Slim & Husky (Buchanan Arts District)

I think the pizza is the ultimate comfort food. Simple as that.

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slim & husky

worth the wait

Will Slim & Husky be part of my Pizza special? Yes. Yes it will. It's a unique location with a familiar concept: choose a layout, or build your own pizza. It ain't an original idea but it's the idea done right. They have created an environment that truly identifies with it's roots. That's what I LOVE. Show me a restaurant that is delicious but has sacrificed its identity to make it and I will be disappointed. Show me a restaraunt that is not only good but has a story and culture behind it, that's a win. 

interior. at night they got movies playing

interior. at night they got movies playing

Be willing to wait in a line when you come. They got one. Without a doubt. (They did tell me Wednesdays are slow days so go then if you are in a rush). The wait is worth it. Toppings aren't anything super special, but it's that sauce that does it for me. Particularly the spicy red sauce. I got that the first time. This time I opted for the pesto and it was still good. I just love building my own pizza without someone nickel and diming me for every little thing.

interior.

interior.

So i'll get out of the way what I did not like - the bread. But look, it isn't bad! It isn't the best you've ever had either. It does not matter though because that's not the reason you come here. You come here to be with friends. You come here to feel like you are part of something bigger. It's the vision that started this place that resonates with the world we all dream to be a part of. 

"he makes dough, but don't call him dough boy" - paraphrased signage.

"he makes dough, but don't call him dough boy" - paraphrased signage.

I want to take a moment and introduce what food is really all about. It's a language. It's a means to a bigger goal. Every notable restauranteur I have met has had some greater goal than just feed the masses. Slim & Husky has that story - and it's a good one. The story of three people, getting together to create an iconic neighborhood establishment that not only makes delicious food, but employs those from the community - with the greater goal to build up the youth. They are invested in the future. They are in the business of changing peoples lives, and making some dang good pizza while doing so.

eat it up!

eat it up!

I got the California Love, with half chicken and half salmon, husky size. Essentially you got two sizes, Slim & Husky. I have seen ZERO people order Slim both times I went (who doesn't want pizza for breakfast??). Most people get theirs stacked and add cheese on top to melt all over it. In order to take a picture of something pretty, I decided against it.  

PIZZA

PIZZA

Delicious. Toppings are roasted perfectly through the oven. It's just a solid pizza. It isn't anything super unique but it gets the job done. You are buying into this communal table cultural experience. Eat at a place where you can talk to those next to you. A place where meeting new people is encouraged.

my smile in form a food

my smile in form a food

When people get together to make the world a better place, others typically join in. It only takes one to create a difference. Who knew that pizza could bring a community together? Well done Slim & Husky. Much love.

outside wall decor

outside wall decor

Location: 1006 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208

Five Points Pizza (East Nashville)

I crave pizza about 70% of my waking days. That and Asian food. Yeah they aren't related at all but it's what the body wants! (not what it needs). So when the gracious locals said to check out Five Points Pizza, I couldn't say no.

As soon as I walked up I knew this was going to be something good. I look for organization and something different when I check out new places. The sign was well lit, and the restaurant was divided between carry-out and sit down. That took some foresight. Now if you ordered a pizza, you wouldn't have to be crammed in the dining space awkwardly looking at the guy eating right next to you (more on that later). 

Dining Area

Dining Area

Now on to the food. I tend never to let myself get to extreme hunger mode but today was an unusual day. Sat down, asked for water (with no ice), and immediately ordered the Garlic Knots. Why? Because you can immediately tell how a restaurant will be from their Garlic Knots. This is fact.

The Garlic Knots

The Garlic Knots

They weren't delicious. They weren't gross. They were just good. The bread lacked that soft, melt in your mouth sort of texture that the garlic knot should possess. The bread was just too oily. The plate was covered in it. All that caused the marinara to just roll off the Knot. Unless applied with a spoon or fork, you definitely weren't dipping it. I wish the bread itself contained more butter within it. Instead of pouring the fat on top, incorporating it may have been a wiser choice.

Either way, we quickly let those be and waited anxiously for our pizza. So some rules here: you can split pretty much any pizza except for the Brooklyn and the Old World. That means you can take your picky-eater friend out here. Besides that, you have free reign. We opted to go with the Vodka Sauce pizza and the T-Rex. 

Vodka (left), T-Rex (Right)

Vodka (left), T-Rex (Right)

Just look at it. Immediately you are like "yeah. that's gonna be good", and if you said that, you would have been correct. It was delicious. Best pizza award? nah, but for feeding all 3 of us while still being delicious it deserves some praise. the Vodka Sauce pizza had a unique flavor to it. It carried prosciutto, basil and mushrooms that all married so well. The T-Rex, as you can frankly guess, was packed with meats. The sausage carried that distinct pizza sausage flavor, but wasn't the only thing you could taste. My one and only complaint, and this may be a deal breaker for many of you, is that the crust was almost there. I think that's what really held me back. 

Now this is just the first time. I am looking forward to going back (I heard the Stromboli is magnificent). Do I recommend this place? For sure. I would definitely say that my visit there was worth it. Great toppings, amazing variety (something for everyone!), perfect price point and awesome vibes make it a worthwhile dinner spot to kick back. Pizza lovers rejoice!

Half and Half

Half and Half