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Lost in the Belhaven Triangle: Basil’s 904

Over the past several years, I’ve spent a lot of time in Belhaven, and have become pretty familiar with the restaurant landscape. At least, I thought I was familiar. The truth is that I probably spent more time drinking than eating out here–Saturday afternoon beer pitchers, nights at the pub, and Sunday margaritas on the patio.

I stopped looking at menus. “Who needs menus?” I thought. “I know where I am!” (Not necessarily true) “I’ve memorized this menu!” (Definitely not true) “I practically wrote this menu!” (A blatant, drunken lie.)

My bearings were off. I was traveling in circles. I was lost in the mythic Belhaven Triangle. Little did I realize that fantastic menu changes were happening all around me. Thankfully, I know that now, and hopefully I can help you, fellow Belhaven traveler, discover new and amazing dishes that’ll help you soak up all that beer.

Basils904-PepperoniPizzaHere’s what you likely already know: Basil’s 904 (AKA Basil’s of Belhaven) is one of three Basil’s locations in Jackson, but it’s the only one that serves dinner as well as lunch. What you also may not know is that in addition to their standard panini, pasta, and salad fare, they’ve added a mouthwatering selection of wood-fired pizzas to their menu. Basil’s pizzas are recognizable on sight by their distinct football-like shape, cut in a zig-zag pattern to create long, thin slices. You’ve got your standard Cheese/Pepperoni/Meatball options, but the menu is rounded out with signature pizzas unique to the restaurant.

On my first visit, I went with a classic Margherita (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, roasted tomatoes.) I figured that if you can’t get this right, then the rest isn’t worth trying. I’m happy to say that not only did they get it right, they knocked it out of the park. The fresh basil aroma hits you before the pie hits the table, the sauce is zesty, and the thin, crispy crust is on par with the best that NYC has to offer. (And yeah, I’ve had that pizza too.)

Basils904-BelhavenPizzaMy second pizza excursion was a bit more adventurous – this time, I tried the Belhaven. This baby features creamy pesto sauce, chicken, artichoke hearts, asparagus, and mushrooms. Along with my dining companion, I polished off the entire thing, and I regret nothing.

The prices range from $11-$16, so you can find the perfect pie to fit your budget. And as the owner/head chef Nathan Glenn helpfully suggested – leftovers are best reheated in the oven at 450 degrees for five minutes.

He was, of course, wasting his time. I didn’t have any leftovers.

Food: Fantastic, fresh, and creative.

Atmosphere: Classic Italian Bistro – low-lit, red and white checked tablecloths, and bakery counters. Cool rockabilly may be playing, though, instead of the beloved Rat Pack.

Service: A good pizza takes a little time, but it’s worth the short wait.

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Basil’s 904
904 E Fortification
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 352-2002

Have you tried the new wood-fired pizza menu at Basil’s 904 in Belhaven? What was your favorite pizza? Tell us in the comments below! 

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63 Responses to Lost in the Belhaven Triangle: Basil’s 904

  1. Sharon April 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Its hard to go wrong with wood fired pizza. Can’t wait to try this spot out!

  2. Megan April 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I already love Basil’s, but I’ll have to go back soon to try the pizza!

  3. Tracy April 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    The paninis are great. Now I will have to branch out and try the pizza!

  4. Lisa April 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Sounds great! I put this on my list of places to try.

  5. Tara April 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Love Basil’s!! Cant Wait to try the pizza!

  6. Leigh April 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Since I work downtown and live in Ridgeland, Basil’s is always a lunch spot for me, but now, I’ll have to pick-up a pizza after work to bring home. Sounds delicious!

  7. Katie April 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Can’t wait to try their pizzas!

  8. Cody April 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Dis make my tummy happy

  9. Karen April 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Looks like a great place to try!

  10. Laura James April 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    hmmmm, I love pizza. I will definitely have to try this soon.

  11. Will April 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Another great pizza spot to add to the list for Jackson

  12. Kasey April 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I’ve eaten my fair share of the Basil’s 904 pizzas, and I have yet to be disappointed! Their lunch menu is one of my favorites in the downtown area

  13. Amber April 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I absolutely love the fresh sandwiches at Basil’s, but I have never tried the pizza. I didn’t even know that Basil’s in Belhaven was open for dinner. I’m glad to know this because it’s always great to have another dinner option. Not to mention, the pizza looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  14. james bowley April 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    i enjoy basi’s every time i go and need to go again soon!

  15. Allison April 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Basils in Belhaven is one of my favorites. Don’t forget that you can brown bag!!!

