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Commence Grinding. Muddy’s Grind House opens in Midtown.

Another Gnome Adventure.
I was recently talking to my sister about K, and she said something like, “if you told teenage me that one day my little brother would marry a girl that owns a coffee shop in Midtown, I wouldn’t believe it. Teenage me is so jealous right now.”

Well, I’m still not so sure that I believe a. K married me b. there is a new Muddy’s. But six and a half years after Kat opened Muddy’s Bake Shop, she is at it again with Muddy’s Grind House. It is the cute blue house on the hill at the corner of Cooper and Vinton smack dab in Midtown in the 38104.12

Kat and her team (above is Grind House manager Nicci, Kat, and Muddy’s Ops-man supreme Kip) have put a ton of work into getting that yellow door ready to open for customers. Just like the first store, this special place is a true labor of love. All of their hard work getting ready now gives them a place to do what they love doing. Here are a few examples of what they’ll be up to.

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Small Plates, Big Taste

Do you ever go to a favorite website/blog and get disappointed when you see the same post holding court at the top of the page? Well, it gets pretty old when that happens over and over. You just hope that someone will write something, anything. Well, when that was happening to me when I’d check out Eat Local Memphis, I realized I’m the only one that could fix it, as I am the only writer (maybe some other folks might want to share their thoughts on here, just a thought…if you would want to, holler at me). So, here we go. My usual spring includes a lacrosse induced writing hiatus, as I coach a team of scrappy laxers from January through May, and that both limits my time to eat out and to write. But, who can fault someone for coaching, right?

Back to the beginning

I think that sometimes the best way to get back into the groove is to get back to the basics. So, instead of hunting down the newest place to check out (don’t worry, I’ll get to all of those spots soon!), and K and I went to our faithful date-night spot, Tsunami. Well before I started writing about food, Tsunami was the place for me and my family to go get a great meal. The same thing was true for K and her peeps, so it naturally became one of our spots from the beginning. I read somewhere that people love to read lists, so here is one for you to try out.

Reasons Tsunami is awesome (not an exhaustive list)

  1. Delicious
  2. Consistency – both in quality of food, but also in quality of customer service. It certainly helps that so much of their staff have stayed there for a long time.
  3. Energetic atmosphere
  4. You always see someone you know
  5. Great bar
  6. Creativity

I’m going to expand on the last one, as that’s what keeps calling me back. One of my absolute favorite parts of the Tsunami menu is the list of small plates on the left side of the menu. These dishes rotate constantly. A dish could be on the list for a week, two, but often not too much more than that. This is the go-to list of what is fresh, fun, and in-season. The second benefit is that the plates are actually small, with smaller protein portions, which mean they cost a little less and make it easier to try more things. Win-win-win.

So, here’s what we got the other night from the small plate menu. If you want to try these, you should hurry on over there. First was a delicious portion of salmon (notice that small does not mean tiny), served over a bed of crawfish hash with a mustard sauce. It was awesome.

Salmon and Hash

Summer means Succotash

I love the summer. I like sitting on the porch and enjoying the shade and a nice breeze, as I am doing right now. Shorts, love em. Patios, parties, pools, punches, etc. Summer is also succotash season. That time of year when corn, beans, tomatoes, etc all come together, joining to make the ultimate summer side.

Halibut and Succotash

It is such a refreshing dish, full of fresh flavor. Tsunamis was edamame based, and was a perfect match for this flaky, delicious halibut. A perfect dish for a warm, summer night. Get out there and get this little plate before it is gone.

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Tsunami
928 Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 274-2556

The Second Line is First Class

Second Line 2

Ever since The Second Line was announced, Memphians (and a lot of food publications) have been eagerly awaiting Kelly English’s newest venture in the 901. I had the great pleasure of joining some friends and family for one last practice run before the official opening on Saturday at 4 (note, as they wait on a full liquor license, it will be beer-only for a bit).  The more I eat Kelly’s (and his team’s) food, the more I recognize how much I like everything they’ve ever put on my plate. So, like many of you, I’ve been dying to try his favorite casual New Orleans favorites.

Second Line 1

The Second Line is in a renovated house on Monroe right next to Restaurant Iris and roughly across the street from Overton Square. Inside, it has a nice large bar, a number of table for two and four, and a major patio out back that probably doubles the seating. Once we get into patio weather, it is going to blow up out there. A couple TVs at the bar mean this will be a prime place to take in a game with a nice meal and some drinks. I love the copper and teal color scheme going on inside, and the comfortable, open feel of the place. The interior is only broken up by what looks like an old brick fireplace that separates the main dining area into two spaces.

