Lefty’s Has Marvelous Food and Drink, With or Without Bowling Shoes!
There’s a really excellent new restaurant in town, but too few people have discovered it, thinking it’s a bowling alley snack bar. I assure you, Lefty’s is not your father’s 10-pin snack bar!
While it’s true that there is a bowling alley in the building (more about that later) along with laser tag and an arcade, make no mistake, Lefty’s Alley and Eats might more properly be called Lefty’s contemporary restaurant, and oh yeah, you can bowl there.
We had a party of four, so we got to sample a lot of the food—all of which was inventive and delicious under the direction of Chef Tom. It was house made pasta night, with lasagna, a hearty red sauce and a perfect companion salad, the Southwestern Cobb.
Lefty’s signature sandwich is the Drunken Grilled Cheese— deadly good! It’s a mélange of cheeses—swiss, gruyere, pepper jack, cheddar, the works, with bacon, tomato, crispy onions and a whiskey bourbon sauce. Oh my!
While the kitchen is totally accommodating for any changes, special requests, etc., the only selection they ask you not to change is this Drunken Grilled Cheese sandwich. It’s a remarkable balance of flavors.
We also sampled the turkey burger, absolutely the moistest turkey patty I have ever tasted, beautifully seasoned and simply wonderful. And I’m not even a turkey burger kind of gal. The beef Big Boy Burger came on a brioche roll, stacked high with cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, mushrooms, crispy onions, and a barbecue sauce.
We were also able to taste a delectable white pizza, loaded with veggies (excellent crust, by the way) and the towering Chipotle Chicken Nachos, great for sharing, with an entire army. The fish and chips offered lightly battered white fish and crispy fries. The food is fresh, creative, and worthy of a dining experience with or without sporting events.
Of course, Lefty’s has a full bar, including specialty martinis, an excellent selection of wine and beer, and all other things that go with a fun night out. We had martinis to start, but when dessert rolled around we were verging on a food coma. Never mind, we forced ourselves to sample the super moist and yummy Samoan devils food cake with caramel cream frosting. Oh my! All the desserts are made in-house by Alexis and are enough to share.
The final straw, which came without an actual straw, was the Espresso martini. That’s my kind of dessert for sure. I know I will be back to Lefty’s for that delicacy before or after movies at Midway or the Cinema Art House. Lefty is nearby those venues and the perfect choice for dinner, then theatre.
In fact, Lefty’s is the perfect place to come to for a before or after theatre visit, or a happy hour or a cocktail after the show. The seating is comfortable and it’s a great place to gather with friends after a film to imbibe, discuss and relax.
Yes, there is bowling in the background. I would like to tell you how well we did on the lanes after dinner, but alas, my claim to fame is that I broke 40. Bonnie, on the other hand rocked!
From there, perhaps unwisely, we played laser tag. What a blast! It was only the four of us old lesbians running around with plastic machine guns, wearing blinking vests and hiding from each other throughout the enormous colorful playing field. We hid behind corner barriers, ran upstairs to become snipers, and pretty much laughed ourselves silly. After a while, we were so exhausted we just stood together taking turns shooting each other. Next time, laser tag first, dinner second!
So overall, we had a marvelous evening at Lefty’s Alley and Eats. And besides the fun and games, our favorite discovery was Lefty’s culinary offerings. Even without it’s signature sports, Lefty’s is a restaurant worthy of review, return visits, and notoriety. For me, it’s Lefty’s Eats and Alley. Check it out. So great to have this casual cuisine in the ‘hood!