A couple of weeks back I mentioned several new restaurants that were on my radar. Well, one of them opens tomorrow and recently I was able to get a sneak preview of what is to come.

Chef Jeremy Barlow has created a sandwich shop like no other in town. As soon as you step in the door of Sloco, you won’t be able to  miss the philosophy upon which these guys operate. Clearly painted on the wall is the Sloco Declaration of Food Independence. With a focus on high quality, local, and in-season ingredients, they’re going to prove that you can get an affordable lunch that’s both quick and good for you.


Though the menu isn’t huge, it’s well thought out, and definitely has something for everyone. There are plenty of vegetarian, gluten free, and even kids’ options. We’re talking everything from vegan meatball subs to chicken salad to peanut butter.  Prices range from $3.50 (kids’ sammies) up to $8 for the Pastrami – a sub roll filled with sliced pastrami, sharp cheddar, tomato spread, garlic vinaigrette, olive oil, pickled relish, and micro herbs.

Located just a few doors down from Las Paletas and Burger Up, Sloco is sure to to be the next one on the block with a line out the door. But rest assured, that line will move fast!

Inside Sloco the line moves quickly!

When I say fast, I really mean it. On the day I visited, so did 15 of my other food blogger friends. We were all allowed to order whatever we wanted from the menu, and watched  as the guys on the line worked at lightning speed. I honestly think we were all in and out the door in less than 5 minutes.

As people start to catch on to the online ordering (which will be up and running when the doors open), things should go even quicker.

For a location that has limited parking, this is a genius idea if you ask me. You can hop online to order your meal, then when it’s ready, they’ll call or text you letting you know. Something else that’s important to point out- there is a 10 minute pick up/drop off zone right outside the front door of Sloco, making it easy to drop in, grab your sammie, and go!

Sloco’s Chicken Pesto Sandwich

You didn’t think I would write this whole post without giving you a glimpse of the food did you?

Many of the other bloggers shared a few bites of their sandwiches, so I was able to get a nibble of the Redneck Reuben and the Cordon Bleu, both very tasty. I was so in love with my own delicious Chicken Pesto Sandwich though, that I was pretty stingy and gobbled up almost the entire thing all by myself. The combination of chicken, herb pesto, marinated tomatoes and greens on sub roll was perfection to me.

So fresh and flavorful… and that  bun! It was fantastic, and I’m a pretty hard sell when it comes to bread. Even more impressive is that all of the bread (except the gluten free) is made in-house.

One final piece of advice- add a bag of the addictive Chilean Lime Avocado Oil Chips and a bottle of Mandarin Key Lime Oogave’ soda. You’re welcome :-)

Sloco 12 South

2905 12th Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37204

Mon – Sat 11 am – 3 pm

Order Online: Slocolocal.com

10 Responses to “Sloco Sammies – Local, Organic, Quick”

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    Leah — October 17, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    This place is fabulous. The chicken pesto & the chicken salad rank super high on my list. I can’t wait to go back when it opens!

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    Susan in the Boonies — October 17, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    I’ll have to give them a try!

    Thanks for the review!

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    Sloco Sammies Made Me A Sandwich Convert | à la mode — October 17, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    […] was too busy snarfing down mine to take a picture but the it was was great. Thankfully Beth of Eat. Drink. Smile had the wherewithal to take it slow so here’s her picture of the Pesto […]

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    Lori — October 17, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I know my husband is going to love this place! (And I’m sure I will too! :-P) Just 3 1/2 more weeks til we’re back in Nashville and ready to attack all our favorite restaurants. We’ve already decided we’re eating at the Silly Goose as soon as our plane lands!

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    kimu — October 19, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I was really excited to hear about the online ordering! Makes it much easier to pop over there during a work day. Planning on trying it out today :)

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    Christina — October 20, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    I always love places that cook with local ingredients. To me it’s a no-brainer, I wish more restaurants would do this.

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    Sara — October 20, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    I had the Pastrami today and my boyfriend had the Veggie Meatball – both were so scrumptious! Can’t wait to go back and try the redneck reuben. Line went super fast and we got our food quickly even though they were also working on a big online order. Thanks for always directing us to great places!

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    Sundance — October 27, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I’m impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very knlowedegable?

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    Kristen Paige — November 15, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I stopped in Sloco recently to try it out, and I was really impressed. Having lived in Los Angeles the past 12 years, I was used to the local/organic/sustainable kick. However, I was also used to that aspect of eateries being over-hyped and underwhelming – NOT the case at Sloco!! What fantastic food!! I too had the Chicken Pesto and was delighted. My sister ate the same thing, so I haven’t tasted any of the other sandwiches yet, but I’m going to venture out next time and order the Redneck Reuben. The focus on seasonal ingredients really emphasizes the importance of sourcing ingredients to Sloco. And it shows in the clearly curated menu and incredibly fresh, bold flavors. I’m with you Beth – the bread was awesome; really makes the sandwich (which is a challenge when the inside is so good). Thumbs up from me!!

    • Beth replied: — November 15th, 2011 @ 8:45 am

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed it! I’ve been craving that sandwich for a few days now, but haven’t had a chance to get over there again. Fingers crossed that my day goes as planned tomorrow & I will be in that line :-)

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