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.