Took the family bowling - five pin - sucked as usual - but that's our own fault ;)
Went to the adjoining Big River Brew Pub for some lunch.
The pub is divided into two secitons - an adults only side when one turns to the left after entering the main entrance and a smaller "family section" to the right. The family section also has an entrance off of the Zone Bowling Alley. For patrons with a rabid "hate-on" for families with young children - you will be happy to know that the kids have to access the washroom in the bowling alley so that they do not sully the adults "pub experience" on the adult side. The two sections are well separated.
Anyways, onto my actual review:
I found the food only okay, overpriced and the ambiance "meh"
We ordered two Kids menu selections. It was a burger and fries with a small drink for $7.50. The bun for the burger was a nice kaiser - but that is the best I can say for it. There was no lettuce, no tomato, no pickle, no mayo or special sauce. It was dry, dry dry. The fries were okay. The drink was small.
Hubby and I ordered a Zone Platter for $26.00 (this item is featured on the menu in the bowling alley, but not in the restaurant itself for some completely unknown reason). The platter was okay, but overpriced. It came with fries, chicken wings, dry garlic ribs, a few veggies for dipping and some jalapeno fritters - the fritters were the highlight. The platter came with ranch dressing, ketchup, a mustard sauce and some other savory white sauce. I found the food merely okay and the valley poor compared to appetizer platters at other establishments. It should have been around $19 to $20, not $26.00!!!
We also ordered a New York pizza, which I found very greasy and not particularly tasty. It was $13.00.
The beer was okay (it is a brew pub so it is brewed on premise). A pint of Vienna Lager and a pint of Pilsner was $4.02.
Service was adequate.
All prices I list do not include HST.
Frankly - I would just order the beer and drink it in the bowling alley and not bother with the restaurant at all - it was just too pricey for the quality received.
Also - we noted that the tv on the family side had something wrong with it - the colour was all off, making the faces of the people on tv blue in colour. We cracked jokes about it being "Smurf TV" and "Blue Man Group TV" One couldn't even enjoy watching any programming due to this. Furthermore - the tv should be tuned into sports so people can enjoy it - not tuned into a talk show or whatever.
PS - they do not accept interact or debit - it's cash or credit card only.