Dave & Buster’s opens its first store in Oklahoma City on Monday, which has gamers and arcadeniks rejoicing. I am neither, so I was pretty ambivalent until I was invited to swing by to sample some food and try out the games. I made it by for the food, but left the games to an expert.
Chef Richard Persky is Kitchen Manager at the new Dave & Buster’s, late of The Cheesecake Factory, oversees the kind of menu that will appeal to the masses. It’s a mix of American classics, ranging from burgers to spare ribs.
“We make everything in-house,” Persky said. “Nothing out of a box.”
We also tried the Double Stacked Chicken Parm Sandwich, which included lightly breaded chicken breast, marinara and Parmesan and Provolone cheeses. Between the chicken breasts was a hearty slice of tomato that gave the sandwich just enough perk to make it work.
This is exactly the kind of menu one would expect at an arcade on steroids. Chef Persky and his enthusiastic crew executed it perfectly. Before visiting Dave & Buster’s, I knew I would be required by my children to visit but I wouldn’t have thought I would choose to eat there. After my sampling, that’s changed. They also offer discounted gaming with various entrees called Eat & Play Combos. They start at $15.99 and include $10 in game tokens. This, I imagine, is the most common option people choose.
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