If you asked me to name food-centric entertainment concepts rolling out new red carpets in our fair nation, "bowling" wouldn't top the list. I've never been to a bowling alley built after my birth date, and food at a bowling alley? Spare me. But apparently I've been bowling at all the wrong places (or, as the case may be, not bowling at all).
Like its counterparts across the country, the Lucky Strike Lanes that opened tonight in Bellevue is taking the old out of bowling. Lucky's retro-chic interior looks ready for third-generation Jetsons - sixteen fancy lanes with automatic scoring (damn! so much harder to cheat!), plasma televisions everywhere, two fancy bars (with drinks like "The Dude's White Russian") and what appears to be a pretty good menu.
Yup, the small plates wave has crashed here. Can't wait to slip my greasy digits into a bowling ball (sorry sir, it slipped!) after finishing off a nice plate of bite-sized mac and cheese balls, or Lucky Strike's "signature dish": tomato and mozzarella s'mores (clever moniker for grilled caprese sandwiches). Lucky Strike's executive chef (executive chef! a bowling alley with an executive chef!), Bill Starbuck, will also serve up pizzas, burgers, salads and sandwiches.
Still, it makes me wonder if there's a special machine to clean the little finger holes. Otherwise, wouldn't they get moldy?
Lucky Strike Lanes (at Lincoln Square), 700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 250, (425) 453-5137. BELLEVUE
Open daily 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.