Why settle for something ordinary when you can treat your entire family to something extraordinary? When it comes to dining out, there are so many restaurants that allow you and your party to experience an extra dose of fun while you eat. The only question you need to ask now is “where can I find these entertaining spots serving up delicious food near me?”
1. Dave & Buster’s (U.S.)
With locations in 34 states, there’s a good chance you have a Dave and Buster’s near you. When it comes to food, Dave and Buster’s surely won’t disappoint. While it’s no local hot-spot serving up unique cuisine, they’re guaranteed to have popular favorites like burgers, pasta, chicken, seafood, steak, and more.
One consistent customer favorite seems to be the Carnivore Pizzadilla. The 12-inch quesadilla is served in eight slices, like a pizza. It’s stuffed to the brim with cheese, Italian sausage, and pepperoni, then topped with even more of the same ingredients, with the addition of marinara and bacon.
Customers can choose to use their Eat and Play Card Sunday-Thursday and until 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, essentially bundling the costs and taking advantage of great deals.
As for available games, there really is something for everyone. They have the classics like Pac-Man and Dance Dance Revolution, as well as several new and unique arcade-style games. If that’s not so much you’re style, Dave and Buster’s is also a great place to order a drink and watch your favorite sports teams. Dave and Buster’s just might be the best place around to have a good time while you dine.
2. Main Event (U.S.)
Main Event isn’t in as many states as Dave and Buster’s, but you can still find locations in thirteen states across the country. The biggest thing that sets Main Event restaurants apart from D&B’s is the bowling alleys. Oh and did I mention laser tag? Yes, Main Event has that too! Whether you want to enjoy the more than 100 games Main Event has to offer before or after you eat, there’s no denying you’ll have a load of fun.
Main Event offers a full bar to satisfy your craving for a crisp, adult beverage. As for food, you can expect traditional American-style cuisine. They offer everything from pizza and burgers to BBQ brisket and chicken and waffles. You really can’t go wrong when ordering a meal. At Main Event, you can also take advantage of price bundles to save money when you go to play and eat.
3. Hard Rock Cafe (U.S. & International)
Can you really talk about hot spots that provide both good food and entertainment without mentioning Hard Rock Cafe? The famous rockin’ restaurant has locations all over the world, so you know they’re doing something right!
At locations in the U.S., you can find authentic American dishes. From flatbreads to fajitas or ribs, you can’t go wrong when ordering a bite to eat at Hard Rock. But most might argue that they’re best dishes are their smokehouse sandwiches and burgers. You’ll just have to try them yourself, because no words can do those juicy meals justice.
When it comes to entertainment, it’s likely what you expected when first hearing about Hard Rock. It’s all about the music. From live concerts to rock music blaring from the speakers, you’re better off dancing the night away than trying to hold a decent conversation. It’s a fun environment for all ages, but certainly only if you can handle the noise. A trip to the gift shop is practically a must, because if you don’t have a Hard Rock t-shirt, did you really go to Hard Rock Cafe?
4. Rainforest Cafe (U.S. & International)
The Rainforest Cafe has locations across the world, but you can find an American restaurant in 10 states across the country. Prepare to wine and dine surrounded by exotic sounds of animals and insects. Thanks to realistic animatronics, you’ll feel like you truly stepped foot into the rain forest. This hot spot is an absolute delight for adults and children alike, just be sure you order the Sparkling Volcano Dessert if you really want to impress!
The menu at Rainforest Cafe is certainly eclectic and lengthy. You can expect to see long lists of pork, beef, and chicken dishes, pasta, seafood, sandwiches and burgers. Their Pastalaya is a spicy meal worthy of a second trip all its own. With shrimp, chicken, sausage, fresh vegetables, and linquini tossed in a spicy Cajun sauce, you really can’t go wrong. Their Jungle Safari Soup is also worth a special mention.
5. Aquarium Restaurant (Nashville, Tennessee)
The aquarium restaurant in Nashville is exactly what you’d expect it to be, and so much more. It’s a dining experience unlike anything else, because you can truly enjoy aspects of the aquarium while you dine on delicious eats. Imagine sitting down for a meal, surrounded by tanks filled with both exotic and familiar sea creatures.
If the thought makes you feel a bit claustrophobic, don’t panic! It’s roomy yet the ambiance is just what you’d want inside an aquarium. According to the restaurant’s site, seating surrounds a 200,000-gallon aquarium filled with more than 100 species of fish. As if that isn’t neat enough, a diver enters the tank twice a day in full view of those in the restaurant, to feed the fish.
The food certainly won’t disappoint either. The menu is packed with all the seafood you would expect, as well as an entire section dedicated to chicken, beef, and pasta. Their Louisiana Cajun Pasta, complete with crawfish tails, is enough to make you come back for more. At this point you should really just stop reading, hop in the car, and get to one of these spots near you.
5 More Hot Spots Worth Mentioning
6. Safe House – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7. Jekyll & Hyde – New York City, New York
8. Rattlesnake Saloon – Tuscumbia, Alabama
9. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Orlando, Florida
10. Ninja – New York City, New York
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