"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.
One of the most common bowling game interrupters is the human need to ingest food, a dilemma Country Club Lanes
solves by serving savory snacks and crisp beverages inside their bowling facility. Chili fries drizzled with cheese, 6-ounce hamburgers, and slices of pepperoni pizza spring forth from the snack bar to fuel players caught up in high-scoring games and documentarians chronicling their search for the 11th pin. Postbowling celebrations kick off in the Showtime Lounge, where revelers start games of billiards and darts while sipping on a selection of draft brews, including Yuengling, Fat Tire, and Budweiser.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Those in a rush are better off dining here during the week, as the restaurant draws a crowd during the weekend.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's Madison Avenue location offers nearby street parking.
AMF Mardi Gras Lanes offers various parking options, including bike parking.
For some good old fashioned fun, Sacramento Women's Bowling in Sacramento offers a bowling scene that suits both pros and families.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.