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The Linq

3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 22

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-862-2695

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$15-$25

Sun-Thu 11am-2am

Fri-Sat 11am-4am

American/Eclectic

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A combination restaurant, bowling alley, and concert venue.

Where is it?

At The Linq in between The Quad and The Flamingo.

What kind of food is served?

An interesting mix of American, Greek, Cajun/New Orleans, and other cuisines.

What is the atmosphere like?

Open and airy but can get noisy.

How is the service?

Not bad but not fantastic either.

What are the prices like?

Typically high for this type of restaurant on The Strip.

What else do I need to know?

They serve their full menu at the bowling lanes.

What's the bottom line?

Hit and miss as a restaurant but enlivened by the entertainment around it.

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FULL REVIEW

There are several linchpins in The Linq, the shopping and entertainment plaza in between The Quad and The Flamingo. The biggest, and most obvious, is the High Roller observation wheel. Hard to miss that one.

But Brooklyn Bowl is another and it is, in many ways, even more important than the big spinny thing right outside its doors. Getting people to ride something like the world's tallest observation wheel isn't all that hard - it kind of advertises itself. But getting people to find a restaurant, bowling alley, and concert venue located on the second floor of a building toward the end of the plaza may not be as easy. If it can succeed despite its somewhat less than prime real estate, you'll know that The LINQ is a success as well.

It's a sister to the popular eatery and concert space of the same name in, unsurprisingly, Brooklyn, NY and, perhaps surprisingly, London, England. The place here in Vegas is huge and only a relatively small portion of it is restaurant. The rest is taken up by a couple of casual bars, a 32-lane bowling alley (on two floors), and a big barn of a concert venue. It's all open, with little separation between the various functions so if you are looking for a quiet meal free from the noise of balls hitting pins and/or a rock concert going on, you may want to consider other options.

The menu is eclectic, with some standard American fare mixed in with more adventurous tastes. Need an example? Take a look at the appetizer list, which includes things like hummus with olives and tomatoes, fried calamari, a potato and onion knish, BBQ pork sliders, and pork rinds with cilantro and jalapenos. That's so many different cuisine concepts that it could give your stomach whiplash.

Salads and French bread pizzas take up the rest of the first page of the menu with the latter offering up toppings like butternut squash and roasted garlic, pulled pork and peppers, or classic mozzarella and basil.

Fried chicken and BBQ wings are a big draw here. You can get the fried as dinners with white bread, mashed potatoes, and collared greens or in platters all the way up to 24 pieces.

Just like the appetizers, sandwiches and entrees are wide ranging in cuisine types. There is a fairly pedestrian hamburger or you could try the fried catfish with corn tartar, the chicken muffuletta with classic olive salad, an oyster po'boy, or a simple BLT on the sandwich side or go for vegetable kabobs, pork ribs, pulled pork, or even a chili-rubbed ribeye steak.

We sampled the aforementioned burger and found it to be just okay but we also got the "Really" Sloppy Joe and it was fantastic - zingy tomato seasoning on the ground beef, piled high on a sweet bun. It was perfect. A wedge salad with bacon bits (instead of actual bacon crumbles), tomatoes, and blue cheese was good but not exactly breaking new ground while the catfish sandwich was declared "tasty."

Prices are typical for this type of restaurant on The Strip and by that I mean they are not cheap. Appetizers are $6-$15; salads start at $9 and go up to $18; French bread pizzas all within a buck or two in either direction of $15; chicken and wings $9-$72 (the latter for a 24 piece white meat feast; sandwiches all around $15; and dinners mostly around $20 although the steak is going to be closer to $30. Our table of four was eating relatively light (no appetizers, no dessert, mostly sandwiches) and we still managed to do about $100 with drinks, tax, and tip. Like I said... typical.

Service was fine but a little distracted when we were visiting despite the fact that we were one of only a handful of tables in there at the time. We were there not long after they opened so hopefully this will improve as they get their sea legs under them.

As a restaurant, I'd rate this one mid-pack, but once you factor in the fun that surrounds the eating portion of the program it improves my opinion a bit. I'm picturing that sloppy Joe sandwich while I'm bowling a couple of games and it makes me happy.

Be sure to check the related reviews for info about the bowling part of Brooklyn Bowl below.

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