How about having a meal Down Under? Sounds like a trip to Australia, doesn't it? Save your airfare . . . you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner, eat-in or carry-out, in Carroll County.
But you will be eating Down Under: the Down Under Cafe located under the Westminster Shopping Center on the premises of the County Lanes bowling center. That became the name of the restaurant when Elkie Smith took over its operation in June.
"Friends said to me since you're always in a bowling center anyway and the restaurant is for sale why don't you take over," Smith said. "Since I love to cook and I had some time on hands, I said, why not?"
Born and raised in Essex, Baltimore County, Smith lives in Silver Run now. Recently widowed, she began bowling 25 years ago and never has lost her love for the sport.
Last year she bowled in the Monday duckpin league and the Monday tenpin league at Thunderhead Taneytown. Wednesdays it was the Wednesday scratch league at Biglersville in Pennsylvania, back to Bowl America Reisterstown for the Tuesday league and then to Thunderhead Taneytown again for two Friday mixed leagues, one early and one late.
"And don't forget I subbed whenever I had a chance," Smith said. "Oh, yes, and I like to bowl in tournaments when I get the chance."
In duckpins Smith carries a 113 average with a high game of 150, a high series of 396. Her tenpin average is 173 and her high series is 653. Just recently she fired her lifetime best game, a nifty 279.
"And I did it with my 8-pound, 2-ounce old Ebonite bowling ball," Smith said. "That's the ball that everybody says is too light for good scoring."
It's not too light if you throw it as Smith does, straight and accurately.
"I did get a heavier ball," Smith added, "a Blue Knight just a little while ago and I'm trying to use that now."
Smith took the weight all way up to 10 pounds. There's nothing holding her back from the 300 game now. Except that she might not be able to bowl as much she'd like in the coming months . . . now that she has a kitchen to run.
And, as everyone who has ever cooked knows, when you make everything from scratch it's takes not only skill, but time.