Like most people, you’re probably ready to break out of theÂ house after being stuck inside by all the recentÂ blasts of winter. SoÂ when you do finally venture out, make your expedition a great one by heading to Pinstack BowlÂ in Plano.
Pinstack Bowl recently opened itsÂ new Plano location, adding another great “multi-tainment” venue in the DFW. Much like otherÂ popular bowling and activity centers, Pinstack offers a multitude of activities for children and adults alike. From the huge nostalgic games (giant Connect Four, Pac-Man and a giant claw crane game)Â to the challenging suspended ropes course to the many lanes for bowling, Pinstack Bowl can definitely help youÂ break yourÂ cabin fever.
And more importantly (at least in the eyes and stomach of this food-lover), Pinstack Bowl has your dinner plans covered, too. I recently had the pleasure of sampling some of their menu.
Growing up in a small town, food options were very limited. One local fast-food joint did nearly everything wrong, except for their fried macaroni and cheese. Pinstack took this brilliant idea and classed it up a bit with their fried Macaroni and Cheese Pops served with a homemade tomato basilÂ sauce.
If happiness on a stick is not quite what you’re looking for, you can also try the healthier shareable options including a trioÂ of hummus â€” avocado, roasted garlic, and roasted red pepper â€”Â served with fresh veggie sticks and pita bread.
On the lighter side:
The salads are another option if you’re still sticking to the healthy route. WeÂ sampledÂ the Autumn Harvest Salad with apples, feta, dried cranberries and a nice Dijon vinaigretteÂ dressing.
If you want to really fuel up before or afterÂ an intense game of laser tag or a jewelry-heist-style laser course, Pinstack will supply you with pizzas, steaks, burgers and much more. My guest and I ordered two different entrÃ©es and split them. The West Plano Burger was topped with a generous amount of caramelized onions, Gorgonzola, and a roasted garlic aioli. It was delicious, just remember to pack some gum for later.
We also ordered the Grilled Salmon Filet served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes andÂ a lemon caper butter. Moist and buttery on the inside with just the right amount of crisp from finishing it under the broiler on the outside.Â Coming from a seafood lover, this “bowling alley” definitely gets it right.
If after all your playing you crave somethingÂ sweet, don’t miss out on the great dessert options like the red velvet cake and other varietiesÂ at the dessert bar.
And speaking of a bar, Pinstack has a great one with friendly bartenders and a vast selection of local craft beers, specialty cocktails and wines from the casks.
So when you’re thinking about what to do when you can’t binge another Netflix show or watch Frozen for the 20th time, head up the Dallas North Tollway to Pinstack Bowl.
*Lunch was complementary, and thoughts and quips are my own.