I haven’t been to Sauced in Mercer Village in ages and I started to hear really good things recently. We popped in during a slowish Thursday night to see what the buzz was about.
We ordered a bunch of appetizers, a salad, a sandwich and three specialty slices, and everything was brought to our table as it became ready, regardless of what course it was. The first item we received was the Arcadian salad for $7.50 and it was a sublime combination of mixed greens, goat cheese, a ton of candied pecans and a poppyseed dressing. Maybe I was starving or maybe these are all my favorite things in one salad, but it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had.
The garlic knots were ready next, ooey gooey with garlic butter, a half order for just $2.99 or a full order for $5.99. Our meatball skewers were gigantic for $7.99, filled with mozzarella and drenched in marinara sauce.
Our buffalo wings were smallish but not a bad deal at $4.50 for a half dozen or $8.50 for twelve. The sandwiches are all toasted and come with chips and a pickle for $6.75. We got the chicken parm but there’s also a California sub with avocado, a Caprese BLT and one with those giant meatballs. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. you can get any of these with a drink for just $6.50.
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We were already stuffed at this point but we hadn’t even tried the pizza. All three were perfection, with thin, crispy crust, just enough cheese and plenty of toppings. We got the Pesto Chicken, the Pimento, and the Papa Do What, each for $5 even though they looked like two Siamese slices. The Papa Do What was my favorite because of the Peppadew peppers — slightly tangy, slightly sweet and slightly crunchy. Combine that with a roasted red pepper and gouda base, goat cheese and onions and you have a mighty fine slice of pizza.
The pimento cheese in the Pimento got a little lost in the rest of the cheese, but you can’t go wrong with bacon, chicken and cherry tomatoes. The Pesto Chicken is exactly what you would expect plus a nice feta to pull down that garlic. We even had both of these the next day and they were even better reheated. Macon has so many great pizza places and Sauced has proven itself to be among the very best. No matter what you order, it’s going to be good.
Address: 1635 Montpelier Ave., Macon
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday
Payment: credit card, cash
Kids menu: no
Noise level: low
Health rating: 96
Delivery service: no
Price range: $5.00-$7.50
Rating: 3 stars