In 1998, the clack of billiards balls met the clink of cold beers at the first Fast Eddie’s Sports Tavern and Social Clubs in Amarillo. Since then, 17 more Fast Eddie's locations have sprung up across Texas and Louisiana, each letting guests sink corner shots at 8- and 9-foot Olhausen pool tables while sharing a few drinks and snacks such as deep-fried hot dogs. Beyond the felt, home runs and touchdowns play out on multiple big-screen TVs as darts fly into targets and foosball tables re-create the exciting theatrics of gymnasts struggling to play soccer.
A name like Bread Winners likely conjures up images of fresh loaves of whole grain, cinnamon raisin, and banana nut bread. But bread isn't all this bakery whips up from scratch every day. On any given visit, guests are likely to find blackberry streusel or double chocolate muffins, key lime or peanut butter crunch bars, and other fresh-from-the oven treats like cream cheese rolls, apple streusel coffee cake, and individual caramel cinnamon raisin bread puddings. And that's just the beginning. In fact, Bread Winners serves a full menu of American comfort food morning, noon, and night—but it’s best known for its brunch which landed on Culture Map Dallas’s top 10. Bread Winners has four locations around Dallas, but the original Uptown location conveniently lives right next to sister business, The Quarter Bar. So start early with a mimosa or Bloody Mary alongside bananas foster waffles, an egg scramble, or a fresh fruit Danish, and then head next door after hours on a full stomach. Or reverse the order, and head to the bakery after a few rounds, where the list of more than 100 types of cakes, cheesecakes, cookie bars, and brownies awaits to soak up alcohol more readily than a heartbroken paper towel.
Landscaped holes sprawl across the grounds of Putt-Putt Fun Center's three locations, challenging visitors to take hold of putters and test their short game. Besides putt-putt golf, the center has batting cages that hurl baseballs and the occasional tomato at various speeds. The attractions at Alley Cats Entertainment Center, include kid-friendly laser tag, rock-climbing, and an arcade, as well as a bar with billiards for the grown-ups. Both locations are home to giant arcades featuring state-of-the-art games and redemption centers to cash in tickets for prizes.
Specials and parties are offered year-round including summer camps, which are offered through Alley Cats and Putt-Putt Fun Center's multiple locations. At camps, kids ages 5 to 13 experience daily themes in a classroom setting from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., from June 9 through August 22. All facilities are fully licensed for daycare and activities include days such as magic day, where children are taught tricks by a professional magician.
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Pro Tip: Make sure children have socks so that they can enjoy the inflatables.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Bounce houses
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
After having children of my own, I discovered how difficult it can be to find a nice, secure place for them to play and release some energy. Seeing the faces of the kids light up when they enter the inflatable room is the best part of this job. They enter the facility thinking it is just another business?until they see the inflatables and that's when the excitement begins.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We have an indoor inflatable room where kids can run around and have some fun without being outside in the heat.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Arcade room is also part of the weekday play, and it doesn't require coins. On weekdays only, unlimited play runs Monday?Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids also receive a drink and a snack with their entrance during these times. Weekends are reserved for private parties.
A flat-screen TV casts its photons upon leather couches that would make clouds jealous with their fluffiness. A coffee table anchors the spot, and it's only a small corner of the bar and grill. Beyond this bastion of basement-like coziness, Sharky's Bar & Grill houses more high-definition big screens, nine pool tables just waiting for the next bold belly flop, and those two other classic crowd-pleasers: food and drink. The kitchen staff prepares pub fare such as burgers, brats, and pizza. They also serve frosty beverages on the brand-new patio or invite guests to play bar games such as darts, NTN trivia, poker, and shuffleboard. Professional hockey-, football-, baseball-, and soccer-watching parties occupy Sharky's busy events calendar nearly every weekday, while weekly karaoke and pool nights let patrons show off their singing skills or well-honed eye-hand coordination.