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A small, thin-crust pepperoni pizza has cheese almost to the charred edge. It sits on white paper on a round aluminum tray.
A pepperoni pizza at Town Spa in Stoughton.
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Where to Eat South Shore Bar Pizza

Great examples of the regional specialty can be found around southeastern Massachusetts and beyond

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A pepperoni pizza at Town Spa in Stoughton.
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There is nothing quite like South Shore bar pizza. The buttery, cracker-thin crust. The cheese — usually a mix of cheddar and mozzarella — that stretches all the way to the outer reaches of the dough and touches the pan as it cooks inside a deck oven to form a crispy, lacy edge. What used to be served in South Shore bars as a means to inspire more drinking has, over many decades, transformed into the main event. Everyone has their favorite spot, and like with any other regionally specific food, apocryphal origin stories abound. It doesn’t matter who invented bar pizza, though — it just matters that it exists.

Here are 10 of the best bar pizza joints in the area. (Before getting angry that a non-South Shore restaurant is listed first, please note that the map is organized from north to south, not ranked. That said, that non-South Shore restaurant makes really good South Shore pizza.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hot Box

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1 Bow Mkt Wy Unit 6
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 284-9600
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Hot Box is a relative newcomer to the game, having opened in late 2018. This Bow Market purveyor — which also serves North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches — features an homage to the wildly popular pickle pizza at Town Spa in Stoughton (more on that below), only its version is also topped with hot peppers.

A South Shore-style pepperoni bar pizza, studded with pieces of feta, sits in a cardboard pizza box. The pizza has a charred edge.
Pepperoni pizza from Hot Box in Somerville.
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2. Hoey's Pizza

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9 Amvets Ln
Randolph, MA 02368
(781) 963-7171
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Hoey’s is tucked inside the American Veterans Post in Randolph and features a number of excellent bar pies, including specialties such as the Irish pie (bacon and potatoes), and a version topped with baked beans.

3. Lynwood Cafe

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320 Center St
Randolph, MA 02368
(781) 963-3100
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There are plenty of South Shore bar pizza acolytes who’d tell you that Lynwood is the cream of the crop. It would be hard to argue with those people. It’s a great place to drink a beer and an even better place to eat a hamburger and onion pizza. Planning to travel? Lynwood offers half-baked pizzas to freeze and finish cooking elsewhere.

4. Town Spa

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1119 Washington St
Stoughton, MA 02072
(781) 344-2030
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Like Lynwood, Town Spa has its fair share of enthusiastic followers. Its most iconic pizza is topped with pickles. (It sounds weird; it is a little weird; it is also delicious.) Locals will tell you to dip your pizza in the restaurant’s popular honey mustard. Town Spa also offers mail-order pizza, which is a nice treat for anyone who’s moved away from the South Shore.

Two South Shore-style bar pizzas with thin, charred crusts sit on round aluminum trays on old-school paper placements covered with ads.
Pepperoni and cheese pizzas at Town Spa in Stoughton.
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5. Poopsie's

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243 Church St # A
Pembroke, MA 02359
(781) 826-5282
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Stop laughing at the name. Stop it! A Pembroke gem, Poopsie’s opened in the 1970s and has been turning out some of the best bar pies on the South Shore ever since. Note: These babies have almost cracker-thin crusts, even more than the other pizzas on this map.

Overhead view of four small, thin-crust bar-style pizzas with pepperoni and other toppings on an aluminum counter in a restaurant kitchen.
Several Poopsie’s pizzas.
Poopsie’s

6. O'Toole's Pub

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24 Raynor Ave
Whitman, MA 02382
(781) 447-0344
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Nothing says pizza like an Irish pub, am I right? The lacy, crunchy, cheesy edge is an exemplar of the genre. Pastrami and pickle is the play here.

A charred cheese pizza sits on red-and-white checkered paper on a wooden restaurant table.
Cheese pizza at O’Toole’s Pub in Whitman.
O’Toole’s Pub

7. Venus Cafe

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47 South Ave
Whitman, MA 02382
(781) 447-0494
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Established in the mid-1960s, Venus is a heavyweight of the genre. Get the mushroom.

8. Cape Cod Cafe

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979 Main St
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 583-9420
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Cape Cod Cafe, established way back in 1939, claims to be the original South Shore bar pizzeria. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t — either way, it makes exceptional bar pizza, and that’s all that matters. It has four locations now, and you can probably find its pizza in the freezer of your nearest grocery store. Hit the original location in Brockton, though.

