I first heard about Bowlero when they sent us a press release several months back. Me being a bowler myself, I was immediately interested and could not wait to check it out. Bowlero refers to itself as a sports and dining experience that’s born of the past and sent from the future. I would completely agree with that description. Its vintage and rustic décor has a modern twist that this Texas girl fell in love with upon entering as I laid eyes on the repurposed and refurbished Airstream trailer that was being used to serve milkshakes. The next thing that sent my heart racing in this 45,000 sq. ft. fun factory was the cool tricked out, glow-in-the-dark lanes. The technology in this place is just over the top, but in a completely good way. They are ready for the weekend bowlers, family fun, business meetings with a twist, and everything in between.
Now don’t think if they’ve taken the time to deck this place out with great little nostalgic and vintage touches, like having one of their many bars made from the back of an old Chevy truck (Tailgate Bar), or having repurposed ski-lifts serving as swings for sitting, that they are going to be serving basic and boring bowling alley food. The menu by Bowlero’s executive chef Edward Porter is made up of down-home cooking with a culinary twist. I must say this food was really good and unlike anything I’m accustomed to seeing or getting from a bowling alley; this is from a taste perspective, quality of ingredients, presentation, and overall menu selection. A few of the menu stand-outs for me were:
- The Untamed Tacos – Served on tortilla shells that are made in-house daily, you can get Korean Brisket with pickled onions (my favorite), Blackened Tilapia with ancho chipotle sauce, or Mango Chipotle What-The-Cluck with mango habanero salsa & cilantro.
- Glazed Crodo Minis – Okay, this very simple menu item of glazed croissant-donuts sent me spiraling out of control!!! My goal was to just grab about 2 or 3 to taste, since they are small and basically have the appearance of a donut hole. However, these airy nuggets of yum leave donut holes sitting on the sideline crying like a baby and wondering when they can comeback into the game. I found myself eating them by the hand fulls and in true food lovers form I had no shame.
Let me also not forget to mention their “Go Crazy” menu or what I like to refer to as their “Everything Is Bigger In Texas” menu. This menu was designed and created with true food enthusiasts in mind. It features a 2-foot Coney Island hot dog, the not-for-the-faint-of-heart Lava Wings and the 5 lb. Behemoth Burger. To my surprise the burger was very good, and I even brought some home for the next day.
Bowlero – The Woodlands
27000 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77385