I was recently invited by King’s Bowl Orlando to check out their new menu items, and enjoy a little bowling.
Whatever you think bowling alley food is, it’s not King’s Bowl. Yes, the menu has hamburgers, but it has so much more, and really good quality, too.
The new menu items, added to the Orlando location on June 3, ran the gamut from salads to sandwiches to full entrees.
We had their Apple Raisin Chicken Salad three ways – on a bed of mixed greens, as a sandwich with bread, and as a wrap using Bibb lettuce. The chicken salad had a good balance of sweet and savory.
For lighter appetites, there is a Kale and Quinoa salad with sauteed kale, broccoli and carrots, topped with Southwestern quinoa, sliced avocado, and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Healthy food at a bowling alley? What?
There was also a ginger-soy glazed salmon with baby bok choy, brown rice, and glazzed baby carrots, along with a Mango Lime Grilled Chicken Breast featuring sliced avocado, Southwestern quinoa, and steamed broccoli.
Two sandwiches offered were also rather healthy. We had a Turkey Cranberry & Brie sandwich, with mashed avocado on a toasted multigrain bread, as well as a Turkey & Hummus wrap that included red pepper hummus, feta, red onion, cucumbers, black olives, lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki sauce on a tomato tortilla. I really liked both sandwiches, and both could be easily made vegetarian by removing the turkey.
We also got to try the BBQ Pulled Pork Wontons with homemade BBQ Chipotle Ranch dip. I really liked this. It had a good flavor and the dip led a bit of heat to the wontons.
There were wings done two ways. The first we tried were the Teri-Dactyl wings covered in a Teryaki-Spicy BBQ glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds (also available in boneless tenders). This was a sweet heat that was so tasty.
A little heathier were the Kings’ Famous Baked Wings with Caribbean Jerk seasoning. These were good also.
Pizza is awesome to eat while bowling, and King’s served up two new varieties. The Bacon Cheeseburger featured ground beef, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and a secret sauce drizzle. It was like a bacon cheeseburger in pizza form. The second was a Marinated Artichoke and Spinach pizza, with sun-dried tomato pesto, lemon, Feta, and mozzerella.
And yes, King’s Bowl Orlando does do burgers, and we got to try two new versions. The first is a Bleu Cheese and Bacon burger with grilled onions. The second is for the more adventureous and it’s called Don’t Knock It ‘Til Ya Try It. This burger features crunchy peanut butter, bacon, grilled pineapple, and sriracha. Mostly I tasted the peanut butter and pineapple, which gave it a peanut butter & jelly taste. Couldn’t taste the sriracha at all. It was ok, but maybe that’s because I’m not a huge peanut butter fan. It definitely wasn’t your run-of-the-mill burger.
The new menu also includes a few new drink offerings, which we got to sample. My favorite was the Primo-Jito, made with pineapple rum, mint, fresh lime juice, mint simple syrup, and ginger beer. It was crisp and refreshing with a hint of sweetness.
Another favorite was the Sour Patch Kings, which featured tequila, Midori, blue curacao, orange & apple liqueurs, fresh lime juice, sour mix and garnished with a Sour Patch Kids candy and a sugared lemon wedge. It was sweet and strong, but delicious.
CSO’s Joan loved the Drunken Bear Martini, made with raspberry vodka, peach liqueur, sour mix and lime juice, garnished with gummi bears. We didn’t get around to trying the Orange You Old Fashioned (bourbon, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and orange bitters) or The Morrison (herb-infused whiskey on the rocks).
It’s not a meal without dessert, and we unanimously enjoyed the Homemade Heath Bar Cake drizzled with rum caramel sauce and with a side of whipped cream. The cake base with the crumbled Heath bars was topped with a creamy whipped chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings.It was heaven on a spoon.
As for bowling, it was my first time actually bowling there, and I really like the atmosphere. Still can’t bowl worth crap, but the animated vignettes on the scoreboard telling me how good (bad) I was doing were hilarious. At one point when I was too busy photographing the food to bowl, and it egged me on with a snail carrying a bowling ball.
If you’re wanting to visit King’s Bowl Orlando after reading this (and I do recommend it), you should know they are offering a special Summer Pass that offers 3 games of bowling and shoe rental EVERY DAY through August 28 for $54 adults/$39 kids. Guests with you get the same offer for $10 per day. Extend the pass to October 23, and the pass is only $69 adults/$54 kids.
King’s Bowl Orlando also has daily specials on bowling, food and drinks Sunday through Thursday, as well as Karaoke Friday nights, and DJ spinning Friday and Saturday. In the evenings, King’s Bowl is 21+ after 8pm.
I really enjoyed my visit to King’s Bowl Orlando and I’ll definitely be back to eat and to bowl!
King’s Bowl Orlando is located at 8255 International Dr, next to The Orlando Eye. It is open daily 11am to 2am, and there is plenty of free parking out front and in the nearby garage. For more information, visit kingsbowlamerica.com/orlando.
Discloure: I was invited to King’s Bowl Orlando for review purposes. As always, my opinions are my own.
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