by Nicki Wood
Lucy Pinson and husband, the extraordinarily prolific songwriter Bobby Pinson, have turned a love of homemade food into a menu of home-cooking favorites from their own repertoire, family recipes and friends' favorites.
Though they're still tweaking the recipes, the food just three days after their debut showed plenty of thought and care. Steak fingers were generously cut and fried crisp, served with a impressive, peppery homemade white gravy. Okra in a cornmeal coating was fried crisp and chewy. Corn muffins have a touch of jalapeno. Sour cream gives the devastatingly rich banana-less banana pudding a meltaway consistency, while crushed vanilla wafers make a crunchy counterpoint.
The Pinsons have been serving lunch on a smaller scale from a suite on Music Row and saw the need for a straightforward lunch spot in the neighborhood. "There are all these big buildings going up around here, and lots of people, and so many $18 lunches," said Bobby, who does his songwriting in a space above the restaurant.
The food is priced like meat-and-three, with an all-you-can-eat price ($12.99) for that guy in every office who can eat like that and stay thin.
Though the address is 1911 Broadway, the entrance is on Division. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and "Sing for Your Supper" on Wednesdays, when Pinson's songwriter friends and colleagues will be performing and the food will be plated and served at the tables. See weekly menus here, and get updates on Twitter, @lunchatlucys