February 1st , 2013 15:11 pm Leave a comment

Boomershine Pizzeria continues family legacy in Bluff City


The front of the menu at Boomershine Pizzeria says it best with the slogan, “All great pizza is local.”

I had an opportunity to test this claim with a recent Saturday evening visit to the eatery, accompanied by my parents and a friend. We had taken advantage a rare sunny, mild January afternoon to enjoy a drive to some locations around South Holston Lake in Bristol. On our way back, we passed by this location and decided to stop for dinner.

The back of the menu also provides a brief history of this local pizza place. The restaurant has been owned and operated by Ty and Wendy Boomershine and their partner, Steve Price, since 2008. The Boomershines have a history of making great pizza that dates back 50 years to some memorable pies baked by Ty’s father, Jack Boomershine.

Customers order at the front counter before finding seating available at several booths or round tables furnished with wedge-shaped upholstered stools. Overall, the interior is simple but welcoming. The walls, which are painted maroon and beige, display some New York cityscapes in black frames. A few Sullivan East High School posters point to community pride in the local high school. A couple of large, flat-screen televisions are also mounted on the walls, and they were tuned to some football games during our visit.

We took some paper menus that were available at the front counter and found a table so we could study them at our leisure. Once we decided on our orders, we returned to the front counter to place them. The menu offers a selection of appetizers, salads, sub sandwiches, pasta and, of course, pizza.
For those interested in meal-starters, Boomershine Pizzeria offers Hot Wings (hot or hotter), as well as Breadsticks and Italian Toast. During our visit, we skipped the appetizers, but I did see a plate of Hot Wings that looked quite tempting.

Our dining party decided to order one communal pizza to share among us. The restaurant offers two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch — in its pies. Boomershine Pizzeria also offers pizza by the slice. Available toppings include pepperoni, ham, sausage, hamburger, mushroom, onion, green pepper, black olives, spinach, meatballs, jalapenos and banana peppers. The restaurant also offers specialty pizzas, including Ham and Pineapple, Buffalo Chicken, Spinach and Tomato with Alfredo Sauce and the Big Daddy, which boasts sausage, pepperoni, onions and green peppers.

We all considered several of the sub sandwiches, including the Italian Philly Cheese Steak, the Meatball Sub and the Ham & Cheese.

My dining party chose a 16-inch Buffalo Chicken Pizza. In addition, I chose to try the Steak and Bleu Salad. Other tempting salads on the menu include the Grilled Chicken Salad and the Chef Salad. My parents ordered the Spaghetti with Sauce, while my friend ordered the Chicken Alfredo over Angel Hair Pasta.

Our meals were promptly prepared and members of the staff delivered the orders to our tables. The Buffalo Chicken Pizza featured layers of melted cheese and shredded zesty chicken on a thin, hand-tossed crust. Part of the fun of dining in at Boomershine Pizzeria is the chance to see the kitchen staff preparing the pies from scratch, and hand-tossing the dough before starting work on each pie.

We were also pleased with the pasta. The marinara sauce for the spaghetti was very well balanced; sweet and delicate with a subtle hint of garlic. The rather cheesy Alfredo sauce was quite flavorful and not at all bland. The grilled chicken and ample amount of pasta made this a hearty meal.

I felt quite satisfied with my salad. The Steak and Bleu Salad featured mixed greens, halved cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese and lean, juicy, thinly-sliced steak. I made one concession to healthier eating by choosing the Tomato Italian Salad Dressing instead of the customary Blue Cheese. The fresh ingredients in this salad worked well to make this a refreshing, not-too-filling entree.

We enjoyed our visit, which gave us time to unwind and enjoy a casual meal before completing the drive home. We didn’t notice any sweets listed on the menu, but we were basically too full to indulge. If you’re a fan of the community pizzeria, consider your own visit to Boomershine Pizzeria in the near future.

AT A GLANCE: Boomershine Pizzeria, 4079 Highway 394, Bluff City. 575-7500. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Menu items range from $3.19-$16.69. Credit cards accepted. Carryout available. Selection of beers available.


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