  16. Mary Alice April 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Must try their pizzas!

  17. Lacey April 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I was just talking about their pizza last night….almost went there, but two in our group had pizza for lunch. Can NOT wait to try it!

  18. Marissa April 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Basil’s pizzas look and taste too delicious! Thanks, EatJxn, for reminding me to stop by this weekend!

  19. Peter April 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Love the Paninis. Gotta try the pizza.

  20. Sherlie Andrews April 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I saw pizzas on the menu last time I was there… was tempted to try one. Now I will certainly give in to the temptation!!

  21. Ashleigh April 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Love Basil’s!

  22. Amy April 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Looks like we’ll have to go and try their pizza now! Can’t wait!

  23. Bill Shearer April 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Had no idea they had pizza there. It’s obviously been way to long since I’ve been there. You definitely just earned them a visit from me.

  24. Claire April 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Looks great! Had no clue they had pizza

  25. coleen April 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Basil’s is going on our Pizza list!!

  26. Jackie April 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Ive heard nothing but good things about Basil’s pizza!

  27. Ronnie April 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Love the Pizza at Basils. It’s my favorite.

  28. Amelia S. April 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Looks amazing! I currently can’t have dairy because my son who I’m nursing is sensitive to it but I cannot wait to be able to try this.

    • Nathan Glenn April 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Im working on a whole line of cheeseless pizzas, at the mean time just ask one of our servers to leave off the cheese they are still awesome!
      Thanks,
      Nathan Glenn

  29. GC April 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    OH my GOODNESS! The pizza looks incredible.

  30. Brandon April 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    That looks delicious!

  31. Matt April 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Looks like I know where I’m going for dinner.

  32. Candice April 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Sold! I love Basil’s now I will have to try their pizza!

  33. Chloe April 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    And Thursdays is a college night 15 % off !

  34. Betsy April 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I love their panini’s…. making me hungry

  35. Liz April 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Love basil!

  36. Rinna April 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Oh my that sounds delish…gotta try the Belhaven!

  37. alex April 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Elvis pizza anyone

  38. Anthony April 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    I need to try that

  39. Gaurav April 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I like the pizza here!

  40. susan April 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    the belhaven pizza rocks! love to eat lunch here.

  41. Nyssa April 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I love non chain local pizza.

  42. Elizabeth Miller April 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Their BBQ pizza is wonderful too! Also, they rarely have it, but their roasted red pepper and smoked Gouda cheese soup is to die for!! If you are ever visiting the restaurant when it is the soup of the day, you MUST try it!!

  43. Chris April 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Being from the northeast, this is one the few pizzas that makes me feel at home.

  44. Caroline April 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Basils rocks! My parents go there all the time… And they are super picky! I love it too!

  45. Caroline April 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Basils rocks! My parents go there all the time… And they are super picky! I love it too!

  46. Lynne April 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Sounds great!! My mouth is watering…can’t wait to try it!!!

  47. Christen April 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Didn’t know Basils had pizza. These look amazing!

  48. Carly April 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Mmmm pizza! Always a good choice!

  49. Laura April 6, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    YUM!!! I haven’t been to Basil’s in a while. It’s time to go back an try their pizza!!!

  50. Bob Wilson April 11, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    I had no idea about the pizza’s. Can’t wait to give them a try.

  51. Eddie April 11, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Had the pizza last Friday on our first visit to Basil’s. Great pizza and nice family-friendly atmosphere. And don’t forget, a nice selection of brew’s, too!!

  52. Hilary Zimmerman April 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Kudos to Nathan and Megan Glenn. Best pizza ever! Great place for family gatherings. Super friendly staff. Proud to be in Belhaven!

  53. Corey April 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    How long has this place been around and why have I never heard of it before?? Thanks for the write-up to keep us all informed.

  54. Jordan Mason April 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    So gad to know there is a new pizza place to try out!

  55. Sam April 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Didn’t think Basils could get any better, and then they started making the best pizzas in town! They are DELICIOUS, especially the 904!

  56. Jan Richardson April 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Great to know-thanks for the review.

  57. Venessia April 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I gotta check this place out!

  58. WHITNEY BOLEN April 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    YUM! THANKS FOR THIS STORY!

  59. Jessica Wilkinson April 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Can’t wait to try the new pizzas!

  60. Katy April 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    love basils dont go often enough!

  61. Jessica June 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I love everything Basil’s 904 serves — the paninis, salads, wholly cow burger, hamburger steak, but the pizzas are the very best! I’ve tried several different toppings and all are to die for. The service is always good too. And I love it that you can brown-bag your wine — a nice touch! My husband and I eat here often.

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