Ok, I admit it.
When it comes to arcade-like spots, I’m usually not the best target audience. Generally speaking, something about them induces all sorts of anxiety. The lights? Perhaps. The screaming children? Definitely. The sounds? Yeah, probably. When it comes to big box arcades (cough..Dave & Busters), I avoid them at all costs.
Well, that was until I visited PINSTACK. With three area locations in Allen, Plano and Las Colinas, PINSTACK is a self-proclaimed dining and entertainment destination. The tag line under their name reads “Bowl & Bite” but there is SO much more to PINSTACK that proved this anxiety-fueled gal wrong.

Sure, PINSTACK does have a full restaurant and bar located inside and several, super-fun bowling lanes but they also have laser tag, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, high ropes course, giant foosball, laser maze and arcade games. Um…YEAH. Suddenly the lights, the sounds and the packs of children didn’t bother me. PINSTACK does a great job of making their locations family friendly but also comfortable for adults-only.

Trust me. It’s all fun, too. I literally tried, played, ate and drank everything during my visit so I could give y’all the most honest lowdown possible. In fact, I had such a good time, we’re going to do our family reunion there this year. And no, it’s not sponsored, I just really freakin’ love PINSTACK.

Now, for the food. Think elevated hangover food. Sorry kids. Actually, no. Never mind. No child should be reading this so I’ll stick with my original statement! From mozzarella sticks to wings, dips to FRIED MAC AND CHEESE, the food isn’t going to receive any Michelin stars but it is EXACTLY what you need when you’re working so hard winning laser tag like me.

I never thought that I would hope and pray that something like this would open up close to my house but after visiting the Allen location, I’m table pounding for a Dallas proper location. Hey, PINSTACK, if you’re listening, COME TO EAST DALLAS. I would single handedly keep it in business. Y’all, I’m obsessed and you should be too!

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