Boston Pizza always reminds me of my late teens and early twenties. During my high school and UVic years we’d often hit up “BP” for their signature spicy perogy pizza with loads of sour cream and sinfully decadent chocolate explosion cake for dessert. It’s been a while since we visited one recently over here on the mainland, but last week we had dinner at Boston Pizza’s Fairview location on West Broadway & Birch. Not sure how we ended up there, perhaps Jim Treliving from CBC’s Dragons’ Den subliminally coerced us…Anyway, feeling nostalgic we had to order those signature items.
Boston Cheesesteak ($12.49) – Thinly sliced roast beef smothered with onions, green peppers, fresh mushrooms, cheddar and pizza mozzarella baked on a French-style bun. “Jus” on the side. Served with a choice of fries, Caesar salad or garden greens with BP’s signature sun-dried tomato balsamic vinaigrette. (Boston Pizza also offers a regular Beef Dip for only $10.99). This was an excellent “Philly Cheesesteak” type of sandwich, packed with flavour and made with a pillowy-soft bun. The only downside was that the French fries were below standards. We think their fryer oil could have used a refresh.
Spicy Perogy Pizza (Individual $10.99/ Small $16.99/ Medium $23.99/ Large $28.99) – A BP original, this individual serving made-to-order pizza had an inspired combination of sour cream, smoky bacon and BP’s Favourite Cactus Cut Potatoes with pizza mozzarella and cheddar, topped with green onion and a generous dollop of sour cream. Potatoes on pizza?! You might think that’s only found in Korea, but this Polish dumpling inspired dish is a BP staple. If you love perogies and can’t get enough of pizza, then you’ll adore this unique menu item.
Chocolate Explosion ($7.29) – The ultimate in decadence with chunks of cheesecake folded into creamy chocolate mousse, caramel, toffee, pecans and almonds on a chocolate cake crust. It’s been years since I last had this heavenly treat, but it sure stood the test of time. This BP favourite of mine was also a fav of my good friend Andrea who now bakes even better decadent dessert creations of her own. Check out her awesome website MadeWithPink.com.
FYI: Underground parking is provided (entrance off Birch Street), and this Boston Pizza location will reimburse up to $4.00. You’re required to input your license plate number (instead of stall number), and although the ticket mentions placing it on your dashboard, take it upstairs with you because Boston Pizza requires the receipt in order to reimburse your money.