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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Bowling Alleys With Foodie Food

January 27, 2014 10:22 AM

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(credit: The Nook Website)

(credit: The Nook Website)

It is quite possible, Minneapolis and St. Paul are the capitol of “Good Food Plus Bowling” joints in America (sorry Wisconsin, it’s true). Now would be the perfect time to celebrate the indoor sports, thank you very much Polar Vortex. Dust off your bowling shoes. Dude, you know you have them. If the temp can’t get close to 100 maybe your bowling games can. Dara celebrates the official indoor winter sport in the Twin Cities with her top Bowling Alleys with Foodie Food!

(credit: Pinstripes Facebook Page)

(credit: Pinstripes Facebook Page)

Pinstripes
3849 Gallagher Dr.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 835-6440
pinstripes.com

First on the list is a deluxe, fancy chain, Pinstripes. On the weekends, they put on a $20 all-you-can-eat buffet (kids are $12) that makes you feel like you’re eating on a cruise ship. Better than going crazy in the house? Yes. They have bowling with all the video screens and fancy gadgets plus bocce ball, plenty of video games and more. The food is good and even if the bowling and games are a little pricey, a good time is guaranteed.

(credit: Elsie's Facebook Page)

(credit: Elsie’s Facebook Page)

Elsie’s in Northeast
729 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-9701
elsies.com

A “Nordeast” classic, Elsie’s is like a Supper Club that happens to have a bowling alley. Who doesn’t like a nice 23 oz. Prime Rib? After eating that, you can’t play basketball. But, you can bowl! It’s a fun place, very community-minded, friendly for the kids and a old-school throwback on the north side of downtown Minneapolis!

(credit: Park Tavern Facebook Page)

(credit: Park Tavern Facebook Page)

Park Tavern
3401 Louisiana Ave So.
St Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 929-6810
www.parktavern.net

You get the 60′s vintage decor, the solid BBQ and wings, and it’s very friendly even if it feels like you stepped back in time. There are plenty of bowling lanes but you’ll have to battle a lot of kids on the weekends and the older, party kids at night. But the food makes it worth it. Really good burgers and lots of options from both bars will keep you rolling through the frames at the “PT”!

(credit: Bryant Lake Bowl Facebook Page)

(credit: Bryant Lake Bowl Facebook Page)

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
(612) 825-3737
bryantlakebowl.com

Not just for hipsters, let us not forget about Bryant Lake Bowl. A 1930′s era alley that they’ve really done a good job of preserving (mechanical setters anyone?), Bryant Lake delivers with the food too. The food is sourced from local farms plus lots of Gluten-Free and vegetarian options make it friendly for anyone looking for a delicious meal with their bowling. They have the largest selection of Belgian Beers in town and Dara loves their burger. Make this Lake Street classic a stop next time you are heading out for a few games!

(credit: Town Hall Lanes Facebook Page)

(credit: Town Hall Lanes Facebook Page)

Town Hall Lanes
5019 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 767-3354
townhalllanes.com/

The newest one on the list is Town Hall Lanes. Down by Lake Nokomis is a beautiful alley that is terrifically restored, serves up great bar food, a fabulous beer selection including their own brews, and makes you feel like you’ve really stepped into a special place. It just feels like a Hollywood set. Enjoy bowling at it’s best at Town Hall!

(credit: The Nook Website)

(credit: The Nook Website)

Ranham – the Nook
490 Hamline Ave S.
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-0252
www.crnook.com

Number one was pretty easy. Ranham is the bowling alley in the basement of the Nook. Haven’t heard of the Nook? The burgers are legendary. Being featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” is just one of the many accolades given to the St. Paul home of the Juicy Lucy (ok, the Juicy Nookie). Most people eat there without realizing there’s a bowling alley downstairs too! Beware, the Nook is flat-out busy. And for good reason. You may not eat a better burger. The bowling can come in second here, happily we’ll add. So maybe the next time school is cancelled because of the weather you can pack up and head to the Nook. Bowling and burgers that can’t be topped! Except by the little Irish Flag that is.

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