When you think of bowling allies, gourmet’s probably the last word that comes to mind. You think greasy pizza, basic hot dogs and pitchers of cheap beer, but Pinstripes Bethesda SERIOUSLY defies that stereotype in every way possible. Like, I’ve had some of the best food I’ve ever tasted in my entire freaking life here, and I’m not exaggerating in the slightest.
Sung (one of my besties) and I checked out Pinstripes Bethesda last week after shooting and were totally blown away by everything; the interior, food, service and vibe were all on point. They brought out a ridonkulous amount of noms for us to try, BUT I’m only featuring a few dishes on here today because *drum roll, please* I’ve published a thorough recap on my food blog, Nomtastic Foods.
Here were my personal faves: stuffed mushrooms (made with zucchini, goat cheese, artichoke, sundried tomato, and roasted pepper), tenderloin sliders (with truffle potato strings, shallot mayo and bordelaise), prosciutto fig flatbread (with balsamic marinated fig, gorgonzola and mascarpone), burrata salad (with roasted acorn squash, organic quinoa, almond, pumpkin seed, and balsamic glaze), and their Italian “Jambalaya” (with spicy chicken, grilled shrimp, risotto, sausage, and roasted pepper).
As you can see, their presentation was impeccable, and everything seriously tasted as good as it looked. I will DEFINITELY be back with friends and family soon – Sung and I were both mmMMMmm-ing all night long for real. Anywho, these are plates I want to try when I go back next: fettuccini bolognese (made with beef, pork, lamb, fennel, braised tomato, mascarpone, and basil), Chicken Parmesan (served with cacio e pepe pasta and fresh mozzarella), famous prime rib dip sandwich, BBQ chicken pizza, and BBQ pulled pork sliders. What sounds good to you guys?
Shots of their homemade lasagna and their maple glazed salmon, served with organic quinoa, cucumber, avocado, tomato, pesto, and red pepper). I don’t eat fish so I didn’t get to sample the salmon, but the lasagna was legit!
We ended thangs on a sweet note with a slice of Tiramisu and a beautiful banana split sundae (came with caramelized pineapple, italian cherries, and spiced pecans served in a waffle bowl) – all made in-house of course! Both were stupid good, like I still have dreams about their ice cream kind of good.
After our massive dinner, we went upstairs to bowl, and it was classy AF up there! I was shocked by how ginormous the space was – in addition to the lanes, they had a huge event room + outdoor patio. If you don’t like to bowl, there’s bocce too! Anywho, that’s it for today, guys. Pinstripes has locations all over the US so definitely make sure to go if there’s one near you, anddddd you’re welcome in advance because I know you’ll be back to thank me for my awesome recommendation, ha. Happy eating, friends. Photos by the wonderful Sung Shin, and a huge thanks to Pinstripes Bethesda for hosting us!
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