Deluxe dining at a classy bowling alley

Inexpensive fun and outstanding food at really reasonable prices
King Bowling in the Back Bay just off Boylston Street

Yes, Kings IS also a bowling alley, in the most modern meaning of the term, with giant screens over each lane with what's happening that night in sports.

By Walter and Patricia Brooks

Probably the most amazing Spring Rolls I've ever had - they're Cheeseburgers

An enormous Full Rack of Baby Backs was $21.

I split a Half Rack and Steak Tips, $21.

Desserts include Apple Turnovers with vanilla ice cream $6. The two of us couldn't finish the one we shared.

Yes, I said BOWLING ALLEY. A fellow travel writer tipped us off about Kings Back Bay at 50 Dalton Street alongside the north wall of the Hynes Convention Center at the top of Boylston Street near Mass. Avenue in Boston.

If you travel to Beantown a lot, you know how much higher the prices in a big city restaurant are compared to ones here in the boondocks.

And if you're anything like me, you think dining out is something special, and you're not willing to sacrifice quality for price. At Kings you won't have to because I was really impressed with everything we ordered and the cost was very low.

This is obviously where local Back Bay and Downtown Boston residents go for good food at bargain prices. In the restaurant-barroom area alone there were two down large flat-screen TVs with the Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh playoff games.

Great Start, Better Finish

Take our starters. I had Cheeseburger Spring Rolls with spicy tomato mayonnaise
(4) $8 (8) $14.

In case your math is weak, that's less than $2 each for crunchy fresh lettuce atop juicy Angus ground beef and cheese with garnish.

 Pat had the Chicken Lollipops: (8) $,8 (16) $14.  Choose-Buffalo, Honey BBQ, Spicy Chili. And that's less than a buck a piece.

We shared the Buffalo Chicken Tenders (5) $8 (10) $14 with choice of several sauces. Outstanding!

The entrees are equal bargains. We saw the Kings serving of its Four Cheese Mac & Cheese with breadcrumb topping $11 at a nearby table, and wished our Cholesterol levels were a bit lower.

But the big decision was to go for the full rack of ribs which were highly touted by our friend, or one of the Steak Tip Combos which come with your choice of:

  1. Buffalo Wings $16 w/mash potatoes and green beans
  2. Turkey Tips $17 w/mash potatoes and green beans
  3. Popcorn Shrimp $18 w/french fries and cole slaw
  4. Baby Back Ribs $19 w/french fires, cole slaw, and cornbread

The compromise was for Pat to order an enormous full rack of Baby Back Ribs with fries, slaw & cornbread for $21 ( a half rack & fries is a lowly $14), and I had the Steak Tips with a Half Rack $19 with french fires, cole slaw, and cornbread.

So on your next Boston visit, give both your taste buds and wallet a treat, and dine at Kings Back Bay. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on