Boston Butz

Shame on you. You thought I would stoop so low as to joke about Frank’s and Sandy’s last name and say the place is owned by a couple of…but I won’t stoop. Boston Butz serves the unlikely combination of pizza and pulled pork. And surprisingly they do both well. Matter of fact, I couldn’t find anything on the menu they didn’t do well. The pulled pork is smoky and tender, as pulled pork should be. The pizza is crispy and zingy, as pizza should be. Most fans of Memphis-style barbecue will give the thumbs up to the sandwiches here. The Boston Butt is smoked for hours on end at a low temperature, keeping the meat perfectly tender. You just put on your choice of sauce and a little coleslaw to personalize your sandwich. And what’s up with the pizza? The location was originally a pizza and creamy whip joint. I guess the pizza customers kept showing up after the change, demanding pepperoni or they wouldn’t leave. So the pizza is not a sideline here. It’s given the same attention it would get in a good pizzeria. The crust is thin and crispy with a nice layer of sauce and not too much cheese. I would say they’re thin on ingredients, but that’s clearly a style choice. And the cheap pie price reflects that. OK, one joke: How many Butz does it take…. Damn. Out of space.

Boston Butz

3754 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Ross Twp.
(513) 738-3111
Prices: $4–$20
Lunch and dinner seven days

Originally published in the June 2009 issue.

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