Palace social breathes new life into the closed Palace Bowling Lanes in the Bellaire area. The multi-faceted entertainment station at 4191 Bellaire is now open and offering bowling, Food, Craft cocktails, on modern amusement arcade, on Sports lounge, Golf simulators and a Virtual reality arena.
Flatbread pizza at the Palace Social. Photo by Barry Fantich.
With a menu designed by the chef Ryan Hildebrand (formerly Triniti and FM Kitchen) and prepared by the chef Efrain Villareal (formerly Tony’s Mexican Kitchen), Palace Social serves an eclectic mix of Mediterranean-inspired American fusion dishes. Appetizers include variations of Quesadillas like RC Ranch Texas Wagyu Steak with an Oaxaca / Monterrey Jack mix, Wing, a recording Fried cake with Shiner Bock chili and a nacho Plate Served with Cuban sandwich toppings such as pulled pork, ham and mustard. The menu also has a handful of customizable ones Salads, on Quinoa bowl and more than half a dozen Flatbread pizzas, including The bellflower with bacon, red Anjou pears, white sauce, rocket, blue cheese and Texas honey.
There are also eight different sandwiches including the BBLT with the added “b” for fried bologna, which is added to smoked apple wood bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, a house sauce and two slices of Texas toast. That Palace Bowl Burger pairs Hereford ground food with bacon and cheddar sauce.
The menu is rounded off with hearty dishes such as Italian favorites, spaghetti and Vegetarian lasagne, and Mediterranean home-style cooking that is hand-made fried chicken steak with sausage sauce and Breadman Co. Texas toast and New Orleans style BBQ shrimp and corn cookies served with Pepper Jack Grits, fried okra sticks and grilled corn succotash.
Palace Social also offers a complete dessert station Malt milkshakes, cookies, sundaes of ice cream and Brownies.
Cocktail at the Palace Social. Photo by Daniel Ortiz.
Bowling alleys are more known for Jack and Coke than craft cocktails, but Palace Social is changing the paradigm. The owners brought in Jennifer Caldwell (formerly Goodnight Charlie’s as beverage director) to put together a long menu of cocktails, beer, cider, and wine.
There are currently three frozen drinks in the entertainment center, including a classic Margarita, a cherry lemonade, and the Belini Palace, with Irish whiskey, sparkling wine, peach and orange aromas. The bar also chilled a few Ranch waters and Highballs on tap. There are also almost a dozen classic and in-house cocktails on the menu. Classics include negroni and a Manhattan, while house specialties the Pale Russianwho have favourited vodka, chicory liqueur, vanilla and coconut milk, and the Social clubwhich resembles a raspberry daiquiri with aquafaba to give it a thickened texture. There is also the option for guests to turn each spirit into one angry or smashed.
beer Wine and Cider Fans are lucky. There is an extensive beer and cider menu with a strong emphasis on local breweries. The choices range from pitchers of Saint Arnold lawn mower or Houston Cider Company Cherry Cider to doses of Spindletap Hot Gusher IPA or Ace guava cider. And there is something else that cannot be found in most bowling allies, a wide variety of wines by the glass and by the bottle.
Palace Social has an esports gaming lounge. Photo by Barry Fantich.
In the spirit of its predecessor, Palace Social offers eight visually crisp bowling lanes. In line with current trends, the arcade room is filled with mostly short, profit-oriented and electronic ticket-based games. Similar to other gambling halls, the tickets collect on the player’s cards and can be exchanged for prizes. These include a handful of driving and shooting games.
The heart of the playroom is a full-body VR arena. The players are positioned on small platforms and put into different combat scenarios. Other attractions include rooms with video golf simulators and an interactive theater-style ride. Finally, Palace Social is promoting an entire room devoted to PC gaming with multiple professional setups.
The opening hours of the Palace Social are Sunday to Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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