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Bosco'z Serves Up Some Summer Treats

The new burger restaurant downtown is also good for an ice cream pit stop.

Summer isn’t really summer until the heat is melting your ice cream down your arm, faster than you can eat it.

So on Thursday afternoon, when it was still 90 degrees after 6 p.m., it was Bosco’z Burgerz to the rescue. This new restaurant took the place of Foster’s Freeze at Pacheco Boulevard and Haven Street, downtown. It opened in May and has had a steady stream of customers, happy that the location is home to a similar eatery.

Aside from the standard menu items such as burgers, hot dogs and crinkly “friez,” Bosco’z (named after the owner Dennis Davis’ pit bull, whose charming visage greets customers from the sign) has soft-serve ice cream and some interesting milkshakes on the menu.

Pineapple milkshakes are not something you can order every day. The milkshake selection is more varied than the ice cream, which was available in vanilla, chocolate and a combination of both. No paper cups here - the ice cream is served on an old-fashioned cone.

This location is a throwback to simpler times, and has been a gathering spot for teens since the 1960s. It’s nice to go out to eat and be at an original restaurant, not a chain, one of dozens of identical franchises all the way from here to New York.

The only drawback so far to stopping in for a meal is Bosco’z accepts cash only, so be prepared.  Because it is close to downtown, there are ATMs nearby, but it is better to know first.

suzi romack July 25, 2011 at 01:09 AM
i love the family very much. I think what they have done with the old Foster Freeze is GREAT. It looks great and does bring back great memories. The pricing is more then i can afford though.
Chris Kapsalis July 25, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Be very careful what you sign when getting a credit card or atm machine, check verification machine for your business. Read the fine print, very fine print, probably 8 point font, very carefully for a 4 year commitment. Many small businesses fail after one year. Banks will sick the collection dogs on you for the other three years of payment if you go out of business. Talk about kicking you when you are down.
Jim Mannion July 25, 2011 at 05:29 AM
I'll have to throw in a vote for the new Smoky D's hamburger - we had the pulled pork sandwich and burger on Friday night, and they were both awesome. I love seeing new places like Creek Monkey, Smokey D's, and Bosco'z downtown! Add in the renovations to the pool and library, and it seems like there is some great momentum down there.
Linda Meza July 25, 2011 at 02:39 PM
I haven't eaten there, yet, but all anyone needs to do is look at their own register receipts from recent grocery trips. I am sure the owners are being as competitive as they can but we're not talking Mickey D's or BK. People are buying nostalgia, high school memories, an experience, every bit as much as they are buying a burger. Boscoz's customer base should be much wider than the immediate neighborhood. Which by the way houses some pretty fine properties and single people who bought cheap in order to get a stake in the real estate game. Electronic payment is convenient for people like me who don't carry cash. But like my Friday night trip to Smokey D's it just meant a quick trip to the ATM and back. I was a bit put out but it's a new business. I'd much rather congratulate the respective owners, thank them for investing in our city, patronize them when I can and chat them up so others follow suit.
Chris Kapsalis July 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM
We finally went to Bozco'z yesterday for a try and it is closed on Mondays. I was even going to pay them on Tuesday for a cheeseburger! Will try again for sure. I need to know who has the best burger in Martinez. So we went to the creek Monkey. Great place. We both really liked the Cheese burgers and they are determined to get it right. They all ready have. Love the patio right on the creek, yet I can see the homeless will be an issue. I told the owner you will never make everyone happy, or get it right every time, but he is very serious about making each visit a positive one for customers. I really like it. It's a fun place for sure. And I finally got to see a few innings of a Giants game on a big flat screen right behind Becky. (Oh and Becky loved the beer and I loved my root beer!!!!!!!! ) I haven't watched tv since 2003 and the pathetic loss to the Angels. I also gave up on TV that day, now I might want a tv again. no. not really.

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