Several members of the DFW media and I were invited to Pinstack to taste a few items on the new seasonal menu, and were also lucky to receive a personal tour. The entertainment complex in Plano, which opened earlier this year, is packed with various options for a super fun time. Not only do they provide several bowling lanes along with a couple of areas for private parties, there is also a giant game floor filled with a variety of video and simulator games, a two-story laser tag arena and many other ideas to entertain the entire family.
Starting off with cocktails in the bar area, we admired the large, inviting dining room with a floor-to-ceiling display wall of wine and a full bar, sure to provide something for everyone. The bar offers beer and wine flights if you prefer variety in your life. We enjoyed a couple of the specialty drinks.
Room 299: Vodka, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Raspberries
The Spaniard Sour: Tequila, Jalapeno Infused Licor 43, Fresh Lime Juice
The party platter is sure to please the appetites of any large party. There are many tasty bites to choose from, and this platter is a nice mix if you can’t agree on just one appetizer. The signature fried macaroni & cheese pops are definitely a sinful treat to try (but so worth it!). These fried balls of goodness are perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Everyone appreciates a good cheese board. Am I right? I LOVE cheese boards as a meal. Pinstack provides an Artisan Meat & Cheese Board with the chef’s selection of meats and cheeses that changes daily. On my particular board, there was a variety of items such as: proscuitto, pepperoni, smoked gouda, goat cheese balls rolled in red pepper flakes. The goat cheese balls give a little kick in the back of your throat, but they’re really tasty.
The new menu consists of various bites such as burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. We were presented with a Stack Mac Burger to try out, which is made with their signature beef burger, fried mac n cheese and tomato basil sauce. The flavors were surprisingly delicious. We also tasted the Blackened Mahi Mahi entrée. I’m not a huge fan of fish, but it was such a pretty presentation…I just had to taste it. I really enjoyed the texture and flavor of the fish, and the pineapple pico on top was a delightful addition.
After tasting and touring, we were offered complimentary game cards to stay and experience the game floor. How can you walk away from the opportunity for fun?! We stayed. We played. We had a blast! (Thanks a bunch, Pinstack! You rock!) I appreciate the availability of group games like Pac Man and Air Hockey for up to four players. This adds to the fun, so you can actually play with more friends and family. I highly recommend Pac Man, especially if you’re a nerd like me. It’s not just your same old game from childhood. It’s better. Trust me. Get your game face on, folks.
Every Thursday and Friday evening, Pinstack hosts Patio Sessions on the spacious patio. If you enjoy live music and great food, you’ll be set.
Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $1 off draft beers, $5 house wines and margaritas.
New to Pinstack is Bowl and Bite Night, and the occasion takes place every Monday from 4 p.m. to close. Every Monday evening, guests who bowl will have the opportunity to order any of Pinstack’s appetizers for half price and draft beers for $3. Appetizers include Signature Macaroni & Cheese Pops, Artisan Meat & Cheese Board, Sliders and more.
Pinstack is located at 6205 Dallas Parkway in Plano (on the west side of Tollway between Spring Creek Parkway & Parker). A Fort Worth location is planned to open in 2016.
(Disclaimer: The menu sampling and game cards were complimentary. All thoughts are my own.)