Best Bowling Alley

Mission Bowl

How much does the clean, comfortable Mission Bowl want your fingers in its balls? Enough to let a group of guys claim their lane a full 20 minutes before the announced time. That may sound like a small favor, but across town earlier that Saturday evening, another bowling-alley counterman answered a basic "Do we have time for some bowling before your rock-and-black-light thing starts?" with a sneering "I'd have to kick you off in 45 minutes." And how much does Mission Bowl want to shelter you from daylight and the workaday world? Enough to offer a Lunch and Bowl special Monday through Thursday — a burger plus fries and a soda and two games of bowling — for $10 (including shoe rental). That's not just daytime bowling. It's a taste of the witness-relocation good life.

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