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The small eastern Sierra Nevada city of Bishop has everything a larger city has to offer, only a much smaller scale, and in many cases, only one of "each" in town, in keeping for a city with a population of less than 4,000 good people.  That is definitely the case for a bowling alley, as there's only one game in town, the Back Alley Bowl, but it's a small, but great bowling alley, and has everything that an avid bowler could wish for, including a restaurant, Back Alley Bowl.

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  It's 6:30 in the evening on Tuesday, November 06, 2018, and I'm at Back Alley Bowl in Bishop, CA, and I'm ready to enjoy a burger in fine style.

Photo:  I was sort of surprised to see the bowling alley alley deserted on this early Tuesday evening.  Back Alley Bowl restaurant is co-located with the bowling alley.

Photo:  The restaurant has a definite "sports bar" feel, and features a great "vibe."  I love the high tables and chairs, but tonight I chose to sit at the bar.  Perhaps that was a bad move on my part?

Photo:  The dinner menu features great "bowling alley" food.  Everything on the menu looked wonderful, but I finally settled on the "Tommy Burger," and an order of fries.  In my opinion, when you're dining at a restaurant you've never visited before, it's wise to begin with the basics.  You can rarely go wrong with a burger!

Photo:  I watch the cashier in action as the bowling alley begins to fill up.  Al staff wear tee shirts, which is almost like a uniform.

Photo:  Meet my server, Mimi, who wasn't particularly friendly, and who really didn't appreciate my photo taking, even though I had given her my business card and explained to her my "mission," e.g. this web site and my Facebook page.  No worries with Facebook, as I won't be publishing a write-up there...

As the photo shows, the bar and the dining room have the very definite feel of a "sports bar," as Back Alley Bowl is one of the two "sports bars" in Bishop.

Photo:  Thanks, Mimi, for taking my photo, as I pose with my "Tommy Burger" and a pint of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

Photo:  My "Tommy Burger," along with an order of fries made for a delicious meal.

My "Tommy Burger" was cooked to order - medium in my case - and included a half pound patty of beef, lettuce, tomato along with onion, on a fresh bun.  The burger was definitely "old school" as it featured "Thousand Island" dressing, with is something I absolutely love on a burger.

The food is good, the dining room has a definite "sports bar" feel to it, and the service is efficient, but not particularly friendly.  As I previously mentioned, my server wasn't at all welcoming or friendly, and she seemed too busy or preoccupied to pause to at least make me feel welcome.  The lack of friendly service left a definite bad taste in my mouth, and I won't be returning to Back Alley Bowl in the future.

Back Alley Bowl
649 N. Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514
760 873-5777

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