From the vantage point of an overstuffed sofa, bowlers can comfortably watch as their team members and opponents compete inside Eastway Bowl. In addition to luxurious seating arrangements, each of its 32 lanes features a ceiling-mounted 32-inch LCD monitor and a coffee table that can cradle specialties from the Eastway Sports Lounge and Grille. Visitors can dine lane-side on breaded cod fillet or jumbo hot dogs, or peruse menus in the lounge. Seven high-definition television screens surround the dining area, broadcasting highly anticipated sports games and television coverage of children chasing sugar-cereal mascots.
It’s hard to tell what Poppadox Pub’s nightly crowd is cheering for at any given moment. Their shouts of applause may be directed toward the sports teams scoring goals or touchdowns on the televisions that surround the pub. Then again, they may be exultations of joy upon tasting slices of specialty pizza or buffalo wings doused in one of a dozen distinct sauces. Plenty of draft beers and well drinks keep the mood buoyant throughout the night, even when someone accidentally switches the channel from C-SPAN during the weekly congressional wrestling match.
At Sports Zone, the reverberating echoes of supportive cheers and spirited conversation team up with a fully stocked menu of succulent burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. Tackle pangs with a Zone burger, a juicy half-pound patty fresh off the grates of a flame grill, or corral a texas burger, stacked with crispy bacon, monterey jack cheese, and a glistening onion-ring crown. Like Jerry Rice gracefully catching a purse-snatching seagull, dining pairs can snag sandwiches such as the thai chicken, which sends hunks of breaded chicken, thai chili sauce, and flecks of garlic waltzing across taste-bud goal lines. Tightly packed wraps sidle up next to crispy tortilla chips and salsa, whereas cheeseburger sliders require one-handed transportation, leaving free hands open for high-fiving. To chase savory bites, sodas or tap beers volunteer refreshing swigs, and TVs pour views from various sports games into equally thirsty eyes.
Burgers, beer, and sports. The three pillars of Champps Americana were sunk into U.S. soil more than two decades ago, during the restaurant's modest beginnings with a single location in Minneapolis. Today, Champps allows fans across the country to create new memories of cheering on their favorite team while enjoying cool draft beers and Herculean bites from a made-from-scratch burger. Big-screen TVs outfit the walls of each Champps location to create a high-five-friendly atmosphere whether it's game day or Arbor Day, and an ever-growing list of beers and cocktails keeps pipes primed for cheering.
Servers at kRav'N ferry hearty helpings of American comfort cuisine to wooden tables and padded booths alongside beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Pluck classic finger foods such as chicken strips ($7) and beer-battered onion rings ($6.50) from the pages of the menu, or let taste buds high-five burgers such as the cheesy Mushroom Swiss ($8.50). Or, outline play diagrams in ranch dressing on buffalo chicken pizzas ($10 for a 10"; $14 for a 14") as Monday Night Football plays on wall-mounted TVs.
Hosted on the lush estate of South Dakota’s first winery, Valiant Vineyards, The Great Dakota Wine Festival immerses attendees in the region’s sundry flavors. A two-day schedule of feasting and festivities takes place beside the tranquil waters of the Vermillion River, with crowds enjoying live music, cuisine, and demonstrations on how to navigate a waterfall in a barrel. Upon entry, visitors receive a punch card worth 10 samplings, allowing them to savor the mellow fruits of merlot, the oak-tinged sweetness of chardonnay, and the horrified stares of fellow attendees upon the creation of a merlot-donnay. Guests can also remove their foot coverings and sink into a barrel of squishiness at the grape-stomping booth. Cooking demonstrations impart nuggets of culinary know-how, and the amateur winemaking contest shines light on the beverage artisans of tomorrow. Each guest also receives a souvenir wineglass for at-home imbibing.