9. J’s Flying Pizza

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815 South St
Bridgewater, MA 02324
(508) 697-8631

J’s has been serving bar pizza in Bridgewater since the 1970s. Its specialty pizzas include a taco pizza that feels like a perfect match for burnt cheese and a crispy thin crust.

10. Smitty's Pub & Pizza

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445 Bay St
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 822-1208

Another Irish Pub, another very solid spot for South Shore bar pizza.

1. Hot Box

1 Bow Mkt Wy Unit 6, Somerville, MA 02143
A South Shore-style pepperoni bar pizza, studded with pieces of feta, sits in a cardboard pizza box. The pizza has a charred edge.
Pepperoni pizza from Hot Box in Somerville.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hot Box is a relative newcomer to the game, having opened in late 2018. This Bow Market purveyor — which also serves North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches — features an homage to the wildly popular pickle pizza at Town Spa in Stoughton (more on that below), only its version is also topped with hot peppers.

1 Bow Mkt Wy Unit 6
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Hoey's Pizza

9 Amvets Ln, Randolph, MA 02368

Hoey’s is tucked inside the American Veterans Post in Randolph and features a number of excellent bar pies, including specialties such as the Irish pie (bacon and potatoes), and a version topped with baked beans.

9 Amvets Ln
Randolph, MA 02368

3. Lynwood Cafe

320 Center St, Randolph, MA 02368

There are plenty of South Shore bar pizza acolytes who’d tell you that Lynwood is the cream of the crop. It would be hard to argue with those people. It’s a great place to drink a beer and an even better place to eat a hamburger and onion pizza. Planning to travel? Lynwood offers half-baked pizzas to freeze and finish cooking elsewhere.

320 Center St
Randolph, MA 02368

4. Town Spa

1119 Washington St, Stoughton, MA 02072
Two South Shore-style bar pizzas with thin, charred crusts sit on round aluminum trays on old-school paper placements covered with ads.
Pepperoni and cheese pizzas at Town Spa in Stoughton.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Like Lynwood, Town Spa has its fair share of enthusiastic followers. Its most iconic pizza is topped with pickles. (It sounds weird; it is a little weird; it is also delicious.) Locals will tell you to dip your pizza in the restaurant’s popular honey mustard. Town Spa also offers mail-order pizza, which is a nice treat for anyone who’s moved away from the South Shore.

1119 Washington St
Stoughton, MA 02072

5. Poopsie's

243 Church St # A, Pembroke, MA 02359
Overhead view of four small, thin-crust bar-style pizzas with pepperoni and other toppings on an aluminum counter in a restaurant kitchen.
Several Poopsie’s pizzas.
Poopsie’s

Stop laughing at the name. Stop it! A Pembroke gem, Poopsie’s opened in the 1970s and has been turning out some of the best bar pies on the South Shore ever since. Note: These babies have almost cracker-thin crusts, even more than the other pizzas on this map.

243 Church St # A
Pembroke, MA 02359

6. O'Toole's Pub

24 Raynor Ave, Whitman, MA 02382
A charred cheese pizza sits on red-and-white checkered paper on a wooden restaurant table.
Cheese pizza at O’Toole’s Pub in Whitman.
O’Toole’s Pub

Nothing says pizza like an Irish pub, am I right? The lacy, crunchy, cheesy edge is an exemplar of the genre. Pastrami and pickle is the play here.

24 Raynor Ave
Whitman, MA 02382

7. Venus Cafe

47 South Ave, Whitman, MA 02382

Established in the mid-1960s, Venus is a heavyweight of the genre. Get the mushroom.

47 South Ave
Whitman, MA 02382

8. Cape Cod Cafe

979 Main St, Brockton, MA 02301

Cape Cod Cafe, established way back in 1939, claims to be the original South Shore bar pizzeria. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t — either way, it makes exceptional bar pizza, and that’s all that matters. It has four locations now, and you can probably find its pizza in the freezer of your nearest grocery store. Hit the original location in Brockton, though.

979 Main St
Brockton, MA 02301

9. J’s Flying Pizza

815 South St, Bridgewater, MA 02324

J’s has been serving bar pizza in Bridgewater since the 1970s. Its specialty pizzas include a taco pizza that feels like a perfect match for burnt cheese and a crispy thin crust.

815 South St
Bridgewater, MA 02324

10. Smitty's Pub & Pizza

445 Bay St, Taunton, MA 02780

Another Irish Pub, another very solid spot for South Shore bar pizza.

445 Bay St
Taunton, MA 02780

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