Chuck E Cheese’s

— Originally posted on Yelp on 4/17/10 —

I’m probably going to lose any and all credibility for even reviewing this place and risk being excommunicated from Yelp by stepping foot in this establishment, but I have to admit it’s not a bad place to go if you have kids. Sure, being surrounded by screaming kids, animatronic mouses, arcade games, a guy in a mouse costume, and pimply-faced teen employees serving you food may be someone’s idea of hell. But, for those of us that have kids it can be a good option for a family night out.

There’s no question the food is one-star-quality at best. The pizza is light on sauce and the crust has a weird buttery/oily texture to it. The toppings, however, seemed relatively fresh (we got a vegetarian pizza). They also get points for offering a salad bar (even though we didn’t try it) and sandwiches. They never had this many option when I was growing up.

This location is surprisingly well-maintained. It’s cleaner than I thought it would be for the amount of traffic they get. I saw several employees roaming the room, constantly picking up and clearing tables. I also like how they stamp families as they enter and check them when they leave — making sure you’re leaving with the right kid. You have to give credit to any kid establishment that takes precaution against child abductions.

So, my overall 3 star rating might seem a little high, but any place that can make my son laugh, sing, dance, and have a great time is ok in my book. They have some ‘rides’ that my 2 year old loved and plenty of games for older kids too. They even have skee ball, which I haven’t played in years. (full disclosure: I was awesome at skee ball back in the day… almost thought about turning professional. I was that good).

While this place isn’t my idea of heaven, I can tolerate it just to see the smile on my son’s face as the semi-operational animatronic Chuck E. belts out some tunes.

3 Stars

4175 S Grand Canyon Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89147
(702) 531-8000

 

 

 

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