The original pizza joint and its thin crust delights came about in 1976, but the vibe you get when you
Mind you, I know of at least one change that must have happened at one point. Cavanaugh uses roller ovens - most chain operations do, too - instead of the old flat gas-powered ovens you needed the paddles for back in the day. I recall those fondly - I worked at the Pizza Inn in Russellville when the ovens were changed out, and though it's not a big difference it is still, indeed, a difference. I think the main reason Cavanaugh manages to keep the same sort of flavor is because it's throwing its crusts really, really thin.
But I digress.
The other wave of nostalgia comes from the selection of toppings and their variations - which also means I need to tell you about my two favorite pies. Cavanaugh's does a mean Taco pie with real, all-beef seasoned taco meat. It comes just like it did when the pizza first started making waves in the early 80s - with shredded yellow American cheese, lettuce and tomato laid over a cooked base of taco meat, a little taco spice on the marinara and mozzarella. The crispy crust just adds to the crunch needed to pull off such an endeavor. The pizza comes to the table with taco sauce, too.
I can dig it.
In fact, the only out-of-place pizza on the specialty menu is a spinach alfredo - which is really more of a 90s thing, but I'll overlook it.
Cavanaugh's also keeps alive another 80s innovation - the pizza buffet - and does so really well. There are few places where you can get all the pizza, salad and drinks you want for under $8 (kids under 10 can also have the buffet, assessed at 60 cents per year of age). It's not just pizza and salad - there are also enchiladas, chicken pot pie, pasta and a couple of soups. The buffet is available every day at lunch and Sunday through Thursday nights for dinner.
Check out this classic Arkansas restaurant by heading to 3111 Cavanaugh Road on the south side of Fort Smith (off the US 71 exit west of I-540). You should also take a gander at the restaurant's Facebook page for coupons before you go. And if you want to place a delivery order, call (479) 646-2996.
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