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Beech Grove Bowl 95 N. 2nd Ave. Beech Grove Indiana

Going to a bowling alley just to have lunch probably isn’t commonplace. However, as usual, there is a story behind it. Last week a blogger friend and I were chatting,online,about the virtues of old-time drug store cheese burgers. She asked if they were similar to those found in a bowling alley. Well I don’t recall ever eating in a bowling alley so I had no point of reference. I did tell her, half-joking my mission would be to find an alley that sold cheeseburgers. Later in the week a friend called me and suggested that we give Beech Grove Bowl a try. Of course he had never been there,but he had friends who said that they offered a pretty good pizza and calzone. Well I usually trust his opinion on most things culinary so I thought it was worth a try.

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We had a nice talk with Scott,the owner. He has worked there over 20 years before buying the joint 5 years ago. He spent a great deal of time and effort sampling different crusts, and sauces before he settled on just the right combo. And in our opinion the effort was worth it.

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As for my calzone it was definitely the highlight of the lunch. They make them from a 10 inch dough round that they proof and then bake in an impinging oven with a conveyor. It is offered for $7.99 with up to 3 toppings. The result is delicious. They brush the whole thing with garlic butter and the result is at least as good as Three Wise Men; and cheaper.

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As for the rest of the menu it is pretty much what you expect at most pub and grubs. I am including a link to their site.

I also got a cheeseburger. After all that was the reason for my search.

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There isn’t a whole lot to say about it. A one-third pound patty cooked to well done,topped with a single slice of American and placed on a rather generic bun. Not bad but overpriced at $5.50. I think a better deal would be a BBQ or a Sloppy Joe sandwich,they are both under $4.

So I think this place might be a place to go for a pizza or definitely a calzone. Even if you don’t bowl they have pin ball and Golden Tee Golf. They also deliver,and as Pat already said,they have beer. It is about a 13 mile trip for me and I really think it would be a place to go back to.

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7 responses

  1. You did it! So much for the burger; American cheese always looks like plastic to me. But the pizza and calzone did look ymmy. Much better than you’d guess for a bowling alley. No beer for you? I hope your friend liked his, too. Not Pat? What’s hardest to believe is that Scott has worked there for over 20 yrs. Can a bowling alley have good benefits, insurance, 401K? Or is it a nice place to work and then immediately play when your shift is over? It might be nice to work somewhere where the goal is fun!

    January 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    • Yeah I really expected the food to be like Drive In Theater grub. Boy I was pleasantly surprised. Oh I had a couple of pint cans of Bud Light for $3.50,Pat had a Killian’s Red for $3.25. I can see myself having a calzone and a couple of beers while playing a round of Golden Tee. I have friends other than Pat. The guy that recommended this spot has had lunch with us a few times. I think Scott may have worked there in addition to a “real job”;because he mentioned experience managing other big pizza joints.You nailed it about the cheeseburger. Overpriced.

      January 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    • Hello, Kerbey.
      I am Scott Seach, the owner of Beech Grove Bowl. And, Actually, yes… A bowling center CAN be a place to make a career. I started here in 1995 as a front desk employee. But after immersing myself in the bowling business, I quickly decided I wanted to make this my career. I told the owner shortly after starting here that I would be the person that buys it from him. And, in 2010, I did just that!

      As for benefits, I offer vacation pay and a company matched retirement plan for my employees!

      November 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

      • Food, fun, and music beats cubicle life any day!

        November 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm

  2. This is the second calzone I’ve read about this week and I am now craving one badly! That pizza doesn’t look bad either! 😛

    January 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

    • I can only comment on these and the ones at 3 Wise Men in Broad Ripple. So… Ripple is closer to you,unless you and Mister are bowlers.

      January 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    • Hello, Joey.

      No to brag, but I can promise you that a trip down to Beech Grove Bowl for a calzone is definitely worth the drive. AND, we do have them available 24 hours a day!

      November 22, 2017 at 8:23 am

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