Bowl is to Soup as Roll is to Sandwich

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Photo by Joan Lebow

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Spare Time in Colchester,Vermont

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Easy Day in Portland, Maine




A restaurant inside a bowling alley is different from a bowling alley that serves food. All bowling alleys serve food – default food. But to choose to locate your labor of love – and let’s face it, personally-run restaurants are labors of love (or love of labor), in a bowling alley shows a level of imaginative commitment that is admirable.

These places often hold sleeper status. You gotta bowl to know. Once in that pocket you might encounter ham bone soup or a turkey sandwich, maybe a sandwich pressed with a weight block. Betcha a fast eight you’ll want to rerack your lunch encounter at one of these high revolution joints.

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Let It Roll Bowl and Oaxaca Restaurant in Phoenix, ArizonaThank you, Michele Hermanson.

Sandwiches are the ultimate bowling food. Sandwich in one hand, ten-pounder in the other, put a little action on it. And what a soundtrack.

Call us meat ‘n cheese cause we’re on a roll.

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Neal’s Sandwich Shop was located inside an unknown bowling alley in Wilmington. Ice cream, malts, and sundaes were also available. From the LAPL photo archive. Circa 1940.




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