Inexpensive fun and outstanding food at really reasonable prices
King Bowling in the Back Bay just off Boylston Street
By Walter and Patricia Brooks
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:
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.