Dust Bowl Lanes

Animated neon atop the building beckons passersby.

Among hipsters, retro is king, and Tulsa’s newest bowling alley — Dust Bowl Lanes, 211 S. Elgin — capitalizes on that fact with eight lanes, a small collection of vintage arcade games, doors and tables fashioned from vintage bowling lanes, throwback light fixtures, and a gleefully fattening menu that includes burgers; Nathan’s hot dogs; enormous ice-cream sundaes; elaborately topped tater tots; and the Sleepover Platter, described as “Chef’s seasonal selection of Sam’s Club Frozen Delights! Served with bottomless ranch” and sold at “Market Price.”

If you leave hungry, it's your own fault.

I opted for the Mexi Tots. For $7, you get a large soup bowl full of tater tots, topped with chili, black beans, jalapenos, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa. I requested mine without black beans (which I like only in certain contexts, none of which involve tater tots). They were awesome, but I managed to eat only two-thirds of them before I was too stuffed to finish.

Dust Bowl's menu includes seven different kinds of specialty tater tots.

I was content to drink ice water, but Dust Bowl also offers cocktails (including white Russians, of course), beer (including PBR, Schlitz, and other “dirt beers”), and wine, as well as soft drinks, malts, and milkshakes.

From the bar, diners and drinkers have a clear view of the historic Blue Dome.

We didn’t bowl during our visit, but we were pleased to see most of the lanes filled on a cold Monday evening.

Bowlers can watch the game on big screen TVs mounted above the lanes.

Dust Bowl charges $20 an hour for bowling and $3.50 for shoe rental. The lanes can be reserved for parties and special events, and bowling leagues are in the works.

For more information, call (918) 430-3901 or visit www.dustbowltulsa.com.

Grades:
Product: A
Service: A
Atmosphere: A
Value: A
Overall: A

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~ by redforkhippie on December 5, 2011.

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