cheese, mushroom, green peppers, and a gathering of meats ($7.99 for stromboli, $13.99 for 11"; $17.49 for 13"; $19.99 for 15"). Peruse pizza and sandwich options here.
The family behind Crumbz Cakery always loved baking together. With the creation of Crumbz Cakery, they now share their tasty family recipes with outsiders: gooey fudge brownies, cinnamon crunch muffins, and homemade buttercream frosting, to name a few. They also make specialty cakes, perfect for a family birthday, baby shower, or when you realize the baby can't make his own cakes yet. Cakes come in a range of flavors, from yellow and white to red velvet and german chocolate. All can be topped with signature icings, such as chocolate buttercream or coconut pecan.
A clay oven, fresh ground spices, and a commitment to authenticity creates taste bud appeal in Venky's culinary creations. The lunch (entrées range from $5.99 to $8.99) menu is on active duty weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offers a wide variety of combo meal options and more than ten vegetarian entrées. With the strike of the dinner hour gong, the menu extends its hydraulic arms to include more than 20 appetizers, a selection of house-made Indian breads, and desserts such as the pista kulfi ($2.99), pistachio-flavored Indian ice cream. Commemorate birthdays, bat mitzvahs, and hard-won pickle bowling victories with the chicken dum biryani ($11.99), the traditional Hyderabadi celebration meal and one of Venky's signature dishes. Lamb and seafood also play starring roles, and the rose-flavored milk ($2.99) gives a meal a certain je ne sais naan. Venky's red and orange interiors, soft lighting, and intimate dining room are ideal for evening dates, friendly dinners, and wooing unsuspecting acquaintances in order to pilfer their medical benefits.