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Thoughts on Mission Bowling Club [San Francisco]

free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 10, 2013 06:09 PM

I like the comfort food menu and the kitschy venue, but has anyone been? How was the food and service?

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  1. grayelf RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 10, 2013 06:30 PM

    I've been twice at happy hour for the burger. It was the alpha and omega of burgers, and the service was great both times, especially considering I was on the patio which is lovely in the daytime. It is quite loud inside, unavoidable in a bowling alley, which is partly why I chose to sit outside.

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      Thomas Nash RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 10, 2013 08:40 PM

      Burger are legend, but other offerings can also be very good. Recently there was a jerked pork sandwich with cole slaw that my wife ordered and was so good that it distracted me from the burger. Service is quick and friendly.

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        eethan RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 11, 2013 08:54 AM

        I'll chime in to say the burger is full-fat glorious, and the patio is a nice space. The fried chicken was just as good as the burger, if not quite as glamorous. They seem to keep a good beer selection on tap, as well. And the servers are friendly, even if you linger (or they are during off-hours, anyway).

        So: nothing to complain about.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 11, 2013 09:28 AM

          The burger is adapted from the labor-intensive Heston Blumenthal recipe. In its previous incarnation at Duc Loi, it was exponentially better than any other griddled burger I've had.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646756

          http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes...

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            free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2013 03:33 PM

            I remember the Duc Loi discussions. Thanks

          2. Cynsa RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 11, 2013 12:42 PM

            We've long been fans of Sommer Peterson since her Mini Bar days/nights on Divisadero and applaud the Mission Bowling Club.
            I've tried relentlessly to adore the burger since Duc Loi and twice at MBC, three times it has fallen short of expectations; first time it was fall-apart artery-clogging grease, second and third times at happy hour it was served cold - I was tempted to walk behind the bar to serve myself. Looking forward to other offerings.

            1. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 11, 2013 03:34 PM

              Thanks all. This is definitely on the list of places to try in the Mission.

              1. Absonot RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 11, 2013 03:56 PM

                I loved the burger, but hated the environment. I'd go back, but I'd definitely eat outside. Otherwise, you have to suffer through the constant noise of balls hitting pins, people cheering, etc. I know it's a bowling alley, but it was surprisingly loud in the dining area.

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                  kmah RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 12, 2013 05:42 PM

                  Their cinnamon crunchy toast dessert is the best! Also we had great service, especially since we were just getting snacks/dessert.

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                    boris_qd RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 12, 2013 08:19 PM

                    I enjoyed the fried chicken which somehow seemed to have a layer of hot sauce underneath the chicken skin. It was good but not so good that I've sought it out again. Worth trying though.

                    I'm an outlier in that I think the burger while tasty is lacking in texture - somehow it's too loose. When I had the (similar) burger at Duc Loi it seemed to have more texture (but was also a bit over salted).

                    This isn't a criticism of _just_ mission bowling but it's annoying to go to a place at 2:50 and be told that you can only order off the brunch menu. With a small child we try to catch dinner early sometimes but many places seem to push their brunch menus into the late afternoon. I want burgers and chicken, not eggs and toast. It would be nice if they just let the menus overlap after say, noon on the weekends.

                    1. Windy RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 15, 2013 08:10 PM

                      I've had the famous burger and have no idea what the fuss is about. Great drinks though.

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                        wanderlust21 RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 19, 2013 06:29 PM

                        Burger. And, I hesitate to give this away, but I've had brunch there more than a few times and have never been disappointed.

                        1. mariacarmen RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 20, 2013 09:37 AM

                          that burger is to die for. i'd be hard pressed to order anything but.

                          1. The Dive RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Apr 22, 2014 12:33 PM

                            Wow. Finally made it yesterday (my days in the city are numbered, so I am knocking things off my list), and that burger lives up to its reputation. Salty as hell, but delicious.

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                              grayelf RE: The Dive Apr 22, 2014 02:49 PM

                              Another convert ;-). I had one on Sunday, and it was sublime as usual, made even better by the rest of the patio being given over to a family celebration of a young man's 21st. Dang, they were having a great time.

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                                tjinsf RE: The Dive Apr 26, 2014 10:07 PM

                                The burger still doesn't do it for me but I'm no burger expert but the brined pork chop is one of the best I've had in SF. Nice thick cut, brined in tangy vinegar and fruit. Very large portion and not overcooked. I would go back just for that even though I don't care for the space or the concept.

                                The space still doesn't do anything for me. It's odd having to give my id at the door to eat in a bowling alley. Odder still you can't actually eat at the lanes. They try to make the dining space more intimate and warm with the drop ceiling but it just creates this odd division. Wish you could get the food while at the lanes.

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