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Please explain Boston Pizza to me

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OK, never been to one. Never had a desire. The name is weird, given that this is a Canadian company. I always assumed it was a pizza joint. Then I started seeing commercials and saw loads of non-pizza items.

What's the closest chain equivalent? Milestones? The Keg? Kelseys? Caseys?

Is there ever a reason for me to go eat at one?

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  1. Oh, I would say that you have absolutely no reason to go there! Unless your a 7 year old kid and want a different venue other than Chuck E Cheese for your next birthday!

    1. I actually think it's pretty decent for a chain (I've only had pizza there, however), but I rarely go there since there are much better non-chain local alternatives for pizza. So, if "all-better-non-chain-alternatives" happen to be closed, then I suppose that's a reason to go. Otherwise, I guess not.

      1. I like going to the one around here (in Tempe AZ) for late night eats since they're one of the only places open until 3 AM. The pizza is certainly edible, the appetizers are OK, don't dare touch anything else on the menu. People have tried other things, and they've been disappointed every time.

        1. Thanks, all. I guess that answers the question of "will I ever go there?". :)

          1. And it has nothing to do with pizza from Boston.

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            1. re: Karl S

              That's for sure.

              THIS is pizza in Boston:

              Santarpio's

              http://www.roadfood.com/photos/mini_9...

              Regina's

              http://static.flickr.com/46/139215627...

            2. Yeah, it's just another Canadian corporate chain restaurant that happens to make a bunch of pizzas. Some are just OK, some are awful.

              I've eaten there a bunch because they are one of the few places close to my office. A few of their non-pizza menu items are OK, but I would never go there of my own volition. And certainly never for pizza when there are so many good local pizza places in just about every town.

              1. I was at a division meeting in Canada about a year and a half ago. I have a very limited diet and, unfortunately, no one made any provisions for me to actually eat while I was stranded on a college campus for the week's worth of meetings. I wound up ordering from Boston Pizza some pasta and salmon, that they were more than willing to adjust to meet my dietary needs. It was pretty good. Considering this was my only food during the day, on some days, I may be more forgiving of it, but it was pretty good overall. I did order from them more than once.