725 29th Street South between 7th Alley North and 7th Alley South
Birmingham, AL 35223
Laura suggested we go to Slice one Friday evening, and I was totally game, seeing as though a friend had mentioned to me that Slice was a tasty option. We went on the early side which was wise because as we were leaving, the place was packed out and there were tons of folks waiting. Good that wasn’t us.
I’m not really sure about the parking situation…it’s not the best in Lakeside in general. It appeared as though valet was an option, but I parked on the street because I don’t like valet, and I saw the street space before the valet anyway. Slice might have its own lot.
Seating-wise, there was a roomy outdoor space as well, but the two of us elected to sit inside. I must say that I do dig old houses/establishments that have been converted into modern businesses. Just recently, I paid a visit to Avondale Brewing Company for the first time, and I really adored that building.
This slightly raggedly-looking employee seated us at probably the crappiest table in the old house that is Slice. So yeah, this table was a wee two top, in the middle of an area that was right next to the bar where patrons were sitting and where the staff order their drinks. It was not appealing to me. And there was an empty table in the same section that was next to the window. Argh! I was 99% about to request a different table but didn’t. “Rise above,” I told myself. I decided to put it behind me and focus on the meal and having a dandy time.
Our waiter was a low talker like in that Seinfeld episode. I couldn’t hear him very well. I think he was going on about beers, but I couldn’t hear anything which all worked out for the best because I didn’t want any beer. Yes, I should mention that Slice is all about the Alabama beers; they even had a cool art print of Vulcan holding up a bottle of beer. Beermingham, indeed.
Both Laura and I opted to begin our meals with salads, the spinach salad to be more precise ($6 for a side). This bacon-fied side came with good old bacon, caramelized onion, some slices of mushrooms, a bit of hardboiled egg, and bacon vinaigrette. My only wish was for more bacon. Thumbs up to the salad.
It took some time for Laura and I to mutually decide on a pie. Not that we had radically different preferences, but there were several pizzas that tempted us. Eventually we settled on the Basic Pesto ($17) because it featured Alabama goat cheese. Goat cheese always elevates your edibles to a higher level. And how can you go wrong with house Italian sausage, red onions, and roasted peppers? The answer is that you cannot. We both adored this pie and wished that the pizza were larger so that we could eat more slices.
Laura and I were in agreement that Slice was heaps better than the disappointment known as Bettola. We were quite satisfied. Capping off the dinner, we headed to Steel City Pops for dessert. Gingerbread popsicle…oh yeah!