Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen is probably my favorite thing on the Oregon Coast. Seriously, I’m crazy about this place and the comforting, old school vibe there. I’ve never seen such a cute bowling alley in my life. If I lived on the Oregon Coast, I’d want to go to Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen all the time. The atmosphere is perfection, but guess what else? The food is exceptional. I had some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted there. Easily in the top ten–that is really saying something.
The ambiance is mid century modern with retro starbursts, turquoise blue, and lighting from the 60’s. I recognized a lamp from my childhood, I think one of my relatives had the same lamp. You can really feel the love here, people are so nice, and it’s just one of those places that generates an upbeat mood.
There are only eight lanes, and that makes it feel more intimate and cozy. There are fun little icons over each lane, and bright, happy colors. They are refurbished original lanes and machinery that were built in the 1930’s.
Benches are wooden, also built in the 30’s, and look how pretty they are. I’m not great at bowling, not at all. And that’s part of the fun with bowling, you just go and have a good time, you don’t have to be a pro-bowler. It’s a great activity for families to do something together, and it appeals to people of all ages.
When I think of bowling alley food, I think of French Fries and beer. Not organic, local, farm to table high quality food like gourmet baked goods, fresh made bread, and some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted in my life. It is making me so hungry writing about the food at Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen. I’m going through the pictures of the pizza and really wish I had access to more. Pizza that good is rare. I saw several pies go by, and they all looked fabulous, but the one we had was the tomato pizza.
There was a tray full of tomatoes there when we came in–they looked like they were fresh picked heirlooms right out of someone’s garden. And that’s exactly what the pizza tasted like. I hadn’t eaten all day and I was ravenous–I ate half the pizza! One of the people I was with said he could eat the whole pie, I don’t see how. Half just about killed me, but it was insanely good. Haven’t tasted flavor like that on a pizza in years, so much depth and those tomatoes were like the home grown tomatoes of my childhood.
They serve craft cocktails and home made cakes, gigantic cookies, and an entire menu of fabulous dishes. We tried the Garden Salad with Smoked Tomato dressing and it was delicious. The front of the bowling alley, by the kitchen, looks like a diner. You can sit at the bar, or at a table. The minute you walk in you can smell all the wonderful smells of home cooked food and it’s wonderful.
Olde Line Lanes has fun events like Spaghetti and Meatball-Bingo Night. It’s not your blue hair bingo, it draws a crowd with all different age groups, and they get into it. You’ll hear hooting and hollering, and lots of laughter. The Spaghetti looks really good too, I didn’t taste it because it had a meat sauce. It would be a great place to go for your own special occasions like a birthday. It would also be a cute date night or family night place to go.
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If I ever go back to the Oregon Coast, I am bee-lining to Old Line Lanes. And I will plan to go there more than once. It was the highlight of my trip this time, and I just can’t say enough good things about it, it’s one of the best surprises I’ve ever had on a trip. I hope there is a resurgence of vintage bowling alleys, I’m going to start looking for them on my travels now. It’s just good clean fun that is so comforting and reassuring. Find out more on the Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen WEBSITE. By the way, if you want a similar vibe in your hotel, stay at the Coho Lodge, which is just right up the road.
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