Party Like It’s (Cafe) 1912

87 Years Early? Or 82 Years Late?

Who doesn’t like Prince (or the symbol or whatever he’s going by these days)? That’s reason enough.

Party at 1912 Recently part of my usual crew threw around some text messages and a few phone calls to set up a little dinner out. With reservations made by someone else, K and I had the luxury of just going with the flow and not having to decide where to go out (which often seems to take as long as we actually spend out at dinner, that’s not just us, right?).

pic snagged from 1912's website

The crew set us up in the back bar area of Cafe 1912 at a table for 8 or so. I don’t know about you, but I love going out with a big group. It’s just a good chance to spend time with some folks, and it is nice to cut loose without anyone having to clean up later.

The Scene

1912 is right there on Cooper by Peabody in the same row as Barksdale’s. It is a casual bistro with great food, so it takes away any excuse you have for not eating right in Midtown. I’d say I saw more blue jeans than sport coats. The seating is fairly close, and the kitchen is open to the original dining area, so the overall experience is a laid back friendly one. Kind of like eating in someone’s house in the room off the kitchen, only if their breakfast room sat about 80 people and served wicked awesome food.

The Group Likes Grouper

A bunch of my friends ordered the grouper, and to tell you how good it must have been, not a single one of them gave me a bite. I’m a semi-professional eater and completely amateur food blogger. Let that sink in. No one, none, nobody. I really don’t pester my friends for bites of their food. That would be using my position for evil. I think I lean more towards idealism and would rather be a superhero than a supervillain (“take that Skelator!”) Anyway, the grouper was described on the menu as pan-seared grouper with roasted pepper and asparagus risotto, and sundried tomato beurre blanc. I believe a picture is often worth at least two dozen words, so here goes:

*Begin author’s side note* I think these pictures, and definitely the one below, came out pretty awesome. *End author’s side note*

*Begin author’s side side note* I don’t think of myself as an author. I think Walker Percy is an author. But even writing the word blogger makes me feel dorky, so author it is for today. *End “author’s” side side note*
The grouper looked pretty awesome. From what I heard the fish was cooked right and the risotto had a lot of flavor going on to complement the fish.

The Lyon, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 1912 has some awesome, awesome French styled salads. One such salad to cure your malaise is the delicious Lyonnaise, which is described by them as the Lyonnaise salad with smoked bacon, green beans, potato, and poached egg. Although I wasn’t the one that got it this time, I can vouch for how good it is. A runny poached egg adds a lot to the salad, and the combination of egg, potato, and bacon makes it really substantial enough to stand on its own. Like the C.S. Lewis book that I referenced in the section title, this salad is light enough to be considered easy, but also substantial and deep enough to make you want to come back for more. Make sense? No More Mr. Nic(ois)e Guy The second of 1912’s insanely legit salads in the Nicoise. When you order this, you get a  Niçoise salad of seared tuna, olives, tomatoes, capers, red onion, hard cooked egg, and basil with anchovy aïoli on the side. While they call this a salad, it is more of a seared tuna entree (small plate portion) on a salad base. This is a great combination of textures and flavors. Love this salad.

High Steaks I broke out of my usual mold and ordered up the strip steak with pommes frites and maître d’hôtel butter. I was impressed by the rare-medium cooking, which left me with tender meat underneath a charred outside. The herb butter was a great touch, and the french fries were thin, crisp, and salty, which is just the way they should be. This was a great plate for the meat and potato fan! Awesome.

1912 in 2011

Cafe 1912 is a great little spot to go get a great dinner with friends and family. The bar at the back was an inviting place for after work drinks and a place to watch the game without getting all Buffalo Wild Wings. I’d recommend it to anybody. I liked it so much that we are going back soon for the 2nd of the great Gathering of the Cousins events that bring together a decent portion of my quite large family. So gather your cousins or whomever and give it a try yourself. See you there!


You want to go to there:

Cafe 1912
243 So. Cooper at Peabody
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 722-2700

Sunday: 5:00 – 9:00
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 – 9:30
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 – 10:30
Brunch Sunday: 11:30 – 2:00

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  1. With reservations made by someone else, K and I had the luxury of just going with the flow and not having to decide where to go out (which often seems to take as long as we actually spend out at dinner, that’s not just us, right?).


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