At Rule 3, players hurl orbs down 14 hardwood lanes before refueling with food and arcade entertainment. During bowling bouts, vivid flat-screen monitors keep competitors honest and prevent scores from parading as Scrabble letters. Between sets, players can roll more compact spheres with a choice of Balley pool tables ($1.25/game) or mini-bowling games ($1–$2/game). The full menu fills hearty appetites with entrees of Yankee pot roast ($10) and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese ($8) and highlights six different kinds of fries that diners can choose to load 15 different ways, including Buffalo style, Ragin’ Cajun, and Jamaican jerk.
The seating at Señor Patrón is etched with brightly colored images of desserts, fruit, suns, and cowboys, playing off the hot-pink walls and colorful plates of Mexican fare. Inspired by the first Señor Patrón restaurant, which was founded in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco in 1935, the electric color scheme was chosen to pay homage to the rich colonial architecture, mariachi music, and cuisine that sets the area apart. In neutral contrast, Señor Tequilas has wood-grained walls and is highlighted by a bar with a high-gloss finish. While fitting that a place named after a liquor has a bar as its focal point, the classic enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas that emerge from the kitchen remind guests that it’s also an ideal spot to see piñatas eating in their natural habitat.
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
Pendant lamps ensconced in sleek chrome or zebra-striped shades cast a soft glow across Sushi Thai, where blue walls offset the colorful fish fillets within the glass sushi case. Sushi chefs slice tuna tartare and coil specialty rolls behind the sushi bar as cooks in the kitchen prepare a menu of Thai fusion and sushi dishes such as pad thai with beef, udon noodles with chicken, and spicy Thai-style fried rice with chilies and basil. To complement these meals, guests can choose from an extensive drink menu brimming with wines and sakes.
Inside the kitchen at Kingy's Pizza Pub, cooks craft handmade pizzas culled from fresh dough, slather housemade barbecue sauce onto slow-roasted ribs, and pour frosty glasses of draft beer. Kingy's pizza chefs and barbecue gurus have loaded their mantelpieces with prizes, including second place in the Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest, People's Choice for best sauce at the Pickering Lions Club 2011 Pizza Challenge, and a Pulitzer Prize for being well-groomed. In addition to nibbling on nearby trophies, guests can chow down on hearty burgers after sharing baskets of boneless wings, tangy fried pickle spears, and cheese-covered fries.