Second Line – First Course

My mom and I were joined by a new friend Jen, a New Orleans native, who gave our table some instant credibility and great company for a really fun dinner. It is well written on this blog that I love getting seated with new people at dinner, as it is such a good way to get to know some new people. To get started the four of us ordered up some appetizers from the Eat These First section of the menu. Everything looked strong, so it was a trouble to limit our order to only four items…

Second Line 4 meat pie

I love meat, and I love pie, so obviously we had to get the meat pies. These were excellent with a crispy crust and a tasty interior. Definite recommend, but do I really need to recommend a meat pie, c’mon?

Second Line 6 happy enchiladas

We also tried out the happy enchiladas, which have a pretty awesome provenance. Angela English described dreaming about this dish complete with the mole on top, white cheese on the bottom and pork inside. She woke up and told Kelly that these had to be on the menu. Here they are on day one, and I’m a big fan. When you see her, ask her about how they got their name for another good story.

Second Line 5 hushpuppies

The  next skillet had some tasty crabmeat and corn hushpuppies. Yum!

Second Line 3 midnight snack

My highlight of the starters was the gulf shrimp midnight snack, which is a piece of brioche toast topped with gulf shrimp, remoulade, and a poached egg. Get out of here. Just so delicious and rich.

I saw some of the other starters around, and the shwarma, the Brignole salad, the pimento fries, and the rangoons all looked pretty sweet. Hell, it all looked good. (See full menu)

For Richer or For Poboys

At this point the three of us were pretty pumped up and starting to boarder on a little full. But that wasn’t stopping anyone from getting some poboys. Kelly had been telling me recently about the importance of the bread, and this bread from New Orleans did not disappoint.

Second Line 7 johny snack ham poboy

I got the Johnny Snack, which is a ham and cheese poboy with gravy. The bread was crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and made even softer by the gravy. The ham and cheese were flavorful and the pickles were the icing on the cake. The fries were dark, crispy, and tasty. Our dining companion was excited that Crystal hot sauce was at every table, as she says it is the go-to hot sauce, so much so that she gave it as wedding favors. It was a great addition to the sandwich and fries, for sure. Use it.

second line 10 Verno

Jen went with the Verno, a braised chicken thigh poboy named after Chris Vernon. Listen to his show if you don’t already. Like the ham, this one got great marks. She got hers with the stewed beet greens, which would make an awesome part of a veggie plate.

second line 11 beet greens

My mom went old school with the shrimp poboy, and she loved it. Just pure, fried shrimp goodness dressed to impress with lettuce, tomato, and pickle.

second line 8 shrimp

She got an awesome side of the Asian-inspired Fancy Ass Cole Slaw, which was great and had a nice little kick to it.

second line 9 slaw

Final First Thoughts

I’m pumped about Second Line opening up for real on Saturday. I’m proud of Kelly and Angela for all of their hard work in creating a new, exciting place that serves excellent food and has great service. They’re creating jobs and giving people a great place to hang out. As a Memphian, I love people that are behind our city and trying to push us ahead both to outside audiences and the one inside that sometimes needs a little extra love. These two (and all of the team at Iris/TSL) are just that, and Memphis is lucky to have them.

So, get on over to Monroe, and enjoy their version of easy, comfortable food, and enjoy it. I’ll see you there, often!

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

The Second Line
2144 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

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Aye? Chiwawa!

A Remembrance of Treasures and Tacos

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Once upon a time there was a kid that grew up in Memphis. He can still remember that anytime his parents would take him Downtown or into Midtown, they would pass a jungle of a building on the South side of Madison. The impressionable youth would ask what it was all about, probably assuming that some kind of natural disaster like a zombie attack had occurred on the site. No, son, that used to be the prime pizza spot in all of Midtown. For years and years, he could not believe this, as it was seemingly abandoned and overgrown his entire life.

This short little story could be about me or about just about any of you that read the blog and are roughly 30 or so. Before that old building was transformed into a modern taco and hot dog shop by the Chiwawa team, I can not remember ever seeing one of Madison’s best pieces of real estate in anything other than its jungle glory. It was like the old built in grill in the back of my parents house that was overtaken by the ivy that lived in the yard.

