Three consistencies exist at every bowling alley — finding the perfect size and weight bowling ball is near impossible, you’ll be jealous of the children who get to use the bumpers (it’s unfair that there is an age limit!), and the food is delicious.
Most patrons might not go bowling for the grub alone, but the enticing aroma of fried appetizers and subtle sizzle of savory burgers on the grill are crucial aspects of the bowling alley atmosphere. Whether you’re scoring a strike or lamenting a gutter ball, be sure to grab a bite to eat at the three alleys we visited this week.
AMF Arc Lanes
4901 Monroe Ave.
4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday
1 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday
AMF has a full snack bar offering appetizers, shareables, burgers, and sandwiches. We tried the Alley Sampler for $23.79. A pile of cheesy breadsticks, French fries, hot wings, mozzarella sticks, chicken strips, and sauces to go with each item.
1801 W. Franklin St.
3 p.m. – Close Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
11 a.m. – Close Wednesday
9 a.m. – Close Thursday and Saturday
2 p.m. – Close Sunday
Go back in time with Franklin Lanes’ retro design and dining area. We ordered a classic cheeseburger with all the fixings and waffle fries for $8.75.
River City Recreation — Legends
1050 S. Weinbach Ave.
8:30 a.m. – Noon; 2:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday & Tuesday
Noon – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday
Noon – 10 p.m. Thursday
Noon – Midnight Friday
9 a.m. – Midnight Saturday
Noon – 9 p.m. Sunday
Eating at River City Recreation is a unique experience. Visitors under 21 years old can order through the snack bar window tucked into a private corner, but legal drinkers can leave the alley through a connecting door and enter Legends Bar. We sat at the bar and ordered the hearty Club Italiano Sandwich with ham, pepperoni, lettuce, tomato, mayo, Italian dressing on a garlic buttered hoagie and French fries and coleslaw (for an extra $3.00) for $6.25.