Sports & Recreation

Best Bowling Alley 

Mahall's 20 Lanes

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For more than 100 years, Mahall's 20 Lanes has been a bowling-and-local-hangout institution. When locals Kelly Flamos, Colin McEwen and Joe Pavlick took the place over in December 2011, they cleaned it up a bit (emphasis on "a bit") and helped transform the venerable bowling alley into a popular concert venue. Pretty much any night of the week, you've got a good chance of catching hot Second Line-style bands from New Orleans onstage or a Malian guitarist who'll shred the place with traditional African melodies. The menu kicks ass too: Items such as Chicken and Donuts, a dish that features three pieces of fried chicken along with two Old Hushers doughnuts, is a fave; seriously, get the chicken. Other staples include the Everything Pretzel and the Creamy Egg Sandwich. But whatever you do, be sure to throw a game or two on the old-school lanes where you still have to score by hand, which is something everyone should know how to do.

13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood,  216-521-3280, mahalls20lanes.com.

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