We were celebrating Marcella's visit home for the summer as she has been living in Madrid, Spain since last September (and for two years before that in South Korea). In addition, we had a $50 gift certificate given to me by the ever so generous Gingermommy who blogs over at "Ranting Ginger".
After just over a one-hour drive (what dedication), we arrived at 5:15pm with no reservations. No problem. We were greeted by a bubbly girl and only had to wait two minutes (if that) for a table of eight (five adults, three 2-year olds). Before we made it to our table, there were two booster seats set-up (we had the choice of that or a high chair), crayons and paper ready to amuse the kids. Two minutes later, Christina arrived followed by a girl asking her if she wanted a booster or high chair. Whatever system they have for customer service, it works!
The place was starting to fill up but thankfully wasn't too warm (given all the bodies and the fact that it was 31 degree celcius outside). There were tons of kids (those parents know a good thing when they see it) and we got Katie as our server.
I know why Boston Pizza employs her, she is really good at what she does and probably likes her job (although I didn't ask). You know how you can just tell when someone doesn't. With the level of service we received, you would have thought that we were Katie's only table. Not the case but she made us feel that way.
It worked out that Katie took some of our orders before others (our decision, not hers). We were totally expecting to have a delay in the arrival of our meal, I mean, it was starting to get busy and our delay in orders was probably five minutes. Nope. Our meals all came at the same time. Magic!
We ordered three appetizers; caesar salad, nachos and goat cheese spinach dip (pictured, deadly). The last one had a "brushetta-like" topping with zing. For mains, we ordered; pasta, pizzas and chicken salad. All were tasty and arrived hot but I wish that I'd order the Tuscan and not the Greek Pizza (order envy is my specialty). We all ordered non-alcoholic beverages.
I am totally out of touch with prices for eating at sit-down establishments (like Boston Pizza) so I'll let you be the judge on price. For five adults (and three kids, we didn't order anything extra for them), it came to $105 plus tip. I'd have to think that (just over) $20 per adult is a great price! Note that we also took home enough leftovers for two adult meals. To top it off, when we were paying Katie asked us if we collected Air Miles (we do). Double Yippie!
All in all, the restaurant was clean, had a great atmosphere, was very kid friendly (we let the kids run around for a bit, yes, we're THOSE kinds of parents) and the food was exactly what I would expect from a Boston Pizza.
A big thanks to the Owners, Leslie, Rachel, Katie and Ranting Ginger for making dinner, A Meal to Remember.
We will be repeat customers!
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