After a hiatus over the holidays and some traveling, Chritiques is back – and just in time to talk about a fun new spot, perfect for cold weather activities! Until recently, I associated bowling alleys with greasy pizza, cheap beer, and cookie-cutter decor. Now, however, a number of establishments are re-thinking, and re-designing the bowling experience, and are making it more memorable, with better food, and a fun, lively atmosphere.
After being a mainstay around Boston since 2002, Kings Bowl recently opened in the newly developed New City lifestyle center in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. My husband and I visited on a cold and blustery Sunday, for some friendly competition on the lanes, and for what turned out to be a surprisingly excellent lunch. I was impressed by the upbeat atmosphere and warm ambiance of the space. My husband was happy that the NFL games were being played on the screens above the lanes!
After a fun game of bowling (I won, by the way), we sat at the bar to enjoy a relaxing lunch, while watching football, the other bowlers, and to take in the upscale, retro-inspired decor, complete with photographs of various celebrities who have visited the Kings locations since opening. Max and Leo’s Artisan Pizza is located at the front of the Kings Bowl, and the coal-fired pizzas are available within Kings, as well.
My husband was immediately drawn to the Chicken Wings, with four different preparations. He chose the Honey BBQ iteration, and loved them.
I was intrigued by the Cucumber & Feta Rolls, but was skeptical of something healthy at a bowling alley. After receiving assurance from our thoughtful server, I ordered them and was quite impressed by the taste and freshness. Thinly sliced cucumber was wrapped around feta, Greek yogurt, sun-dried tomatoes, dill and olives, and were served atop a bed of refreshing Tzatziki sauce.
After being sold on the House Smoked Baby Back Ribs from our server and the manager, my husband ordered a full slab, which was also served with perfectly golden and crispy fries, coleslaw, and griddled cornbread. While not the best ribs he has had, he did enjoy them and had plenty to bring home to enjoy the next day.
I opted to be a bit more healthy, and ordered the Mixed Green Salad, and added grilled shrimp and avocado. the shrimp were cooked perfectly, and it was the perfect light lunch.
We had a great time at Kings, and would definitely return for more bowling, fun, and good food. Kings is a perfect spot to host a party, to have a meal and watch the game, or even for corporate events. Kings is open seven days a week, and lane reservations are accepted.
1500 Clybourn Avenue, Suite C102, Chicago, IL 60610
While our bowling and meals were complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.