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Not Your Parents Bowling Alley: Tavern + Bowl in Costa Mesa

Tavern + Bowl

This isn’t the kind of bowling alley I grew up going to. Newfangled monitors, cushioned seats and an elevated menu make this not-your-average place to score a turkey. Based in San Diego county, Tavern + Bowl’s first OC locale is easy to navigate to. Hop on the 55 south until it ends, and cruise into The Triangle. Valet is steps away from their main entrance, if you so choose. 

A 14,000 square foot facility, lanes are rented by the game during daytime hours, but hourly for the after work set. Velcro shoe rental sizes run large, so double check that pair before you head over to select a ball. Videos actually matching the music they’re blaring rock your game, and there’s always a monitor airing that sporting event you’re otherwise missing.

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If you recall the longtime Anaheim institution Mr. Stox, then you may be familiar with Chef Scott Raczek. While bowling alley grub is not synonymous with gourmet, Raczek’s ambitious cuisine is as modern as our lanes. With a generous selection of bites, gluten free and vegan dieters can rejoice in knowing they have options. Grilled marinated artichoke, filet mignon tacos and house marghertia flatbread with crispy basil fuel you up to bowl frames. For heartier fare, order the BBQ pulled pork mac and three cheese entrée. We enjoyed salmon roasted on a cedar plank, served with asparagus and tri-color potatoes. If there is room, split a triple threat brownie with cookie dough baked right in, served with burnt bourbon caramel sauce.

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Check out their daily happy hour, where you can win $50 of restaurant credit on trivia nights. Non-drinkers are treated to super sized beverage cups, while beer fans like yours truly can savor a very reasonable selection of brews. Whether it’s their dining room, wraparound bar or on a private lane, groups of all ages can enjoy a night out with and without kids or significant others.

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Tavern + Bowl is located at 1875 Newport Blvd in Costa Mesa.

Originally transplanted from the Bay Area, Anne Marie Panoringan is a freelance writer who prefers to divide her spare time motoring between great cuisine (especially breakfast!) and workouts that get her hungry again. Anne Marie’s day job is in government, but late evenings are spent typing and catching up with her spouse and DVR.
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  1. The food looks amazing… what a great place!!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yum! I generally don’t think of bowling as a date idea for me and my husband. We usually take the whole family, but in this case… I wanna go! It looks comfortable and fun.

  3. Oh my goodness that looks likes so much fun! The food looks fantastic. I wish we had something like that where we live.

  4. This looks like SO much fun!! I wish we had things like this closer to me. I would go here for date night, girls night or any night!!

  5. Now that’s a bowling alley, I can get into.

  6. Now that’s a bowling alley, I can get into.

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