A huge part of a dining experience is the ambience of the restaurant and the feeling you get while eating there. As soon as you walk into Kings at North Hills, the feeling that hits you is fun. Whether you’re there just for a meal or just for the other activities, you’re surrounded by bright colors and fun-filled activities. With a huge menu of scratch made food, drinks, bowling, pool, and other games, it’s hard to decide what to do first!
While you can bowl and eat, when my friend and I went we decided to eat lunch first, and then bowl. At the suggestion of our very friendly server, we decided to try the Buffalo Chicken Wontons ($10.99). He said that he ate them almost every day when he started working there, and the manager and other employees agreed, so that was enough for me. My friend and I also enjoyed some cocktails with our appetizers; the Gin & Cukes for me and the Daddy-O for her. The cucumber in mine made it taste incredibly refreshing, and I could definitely see myself drinking it while bowling on a Saturday night.
The Buffalo Chicken Wontons came out with eight small wontons, some celery, and ranch dipping sauce. The hand folded wontons were perfectly crispy and the buffalo chicken inside was incredibly flavorful and not too spicy. I could definitely see what the hype from the employees was about. The fact that they are pretty small also makes it a nice light appetizer that isn’t going to spoil your meal.
For entrees I decided to try the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza ($12.49), and let me tell you I was very pleasantly surprised. I can be a little picky about pizza, so I don’t tend to order it unless I know its going to be good, but the toppings on this one intrigued me, so I decided to take a risk. The personal pizza was topped with ground beef, cheddar, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and pickles, and drizzled with Secret Sauce. This combo of toppings was unreal! I think the pickles were my favorite burst of flavor, but the mix of flavors was truly delicious. I was really impressed with the house-made crust as well; it almost tasted fried, but also light somehow. I definitely couldn’t finish the pizza myself, but between my friend and I we left a clean plate.
My friend decided to go with the House-Smoked Baby Back Ribs ($16.99), which came with fries, coleslaw, and Honey Griddled Cornbread. She said that the ribs themselves were not the best she’s had; the meat could have been more flavorful, but she did enjoy the sauce. The fries were delicious, with that twice fried crunchy taste, and the cornbread was surprisingly moist. Although we were stuffed, we decided to finish off our meal with the S’mores Brownie Sundae ($7.99), which was huge. It consisted of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and marshmallow, topped with s’mores brownies and whipped cream. I’m a sucker for anything s’mores so I was pretty excited to dig into this. I loved the toasted marshmallow topping on the brownies and probably ate much more than I should have.
Though we probably should’ve slipped into a food coma, my friend and I decided to bowl one game before we left. We ended up getting one of the private lanes, which seemed like the perfect spot to hang out with friends on the weekend. Compared to other bowling allies, the couches and lanes felt very luxurious. There was a huge screen behind the lane playing old school music video and the pins reset surprisingly fast. I could definitely see myself playing a few games with friends while ordering some drinks and a couple appetizers to share.
If you’re looking for a new spot with great food and fun, I would definitely suggest giving Kings a try. You can go for a meal, bowling, games, or all of the above. Kings also has tons of promotions as well, like All You Can Play nights, Sunday Funday, and Happy Hour. If you do go on the weekends I would suggest calling ahead to reserve a lane, as they do fill up pretty quickly and wait times could be long depending on how many games people want to play. I think Kings really offers something different to the Triangle, and I can’t wait to go back.
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Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.