At RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge, servers carry nacho orders over to lanes. Yet, these aren?t your typical pile of stale tortilla chips slathered in lukewarm cheese or Cheeez??the squeezable pouch of dairy that kidz crave?these are pulled-beef nachos, homemade chips covered in ranch-raised chuck that's been slow roasted for hours. These kinds of delicious upgrades typify the venue's upscale bowling experience. The staff waits on players from the moment they're seated at 1 of 10 alleys, delivering their shoes and typing their names into the scoring system. As guests wait their turn, they can switch segments of a 60-foot video wall to broadcast their favorite shows or explore the three lounges spread throughout the game area.
Posh geometric furniture dots the entire space, from circular ottomans to the luminous, spherical pendants of the chandeliers. Embedded fragments of recycled red glass turn the bar top into a mosaic stage for martinis and pins trying to pass as oversize beer bottles. With its scenic views of the Bricktown Canal, a private room, and event dining plans, RedPin also hosts memorable special events for groups of varying sizes.
All meals arrive from the The Basement Modern Diner. Its menu highlights made-from-scratch, modernized renditions of bowling-alley cuisine: panko-parmesan breading surrounds the onion rings, and handmade burgers lead to desserts of ice cream sundaes, floats, and spiked milkshakes.
Anchored in the Fontana Shopping Center, Magoo's has filled bellies and entertained the people attached to those bellies for nearly two decades. Every day of the week, lunch and dinner spreads prompt a constant procession of plates, which arrive at tables lugging half-pound burgers and country-fried steaks. After emerging victorious from their meal or a mozzarella-stick duel with a friend, diners celebrate with a drink from the drinks bar or a game of billiards on one of the restaurant's 30 felted battlegrounds. TVs flicker above with sports action, and during the week, music fills the air during karaoke nights or live performances.
Helmed in part by three Sooner Heisman Trophy winners, Autographs Sports Bar slings tasty finger foods from its kitchen and exciting sports action from its 12 plasma TVs. The menu kicks off with fried chicken wings slathered in one of six flavors, including barbecue, honey-garlic, and Jason White-Hot ($9). A BLAT sandwich on a ciabatta bun slips avocado between the layers of a traditional BLT like a sixth-grader sneaking a swear word into a history report to see if anybody's reading ($8), and the Boomer Q. ribs drape tender pork in a smoky hickory barbecue sauce ($16). Each Groupon customer exits with a 38.5"x6" locker-room sign urging all onlookers to "play like a champion today," aided by former Sooner stars Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and Jason White, who appear at Autographs Sports Bar up to six times a year to chat with fans, take photos, and simulate a fumble drill by weaving between the barstools.
The chefs at Potbelly’s Pub and Grill already had an arsenal of seared, juicy burgers on their menu when Pat, a regular customer, came up with a bold recipe that would become a hit. He introduced the kitchen to a special type of sausage and told the chefs how to mix it with their ground beef to create a new kind of burger. After sampling it, owners Dave Ingram, Kerry Tunnell, and Dan Pollard liked the burger so much that they named it the Pat burger and feature it prominently on their menu. These extraordinary flavors in pub food are what continue to grab Potbelly’s so much attention, even getting raves in a 2011 Tulsa World review. In addition to their burger baskets with golden fries, the cooks load up plates of nachos with chili, chicken, and cheese and top pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw and crunchy red onions. In the dining area, patrons clink pint glasses of beer from the full bar while playing tic-tac-toe with their cues on the pool table. The interior feel welcomes guests as though they were coming home, nowhere more so than in the room’s eclectic collection of antique and flea-market finds mounted on the walls.
The eclectic elegance inspired by Rinie’s sprawls from a multifarious menu of American-Italian dishes fused with bursts of Thai and Asian flavoring. Rinie’s travelogue of cuisine heightens the epicurean senses as the lighting dims, setting the scene for toothsome proposals to rich risotto or crab cake appetizers for two ($9). Succulent entrees of north atlantic salmon come baked in a rich curry sauce or pan fried and topped with white wine dill sauce, both served over asian rice ($18). Spicy chicken pad thai dressed in sweet chili sauce grazes the lips seductively before moving into the mouth’s apartment with rice noodles, vegetables, and a futon for when guests visit ($16). Lovers can lap from Rinie’s copious wine selection, though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol purchases.
Pubs west of the Atlantic often pay homage to the UK, but Dan McGuinness Pub goes one step farther: it was actually made in Ireland. Shipped to Memphis, Tennessee in pieces, the first Dan McGuinness was entirely assembled by a team of five Irishmen, who still manually hold it together today. The franchise's other locations weren't built this way, but they all carry on the original pub's tradition of friendly service and classic Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. American and English influences also permeate the menu in dishes such as blackened chicken fingers and fish ‘n’ chips made with Atlantic cod dipped in Harp lager batter.
The pub's beer list similarly mixes up European and American offerings with brews from Guinness, Smithwick's, and Sam Adams. Feasts at Dan McGuinness unfold amid a convivial atmosphere, with entertainment such as billiards and live music every Friday and Saturday night.