Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Lynwood Cafe

320 Center Street, Randolph, MA 02368
(781) 963-9894 Find location!
--- Winner, Best Pizza in Boston Area, 2013 (also 2007) ---

Photo of Lynwood Cafe, Randolph, MA Everyone has a favorite pizza place in the Greater Boston area; some names that repeatedly come up are Santarpio's Pizza in East Boston, Picco in the South End, Pizzeria Regina in the North End, and Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale to name a few. But another name needs to be added to this list, though most people outside of the South Shore and southern suburbs of Boston have probably never heard of it. The place is called the Lynwood Cafe, and it is located at a deserted-looking crossroads in a rather gritty part of Randolph, and aside from being relatively little-known, the Lynwood is nearly impossible to find if you don't know the area. But for bar pizza, it may be the absolute best in the region (depending on who you ask), which makes it well worth seeking out if you like this style of pie.

While most people do takeout at the Lynwood Cafe, many others grab a table here to soak up the completely old-school atmosphere, which can only be described as something one might find in the backwoods of rural New England. The place resides on the ground floor of what looks like a multiple family dwelling, and the interior feels a bit like a VFW hall or an Elks lodge in a way. A handful of tables and booths can be found here, along with a jukebox, a couple of game-room type games toward the back, and a bar/counter area that is often piled high with pizzas that are getting ready to be picked up.

As mentioned earlier, the Lynwood Cafe makes what is called "bar pizza," which may not sound particularly interesting, but when done right, bar pies can be completely addictive (especially if you have one with a beer or two) and gone in a flash, since they are pretty small in size. Greasy, slightly chewy, and tasting almost like shortbread, these humble little pizzas are totally mind-blowing in the taste department, with the pies here (which include such toppings as hamburg and pepperoni along with baked beans--and yes, you heard right) being about as close to culinary perfection as you'll find. Indeed, locals from Randolph and the surrounding communities can often be seen leaving this tired old place with several pizzas to take back home to hungry friends and family members (and possibly to freeze for later), and those in the know who live outside of the area can also be seen making the trek to this crossroads to stock up.

The Lynwood Cafe is one of those restaurants that is usually discovered by word of mouth, but word about this place is definitely out among bar pizza lovers, and for good reason; when people talk about bar pies, this is the spot that is often considered to be head and shoulders above all the others in and around Boston.