Highland Park Bowl Opens Today
Highland Park Bowl has been restored to its former glory and reopens today. I remember when I used to go to the then-named Mr. T’s for shows but never bowling. That’s because the lanes had been blocked from view. The 1933 group which also operates Sassafras Saloon, Idle Hour and other vintage bars, knows a thing or two about getting the look just right. There are so many wonderful details but the showcase is the grand bowling lanes with modern scoreboards.
And what’s a little recreational bowling without drinks and food? Get the pizza to share with friends while working on your spin.
I only took a small sip of the Belle of the Bowl as I’m allergic to melon and particularly honeydew but if you like juicy drinks, this is the one for you.
Belle of the Bowl– honeydew infused gin, lime, house cucumber thyme soda
We couldn’t resist trying both the rossa and bianca pizzas. The rossa pizzas have tomato sauce which turned out to be very tasty. I let my friend pick the pie and he opted for the crudo e arugula. I probably would have gone for the capricciosa which also has proscuitto but with artichokes and olives. The crudo has mozarrella and parmasean which is ideal for cheese heads. It was an umami-packed flavor bomb.
If anyone has ever watched the Big Lebowski, then you pretty much know why Highland Park Bowl calls their White Russian variation “The Dude Abides.” And for a fun Pain Killer (a really revved up pina colada with even more rum) variation, try the Fuzzyland which is named after an iconic Mr. T’s music night.
Fuzzyland – Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, silver rum, Coco Lopez, passionfruit, mango, Jamaican bitters #2
The Dude Abides – Tito’s vodka, housemade Civil Coffee liqueur, horchata cream, cinnamon tincture
We picked the mushroom pizza for our white pizza. The sauce-less pizza had really nice portobello mushrooms and sweet caramelized onions.
I can’t wait to go back to try more cocktails but mostly to bowl!
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