Friday, September 28, 2012

Blue Ribbon at Brooklyn Bowl

My friends know if you want to get me to bowl, entice me with food.  Yup, I'm that kind of piggy:  *Gutterball Queen*Will bowl for food*.  Fortunately they can kill two birds with one stone at Brooklyn Bowl, where they serve up food by the esteemed Blue Ribbon!  Blue Ribbon has various restaurants in NYC and Brooklyn, but this truly unique location allows you to bowl, booze, stuff your face, and listen to live music all at the same time.  I was shocked that bowling alley food could be this good; where have you been all my life??

@Brooklyn Bowl
If you're going to bowl it tends to gets crowded at night, especially on Friday and Saturday, so be sure to get there on the earlier side.  Even if you have to wait a bit for a lane, hang out at the bar where they have a nice assortment of beers on tap.  There is a small dining area with a few tables separate from the bowling lanes, but you can also pump it up a notch and order off the full menu while bowling!

Since I have zero bowling knowledge to impart on you (unless you'd like to hear how I rock out the granny bowl-style!), let's dive right into the food.  Here are a few dishes I've ordered during my visits:

The Roasted Adobo Corn is deliciously loaded with queso fresco, chipotle butter and served with lime wedges on the side.  I found myself rolling the corn in the cheese and butter left on the plate.  

Roasted Adobo Corn
The San Gennaro French Bread Pizza was hearty and topped with sausage, mozzarella and peppers.  It was good but not my favorite.  The flavors weren't unique and it was too much bread for my taste.  If you're with a group and looking for a filler appetizer good for sharing, this will work well for you.  
San Gennaro French Bread Pizza

Pork Rinds were a great little snack to munch on.  They top it with cilantro, jalapeños, red onions and queso fresco.  A little heat, a little salty = winning combination!

Pork Rinds [photo courtesy of Huffington Post]

And finally, my absolute hands-down favorite thing to get... the dish that keeps me bowling... Fried Chicken!  It was even featured on Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate".  The chicken is soaked in egg whites, dredged in a flour/matzo mixture, fried, and seasoned with some special seasoning that adds some spice.  It's crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, it is seriously good.  So good that all three times I've gone, my group has inhaled the chicken before I've even thought of snapping a photo!  Here's a pic thanks to a poster on Foodspotting.

Blue Ribbon's Fried Chicken at Brooklyn Bowl [courtesy of Foodspotting
Be warned, the bowling can get a little pricey and you may have to pay cover to get in on peak weekend nights when they have bands performing.  The venue is clean and spacious.  Whether you love bowling or you don't (like me), you will love the atmosphere at Brooklyn Bowl and you for sure will enjoy the food.   Check it out and save some fried chicken for me! 

Piggy says yes!

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Piggy KL


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