Bostonville Sports Grille-Rte1N-(surprisingly good pizza!)
Just tried the Bostonville Sports Grille on Rt 1 northbound. Its listed as Lynn but I would think on the Saugus line. It used to be Big Dog and a bunch of other names but I never went there then. Waitress said it's related to the North Reading Big Dog and the Boston Sports Grille on Canal St (which looks like it has some Chow support when I just searched it here). So this place is a giant sports bar/restaurant/arcade/kid party place. Its actually done pretty well with of course tons of huge TV screens, but it also has TVs at all the booths with your own channel and volume controls (only a few channels and mostly sports of course). Also big leather sofas and a room with pool tables. We went out of curiousity but expecting lousy food and were very pleasantly surprised. They have a very limited menu but next week they will have 50 more items. (only opened this month). We had a veggie burger which was two big patties grilled perfectly (Gardenburger Vegan patty) with very good basic french fries with no crappy seasoned coating, for less than 8 bucks. Then tried the pizza billed as North End Style with homemade sauce. We were expecting Chucky Cheese style frozen but were way wrong! I think the pizza maker may have worked at Reginas because it was pretty much a Reginas/Revere Beach style pizza. Big, thin, deep red well salted and flavored sauce, lots of oil, good quality cheese, and probably as good or better than the Reginas we get at Polcaris in Saugus. You gotta like salt and oil though.. Although half the pizza was red onions and that half was less oil and salt. But we loved all of it. I was surprised there were so many topping choices that you could pick red or white onions! Its not the delectable breaddough crust of The Flatbread Company. Its the more standard somewhat hard crust with bubbles that we all grew up on, and my teeth cant take that anymore, but lots of people like that style. The waitress was perfect. And it was fun seeing the Sox play the Yankees there. Everytime the ball even touched wood (or is it aluminum now..) Everyone cheered like crazy. I havent even heard such sportsfan enthusiasm during Patriots Superbowl games! Then we went to the arcade and played a few games. It was fun. They have a lot of simulated ride and sports games in the arcade but also a few old video games, and skeeball and stuff for kids, with a kid party area with make your own sundaes. Not the chowest of places but a nice fun spot to add to Rte 1. The food seemed promising. Even on the limited menu, they had four types of tips. steak, chicken, turkey and lamb, and stuffed quahogs, so looks like they might be heading for some variety.