Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Restaurant Review: Axis Alley - Newport on the Levee

Recently Adventure Mom and I were invited to Axis Alley to try out their menu - yes they have food there! It's more than just bowling! :-)

Axis Alley is at Newport on the Levee. It's owned by the same company as Redondo Taqueria. This is actually the only Axis Alley in the country - the company has different types of venues depending on the area they're in and what's needed.

There are a couple of craft beers on the menu - Larry went for Rhinegeist Truth. They were out of the Ciderbomb so I tried the Not Your Father's Root Beer. I've been wanting to try it for a while and it's pretty darned good - it definitely tastes just like root beer! Which could be dangerous - so try one with caution!

The bowling alley is pretty nice - it's got funky Ikea-ish furniture and lots of bright colors and fun music videos that play.

There's also a large bar with tvs every 6 inches - so if you're wanting to watch a game - you can do that too!

Axis has quite a menu and they wanted to show it off. You don't typically think of great food at a bowling alley - but we were ready to try it out! We started with chips & fire roasted salsa ($4). This was fine - I love fire roasted tomatoes - but they followed up so quickly with the rest of the treats that the salsa didn't stand a chance. :-)
Next up they brought out soft pretzels with pepperjack fondue ($7) and southwestern egg rolls with sriracha aioli ($8). The egg rolls have chicken, avocado, corn, black beans, jack and cheddar.

The pretzels were delicious! I mean - I am a complete sucker for them - so it's not surprising that I liked them. I had just started on Weight Watchers when this came up - so I was very careful with my food consumption. I knew my day was blown but I was just making sure that each bite was worth it. I went for one egg roll and two pretzels. Mr Adventure Mom really liked the egg rolls - so he helped bat clean up. They were good as well - but if there's a competition - salty bread and melty cheese pretty much always win in the world of Hussy.

We got loaded tater tots as well ($8 - I think).These pretty much got killed by all of us - I mean - they're tater tots with cheese and sour cream. Again in the balance of all things good - this deserved a few Weight Watchers points! (Mind you - I ate more here than my whole day's allowance - which I knew going in - but they give you flex points for the week to use in these very situations.)

Next up were the wings!! Plain, BBQ and Buffalo - they were all tasty - very crispy and none were too sweet or too spicy. Mind you - there was a kick - but a good kick. These are $9/pound and come in Buffalo, Spicy Garlic, BBQ, Sweet Chile, Chipotle, Old Bay and Mango Habanero.

Oh yeah - there's my other pretzel - I had to - it was so good! Oh how I love pretzels - they truly are my favorite appetizer.

For March Madness (there's a little left right?) - they have Taco Pizza. They have the regular and spicy - the spicy have the Pepperjack Fondue as the base so that one was SUPER SPICY. Like - too spicy for me to eat. It also has taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, sriracha aioli, tortilla strips and probably some more stuff.
Now the one that did NOT have the pepperjack fondue base was much better for me. Nedra liked the spicy but I liked the not. I like the pizzas there - they're definitely homemade with those misshapen crusts and you could share one pizza between two-three people.

I'm a sucker for taco pizza - it's really my favorite - this was okay. I'm more of a traditionalist with big hunks of Doritos.

Now they also have burgers and this is where you should stop, drop and roll right into Axis Alley because by far this was the star of the night! This is the Burger Bomb ($11). They're going to serve this for Burger Week and I can see why.

It's a burger topped with smoked pulled pork, bbq sauce, slaw, pickles and crispy onions. The burger is hand-made - you can tell - it's not some freezer patty perfectly round hockey puck. It was DELICIOUS!!! Larry wasn't in the mood for his 1/4 of the burger so I had his.

Up until this point - for the point count - we've got 2 pretzel sticks (1 whole - since they were cut in half), 1 egg roll half, a half-dozen or so tots, 1 piece of taco pizza and 1/2 burger. I think I just chalked the night up to 60 points and called it a day.

But we weren't done yet...oh we should have been but we weren't.

You see they have dessert. Oh my my. Brownie Sundae ($5) - I have been dying for a brownie for I don't know how long - so I went for it. I didn't kill the whole thing - I think I ate half - but oh boy was it a good half. It's a good deal for $5 too. Nom Nom for sure. :-)

They also have a separate area with a few lanes for private parties. We used it for a work party one time and it was great.

Why Should You Go? Well it's a super clean and nice bowling alley - which is definitely not the norm in the realm of bowling alleys. But also - there are some great food options. I was invited for the pizza - which I did like - but the hero of the meal was definitely the burger. It was delicious! So even if you're not up for bowling - Axis Alley is a great option for lunch or dinner too!

Axis Alley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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