But like Indiana Jones and anyone else that has gone into the jungle with an eye on a treasure, the Chiwawa folks saw gold in that spot. A little work and some elbow grease later, and Midtown has a sweet modern building with a double patio. Instead of sitting idle on the sidelines of an Overton Square resurgence, the space is home of a hopping taco and hot dog spot. Editor’s note – there are no hopping tacos. Hopping is in reference to the spot.

Taco Time

I’ve been in for lunch and dinner a couple of times so far, but I just went in last week to try the new taco creations. One of my friends, an excellent chef, worked with the Chiwawa team to develop some new tacos, and the ones I had showed his flair for pairing ingredients for awesome creations.

Chiwawa 1

Chiwawa and I don’t share the same china pattern; rather, I got these for the road and brought them back to Chez Eat Local. Some tacos just call for busting out the Florentine. What you see on the plate is a catfish taco, a pork belly taco, and an order of papas fritas aka fries.

Chiwawa Catfish Taco

Sometimes you go to a spot and order a dish and it is good enough to make you question whether you should ever order anything other than that. That’s the basic deal with this catfish taco. Not sure that there will be many dinners where I want more than two tacos, so it might take me a while to try the rest of them. As of right now, the catfish taco is on my must-order list.

Chiwawa Pork Belly

Here’s a nice look at a pork belly taco. When did you expect to say those three words together? Really. It is put together with refried beans, pickled white cabbage, and arbol chili vinegar. After this taco and the pickled lettuce at the Holding Pen, I’m going all-in on pickled greens as the secret ingredient in just about anything.

So, if you are like me at all, and you remember a time in which you could never figure out why that cool pizza building was never in action, now is your chance to go say thanks to the people that fixed it up into “sumthin real nice, Clark.” Thank them by buying tacos and watching movies on their Monday Movie Night, or by eating hot dogs. Your choice, but go say thanks and get the catfish while you’re at it. See you there!

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Chiwawa
2059 Madison Ave,
Memphis, TN ‎38104
(901) 207-1456

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I Know DKDC

 

 

Back in action…
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I’ve long been a major proponent of all of Karen Carrier’s restaurants. She mixes a combination of awesome style and design with excellent, unique food at all of her spots, so I was definitely excited to finally get over to her newest spot Bar DKDC. At the new place, she is bringing international street food to Cooper Young. She mixes the great food with an awesome collection of cocktails, so it is a great place for dinner or to chill out over drinks.

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Chill beverages.

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Rums all over the place on the drink menu. Cuban dishes on the food menu.

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Shrimp.

dkdc 5 fritters

Corn fritters with a blueberry jam. Awe….some.

dkdc 6 meat pies

 

Meat pies. All about it. These were great.

dkdc 7 fish sandwich

 

Fish club sandwich. One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is next door at the Beauty Shop, another Karen Carrier place. This one is a spicier cousin, and it is delicious. If it is on the menu, give it a shot.

dkdc 8 soup

 

This is their fish stew. Spicy, delicious.

Basically, it was an awesome menu of spicy Cuban food. Bar DKDC is an awesome spot for drinks, great eats, and a good time. Hit it up after work sometime this week and find out for yourself. See you there!

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Bar DKDC
964 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
901-272-0830

Alchemy is Magic

I went to Alchemy a bit ago to meet the new chef  Nick Seabergh and try out some of his items. Nick comes up to Memphis from Vicksburg, and he brings some real skill in the kitchen with him. Nice guy, who was definitely excited about cooking up here at Alchemy.

I started out by just filling up my plate with a nice variety of the appetizers that they had out. You can see some flank steak, some house smoked salmon, a little shrimp and grit, a deviled egg, and some potatoes. All good. Real talk.

alchemy plate

One of my favorite plates (for the record, I shared all of this food with some friends at the table), was this roasted asparagus with Benton’s bacon and a fried poached egg. You heard that right, they took one of the greatest items in all of fooddom, the poached egg, and breaded it up and fried it. Genius.

fried poached egg asparagus bacon

Whenever I go to a new place, I always ask around and see what my friends have to say about it. The buddy that I called told me in no uncertain terms that I must get the shrimp and grits. It was really good. Great flavor and awesome tasso ham gravy. Is shrimp and grits the ultimate comfort food? It is at least in the argument.

