After primitive hamburgers evolved sesame-spiked buns and a camouflage of pickles and lettuce, predators evolved long-handled spatulas and covered grills to catch their wily prey. Stay on top of the food pyramid with today's Groupon: for $9, you get two burger entrees with fries at The Park Tavern Bowling and Entertainment Center (up to a $23.50 value).
Serving the area for more than 50 years, The Park Tavern provides savory American fare in a fun-filled dining environment. Chefs hand-pat each of their half-pound beef patties, tenderly tend to grilling, nestle them into crisp buns, and heap on assorted vegetables, cheeses, and sauces for a succulent stack of flavor. Specialty burgers include the stuffed variety, with patties filled with toppings to infuse meat with extra flavor, keep bread tidy, and hide toppings from roguish food bandits. To deconstruct the flavors of the Louisiana burger ($7.50), diners sink teeth through a ciabatta bun to the crunchy breaded burger and its core of gooey parmesan cheese and green and red peppers. An Irish twist on an all-American favorite, the Guinness burger ($7.95) sandwiches Guinness-marinated beef between potato pancakes and tops the lot with welsh cheese sauce.
During warmer months, Park Tavern's outdoor patio blooms with blue-striped umbrellas, and in inclement weather the dining room seats patrons at warm wooden tables beneath an array of glowing televisions. Though not included in the deal, Park Tavern's bowling makes excellent post-dining entertainment that's as all-American as burgers, fries, and star-spangled suspenders.
The Park Tavern
Over the last 50 years, The Park Tavern has perfected the convivial trifecta of eating, drinking, and bowling. A menu of gourmet burgers and traditional pub fare mingles with a drink menu of domestic and imported beers and wines for between-frame refueling. On Mondays, the alley fills with high-energy tunes, and bowling balls careen all night during the $5 all-you-can-bowl nights. The Park Tavern rolls out its varied bowling buffets for corporate events, birthday parties, or the anniversary of the end of bowling prohibition during the Nixon administration.