Village Host PizzaSeptember 16, 2011 by: Alex
The Village Host – Lexington. 431 Old Vine Street. http://www.villagehostlex.com/ - Waitress: Meg. From Buffalo! Bitchin!
I’m always a harsh critic on a handful of things I eat for dinner. Having worked in some restaurants, especially in a pizza and wing joint in Buffalo, I criticize bar food pretty heavily. This place has a small assortment of beers on tap, things look up - happy hour $3.50 pints of Guinness. Boo ya!
They have a “Buffalo Chicken Pizza” on display while walking in. Looks good, except for the celery. I’m hooked, gunna order it. The kids have a burger and a cheese pizza. The wife orders a sausage and onion medium pizza. We order apps – Mozz Sticks and Fried Hot Perpper Rings. They come with a spicy mayo sauce.
So I down 2 pints, hand the kids a couple of dollars for the GAME ROOM and admire the layout of the place. Apps come, and we decide to chow down. The Mozz Sticks are above average. How bad can you screw up deep fried cheese? Well, you can. But they didn’t. It rocked. The fried pepper rings were also above average. They know how to deep fry. OK, now to the pizza.
Couple of decent looking pizza ovens sit nearby. The wait time was OK. The pizzas kicked butt. Decent wine list and specialty drinks too.
My Buffalo pizza had ranch sauce (no pizza sauce), chicken tossed in hot sauce, red onions, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese. Holy crap it was one of the best specialty pizzas I’ve ever had. The dough was not thin or thick – thinner than Papa Johns, thicker than Donatos. Perfect balance of tang, hot sauce and onions. (You can never have enough jalapenos).
So! On to the grades.
- Dinner: “A-” New experience, great food. Will definitely add it to our list of favorites.
- Staffing: “A” – Meg was awesome. They do that thing where they crouch down so you don’t have to strain your neck to talk to the server. Very friendly. Turns out she was a marketing major, cuz she was able to sell us on desert. Quick to get you what you needed, checked on us at the perfect times.
- Overall looks – ”A-” Place was bright and cheery. Bathrooms were clean (big plus when having kids). Small outside seating area. Place looks like it was kind of thrown together, but the game room has it’s own door (with huge glass windows so you can watch your kids!) so kids can scream their head off.
- Value for the money: “B+” $15 for a medium may seem a little high, but the pizzas were hand tossed. Well above average food, but you’ll pay for it. Good value. 4 pints of import will kill the bill.