shrimp and grits

Next up was the great little sliders made with Donnell Farms beef and some pimento cheese. If you’re noticing that Alchemy does a great job of taking simple items and making them better by adding a little twist or an extra ingredient or flavor, you are getting the idea. They do a really good job on the details, which really makes it all standout. Look at those nice custom made buns from Jason Doty at Bluff City. Details.

sliders

Say someone comes up to you on the street and offers you some potatoes. He tells you that you can have them prepared with duck fat or without, which do you choose? Obvi, you take the duck fat. Check out that beautiful hanger steak served with delicious duck fat fingerling potatoes. What’s the extra detail besides the duck fat, you ask? Well, that’d be the nice smoke paprika aioli that goes with it all. Yum.

steak

I saved the best for last. These spicy chili roasted fish tacos were off the chain. I know that isn’t very descriptive in the foodie vernacular, but that’s what I have to say about it. If you want be to break it down any further, I would say they were awesome, and they are the first thing that I will order next time I go to Alchemy. How’s that?

tacos

Bonus Points

I actually did go back to Alchemy after this meal but before writing this. The next trip was for a drink and a chance to say bye to a friend that recently moved to the very far left side of the country. At the bar, I will typically order a N/A beer, because that is easy. Alchemy didn’t have any, so they offered to make me up a mocktail, which I greatly appreciate. Most times I don’t even ask, because the majority of bars don’t put much effort into that (high praise to Nick at Hog and Hominy and Andrew Michael for making it happen out there). They came back with the most awesome cucumber/citrus mocktail.

Bars would be much more fun for the non-drinker if more people would put their cocktail know-how into making non-alcoholic drinks. So, thanks again for that!

Wrap up

Hit it up. After work, Alchemy looks pretty calm and easy to manage. Late at night, the word is that it gets fun and loud, so whatever you are looking for, this place has it on offer. See you there.

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Alchemy
940 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN.
901.726.4444
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The Brunch Report – Sweet Grass Sunday

K rolled back into town today (2 Sundays ago at this point) around brunch time, so it was a great chance for us to go out, so that I could get the scoop on her travels. The usual brunch plan involves rolling over towards Cooper Young and figuring out a plan from there. Sweet Grass was the spot, and it was as awesome as usual. Seriously, if it isn’t a part of your brunch rotation, it should be. Here we go, the triumphant return of the Brunch Report.

Apologies for the cellphone photos, which definitely aren’t as good.

Our bartender/server was Johnny, and he hooked me up with a great n/a drink to get started. This was a n/a version of their Morning Refresher, which came out as ginger beer, lime juice, Sprite, and a cucumber. It was awesome and refreshing.

Mule

We opened up with a pretty eclectic set of starters, one for health and refreshment and one for comfort. Up first was a brulee grapefruit. It was incredibly sweet and refreshing.

brulee grapefruit

 

Basically, I love a good grapefruit, and there is nothing wrong with torching the sugar on top with a blow torch.

Biscuits and Gravy

 

Biscuits and gravy for comfort. These were baked up awesome and tall, and the gravy was rich. What more can you ask for?

Scone

 

A side benefit of running around town with a professional baker is that sometimes her friends that bake will send us out a little sample of their own baked goods. One of my favorite baked items in Memphis is the scone at Sweet Grass. Every week they have a different scone, and they are always awesome. Get them.

For this mega-brunch, one in which we admittedly went a little crazy, we got a couple of entrees. K started it up with the steak and eggs with the truffle fries.

Steak and Eggs

This was decidedly awesome. I mean really, what do you expect?

duck hash

I got the totes awesome duck hash with Henry Bain sauce and the fried eggs. Everything about this dish is good. And lastly, because we are insane, we ordered dessert. Who says “no” to chocolate peanut butter pie? Who? Not me…

pie

I will admit that we had one bite and then took the rest home. Eyes were bigger than the stomach, or so they say.

Last thing. I always have really good service when I go to either of the Sweet Grass restaurants. That was the case again with Johnny offering us up great food, drinks, and conversation. It was a really enjoyable Sunday, and I’d reckon most of you would enjoy it just the same. See you there!

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Sweet Grass
937 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104

Bolt to Evelyn and Olive

“Life is one experience that only a fool a could refuse” -Joe Higgs

Somewhat recently, K and I hopped into the old family sedan and popped in one of my old favorite reggae albums for background music on our way to a new experience. There’s nothing quite like a small breeze coming through the window as the slow sounds of Joe Higgs lead the way to something new.

