November 2012 - Dining and Bowling - Not What You Think

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You're going to get hungry when you're on a road trip, so why not make a pit stop where you can stretch your muscles and have a meal at the same time? It sure will make the kids happy too. Dining in bowling alleys is way beyond pizza these days. On I-95, we have found not only retro lanes, but also the future of bowling alleys, including a redefinition of family fun combined with delicious dining. So be sure to read about Latitude 30 in Jacksonville, FL (#6 below) and Village12/Splittsville in Fredericksburg, VA (#2).

FL -

Bowling and Top Sirloin

VA - Bowling and Sushi
GA - Bowling and Lemon Pepper Tilapia
CT - Bowling and Irish Nachos
DE -
Bowling and Roast Beef Platter
FL - Bowling and Sesame Crusted Teriyaki Calamari with Citrus Wasabi Aioli

FL - Bowling and Top Sirloin

FL Exit 121: Superplay USA - With new state-of-the-art bowling lanes, laser tag, miniature golf, batting cages, a NASCAR Simulator and 45 arcade games (with redemption tickets), this is a must stop for kids of all ages. Way beyond the usual arcade grub - there's Duffy's Sports Grille, where you can get everything from a top sirloin steak to a mahi mahi sandwich, Caribbean jerk chicken, shrimp scampi, coconut crusted Dolphin fingers, a veggie burger or a dozen salads, and then you can scoot next door to Mel's Sweet Shop for an ice cream dessert. 1600 NW Courtyard Circle, Port St Lucie. Tel: 772-408-5800.

VA - Bowling and Sushi

VA Exit 126: Village12/Splitsville - The Splitsville half of this building has 16 new luxury bowling lanes with dining possibilities ranging from sushi to 7 kinds of sliders (the filet one is topped with horseradish cream and fried onions), edamame, firehouse pizza with honey wheat crust, BBQ chicken chopped salad and voodoo shrimp.

Go around the corner to the private entrance to this refined grown-up movie theater, offering a chance to have dinner or drinks in the lounge and then watch a movie in comfy leather couple seating seats in an adult atmosphere. There's 12 more screens too, and an arcade. 51 Towne Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg. Tel: 540-785-BOWL (2695).

GA - Bowling and Lemon Pepper Tilapia

GA Exit 38: Strike Zone - Bowling came back, so this is a fairly new colorful bowling alley. Wednesday is the bargain day, at only $1.50 a game, and on Thursday evenings from 6pm on it's all-you-can-bowl for $10. You can also play pool or enjoy the amusement arcade. If you're hungry, it's attached to a Denny's where you can scoff down lemon pepper tilapia, country fried steak and eggs, Brooklyn spaghetti and meatballs, banana pecan French toast, pot roast, avocado chicken caesar or all you can eat pancakes for $4. 380 Millennium Blvd., Brunswick. Tel: 912-265-6600.

CT - Bowling and Irish Nachos

CT Exit 86: Spare Time - For over 45 years, families have been enjoying wholesome fun bowling here on 32 lanes. Stop for a nice break for as little as $1.99 a game on Sunday morn, or the kids might just play in the arcade. Friday and Saturday starting at 11:30 pm, they offer up Galactic Bowling, when the whole joint is bathed in black light. Their City Sports Grille (13 screens) menu has pizza, mac'n cheese bites, Irish Nachos (fries, bacon, tomato, cheese, jalapenos), burgers or Philly cheese steak, and you can wash it all down with a mug of root beer. 27 King's Highway, Groton. Tel: 860-445-6500.

DE - Bowling and Roast Beef Platter

DE Exit to Rte 9 New Castle: Bowlerama - Open for over 50 years, this fun spot has 62 lanes for your bowling pleasure, even glow-in-the dark bowling. Ask about weekend or weekday specials (like: 2 hours bowling, 4 pairs shoes, pizza and pepsi for $59.95). Take a break, bowl, play in the Kids Zone and win redemption tickets. Have lunch in the Kegler's Pub and Sports Bar or Spare Rib (roast beef platter, Italian salad, Philly steak, 1/2 lb burgers, crab cakes) and then end with dessert at Dunkin Donuts. 3031 New Castle Ave.  Tel: 302-654-0263 or 302-654-0704.

FL - Sesame Crusted Teriyaki Calamari, Citrus Wasabi Aioli

FL Exit 339: Latitude 30 - If you just couldn't decide what to do tonight - go out to a restaurant, grab a pizza, go bowling, watch a movie, take the kids to an arcade, catch a sporting event or enjoy a comedy show - you don't have to choose; just head for Latitude 30. You can dine deliciously in the 360 Grille, for food comes first here, or in any of the above while you enjoy your entertainment. Noise level is high, so babies can cry and the kids don't have to be quiet or sit still while you finish eating - this is the future of family dining.

The sports theater displays 19 screens, the pizza chef is stretching and tossing dough by the brick oven, the cocktail area is buzzing, the arcade is dinging (prizes right up to an iPad), bowling balls are crashing in the 20 lanes (comfy couches) while their 9 screens are showing sporting events, so you don't miss anything (football AND bowling), or you can escape into one of the 2 movie theaters.

If that wasn't enough action, there's live music Thursday to Saturday nights. You can just sit and watch it all while you have a tiramisu martini or 40 brands of beer, and then chow into: a prime rib kabob with creamy horse radish sauce, quesadilla, lettuce wrapped Asian chicken in peanut ginger sauce, sesame crusted teriyaki calamari with citrus wasabi aioli, steak and blue cheese in flat bread, shrimp po'boy, chicken salad with cherries and pecans or blackened mahi mahi, or just build your own burger.

Dinner entree salads can be made with flat iron steak or blackened ahi, there's a chopped cobb salad, lobster mac'n cheese, veal pot roast, Guinness fish and chips, bacon wrapped scallops and we loved the homemade potato chips. Southern red velvet cake and bread pudding can finish it off for you. You will need to take advantage of the free valet parking - the lot is packed. 10370 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. Tel: 904-365-5555.

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