I still remember driving down University St. in Fort Collins, CO for the first time as I drove myself to school with Joe leading the way. It was only fitting that I brought him along to Memphis’ newest Jamaican restaurant, Evelyn & Olive.  With the mood set, we got down to business and after a few introductions from our friendly server, we found ourselves sipping wine and the cane sugared Jamaican lemonade seen above. Cane sugar makes a big difference, thus it was great.

For the food we started with the Kingston cabbage, which was sauteed in Caribbean spices along with sweet peppers. It definitely got us off to a good start.

Next up we got the grilled jerk shrimp, which were delicious and well spiced. They came with rice and a nice little salad of cucumbers and tomatoes.

We also got the awesome Kingston stew fish, which was tilapia pan-seared with Jamaican spices, pimento, country pepper and scallions, served with rice & peas. This was my favorite part of the meal. Definitely a good choice.

For dessert, we got the bread pudding, because, why wouldn’t you get the bread pudding? Am I right? It was a highly seasoned variation with a nice cinnamon cream to go with it.

Overall it was a great meal, and it is a great new(ish) addition to the Memphis dining scene. I always like when we get more options to try different regional cuisine. My advice is to fire up your best reggae tunes and bolt on down Madison to Evelyn and Olive.

See you there!

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Evelyn and Olive
630 Madison Ave
Memphis, Tn 38103
901.748.5422

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The Fab Fifteen – Chef’s Choice at Iris

Back during the summer my mom decided to turn a normal weekend into a Memphis staycation. Since she wasn’t going out of town, she decided to treat Memphis like she would treat another city while on vacation. That meant going out to dinner with K and I. So, imagine you’re from somewhere other than Memphis (I know, horrible, right???), and you look up restaurants in Memphis. One of the first things that you’ll probably find out is that Kelly English and Restaurant Iris seemingly win every award that is out there. Seriously, they might have to buy up an extra building on Monroe to house their trophy case.

As an out-of-towner, you’d probably get on Open Table and set up a reservation. So that’s what we did. Since everything I’ve ever tried at Iris has been good awesome, I’m always interested in trying as much as possible. Fortunately, they make that easy with their 5 course meal option, where they’ll hook you up with small portions of three starters and of an entree plus a dessert. Since, we’re all family, and sharing plates is how it works, we asked if we could get as many different plates as possible. We only had one overlap during the entire meal, so if you decide to include the amuse, then you can call this dinner the Fab Fifteen.

Amusing

Sometimes you go to a place that has a great combination of skills and confidence, like an MC in his prime or a ninja. Places like that will often give you a hint of their greatness early on through an amuse, a little bite of something that shows exactly how much they can do in one bite. Iris showed up early with this.

This little batch of tempura fried tomatoes with a sweet jelly was an awesome treat. The best and worst of a good amuse is that after you finish the bite, all you want is to eat more and more. I’d consider this a gateway bite, aka a bit that leads to bigger and more intense bites.

In the Beginning

I’m going to break these down into groups of three to follow along the progression of courses. I’ll start with a little story. All three of us went in with totally open minds about what we would get during the course of dinner. My mom, however, made one request. She asked that at some point, out of her five courses, could she please get some of the fried oysters. They came early.

I could tell you the long version about these oysters, using words like amazing, delicious, heritage, etc. Instead, I’ll share the short version. My mom almost cried because they were so good.

The good places know, don’t they? Somehow they know that K’s favorite thing is this lobster knuckle sandwich, and then it shows up on her plate. I’ve described this in detail before, but I’ll remind you that this luscious lobster sandwich on buttery bread is simplistic excellence at its best. Everything on the dish is there to make the lobster more delicious.

This is the Iris foie gras, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t tear up, but it wouldn’t have been out of the question. This was rich. Really rich.

Richie Rich.

But really, it was amazingly flavorful. I’ve recommended it to every one of my friends that was going to Iris after this dinner (sidenote, I also really recommend that they get the 5 courser, just sayin’).

You Two Can Fly

After round 1, we all knew that we were in for an amazing meal over the course of the next couple hours.

This slow roasted Tamworth cochon de lait is so full of flavor. One good sign of a great meal is that even when you know you shouldn’t, you end up dipping your french bread into the sauce to wipe the plate clean. That happened with this.

This scallop was beautiful. The vegetables and the Benton’s bacon took it to the next level. That is all.

I didn’t get the best photo of this one, but this is a salad that includes pickled watermelon (you read that correctly, I assure you), fried sweetbreads, and some peppery arugula. Yum! I’m noticing a trend here. If you make a great batter, use it to cover up delicious ingredients like oysters or sweetbreads, then fry it to perfection, you end up with something amazing. Just sayin’.

Let’s See What Three Can Be

Third course was a pure salad course, which was excellent. I started us out with this awesome shrimp salad. Greens, cheese, roumalade sauce, olives, and shrimp.

Pretty awesome. For the ladies, we had the one plate that was doubled up, and with good reason.

The heirloom tomato and crab salad is probably the best choice on the menu for something light and delicious when it is available. I imagine that we’re past time for this, but if you ever see it, you can be sure that it will be a great treat. Few things are as good by themselves as a perfect heirloom tomato, so when you add in the little extras with this, it just puts them over the edge and into greatness.

More? Here Comes Number Four.

I was psyched when my fourth course came out. I don’t know if it was that the sauce came out in a french press and was slowly poured over my fish at the table or if it was the knowledge that it had recently been on the 100 things to eat in Memphis before you die list in the Commercial Appeal. The yellowjack and gulf shrimp with the harissa cafe au lait was pretty awesome!

Well deserved place on the list, I’d say.

Here’s another delicious piece of fish. Here’s how well the meal was going. I forgot to write this one down. I’ll holler at someone from Iris to get the description and fill it in. I remember this, it was good.

Here was the kobe beef that was on the menu for a while this summer. Super meat prepared superbly. For all of these final savory courses, it was almost like we were totally crunk on the food and the experience. I was so wrapped up in the moment of taste and pass, taste and pass, that I couldn’t keep very many notes at this point. Like I said earlier, even as we kept getting fuller, you could tell how good these were by looking at the plates we sent back to the kitchen. Nothing but a little sauce, streaked across the plate by our last attempts to soak it all up with the french bread.

Fiver – The Sweet Surrender

First out was a lemon cake with lemon ice cream. It was awesome. It tasted fresh and tart, and it was a great cool down after such a rich meal.

Here’s a little hello dolly cake with coconut and chocolate and some homemade graham cracker (!!!) ice cream. Look, can I just say that I love homemade, good ice cream, especially in unique flavors like graham cracker. Dense, rich, packed with flavor. The goal of this was to continue the push towards full on food coma.

Last but definitely not least. This is my new top dog for dessert. This is a peach shortcake with buttermilk ice cream. Not only is buttermilk ice cream my current favorite, but the peaches were so delicious and it was an amazing combination. Loved it.

15 Down – 1 to go

There we were with fifteen different plates down. So good that I could barely walk or talk. So good that I lost track of what was happening at some point during course four. But, here we go for the final one to go.

I said earlier that Restaurant Iris and Kelly English win a ton of awards. Well, they are much deserved. Restaurant Iris hits this amazing balance. As a “fancy” restaurant, they have a beautiful but comfortable interior, the staff is highly trained and knowledgeable but welcoming and friendly, and the food is extremely well executed but never flashy or trendy. I think some places out there (not really much in Memphis) win diners over with a flashy, trendy experience but Iris wins us all over with pure, old-school excellence. If someone asked me to tell them why I like it so much in short, I’d say that Iris is the place that I could take a friend, a foodie, a visitor, my mom, my brother, or my grandmother, and I know that any of them would love it. It is so good that I have been known to go by myself every now and then…

If you haven’t been yet, figure out a special occasion and take someone that you want to have a great time with. This place is a treasure and Memphis is lucky to have it. See you there!

-Thomas

You want to go to there:

Restaurant Iris
2146 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
901.590.2828

Quick Bites – Raw Midtown

Take-out. We all do it sometimes. And, I imagine if you are at all like me, you have a couple of go-to numbers that you dial when you realize it is past dinner time, you’re hungry, and you have nothing to cook. Here’s one of mine:

Dial (901) 725-0005

Sekisui Midtown is probably less than a mile from my house. Google Maps informs me that is it 0.6 miles away. It is as easy as pie to order it up and pick it up.

Best part is that no matter how many times we order, we never seem to get the same items! The one constant mainstay over the past couple of months has been the house cucumber roll, which is light and delicious.

I’ll be there, often. See you there!

-Thomas

you want to go to there:

Sekisui Midtown
25 South Belvedere Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 725-0005